March 20, 2013

Good Grief!

                                                                                                                                                                   First day of spring and our deck still looks like this. 

First day of spring 2012,
crocuses were blooming.

I'm not much of a garden blogger these days, but not ready to give it up. Will keep plugging along and see if the upcoming growing season motivates me.

"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"    -Mark Twain

February 28, 2013

Dreams Vs. Reality

Dreaming of days like this when the sky was blue and the sun was shining down on my sunflowers.
"In the midst of winter, I finally learned
that there was in me an invincible summer."
-Albert Camus-

But, sadly, this is the reality of late February in WI.

On a cheerier note, the celery is growing nicely in a containter hand-painted by a local nursing home resident.

Looking forward to the snow melting, spring rains and the blooms that follow.

I better hurry and hit publish if I want to claim I blogged at least once this month.


January 31, 2013

Real or Fake?

Found myself at Home Depot in hopes of finding something in bloom and wasn't disappointed because there was a full shelf of colorful blooming cacti. Didn't buy one because P3 already has a couple cacti at our house which, by the way, never bloom. See photo of him below doing a little repotting on the kitchen counter.

Back to the cacti in bloom. I started wondering about this and did a little digging. According to MrBrownThumb, the growers glue on straw flowers to make the plants more appealing to shoppers. Maybe everyone knows this, but I didn't and now must go back to Home Depot to check it out for myself.

Saw this squirrel out in the yard and was happy that he'd found something to eat, but had my fingers crossed that it wasn't one of my tulip bulbs.
'Passionale/Shirley' Tulips
May, 2012

January 20, 2013

Deep Into January

It is deep January. The sky is hard.
The stalks are firmly rooted in ice.

Wallace Stevens
No Possum, No Sop, No Taters

Saw these sunflowers today as I drove the country roads. They've motivated me to get back into blogging.

I've missed seeing your gardens.