We could learn a few things from the bees. They were out in full force on Friday, the first full day of spring. They buzzed from hellebores to crocuses and then from crocus to crocus. I'm sure they visited the irises and snowdrops, too. The bees know a sunny day shouldn't be wasted in the springtime. They know the pollen from those early spring flowers isn't going to be there forever until they get around to it. This is not the lazy season. When the sun is shining and those flowers are open … [Read more...] about Go, go, go. Buzz, buzz, buzz.
I have finally come across a phrase to describe those blooms that hang on well past their season or show up after their season is over. Floral flotsam. The season for these blooms, this flotsam of the garden, has sailed away, leaving them to hang on for as long as they are able. In the early summer, there is not much floral flotsam left over from spring. Or perhaps there is some floral flotsam among the tulips and we are just too busy with all the other blooms that seem to come in rapid … [Read more...] about Floral Flotsam
A pansy from another spring, in the past I'm ready! I have seeds. I have new gardening gloves. I have a new hoe. I have increased my knowledge of gardening, finding tidbits and treasures down winding halls and behind hidden doors in the rabbit hole of old gardening books. I'm ready for spring. Where is Spring? Spring is in the wings, waiting and watching Winter make what we all hope is her last grand stand, a lovely performance featuring a coating of ice, which should melt by mid-day … [Read more...] about I’m Ready!
Hello Fall of '12! Good bye and good riddance Summer of '12. Wherever you came from, please don't come back. You were a season of stealth. Day by day, hour by hour you robbed my garden of all that is good about summer with your record high temperatures and your stinginess with rain. But you are in the past, Summer of '12, and Fall of '12 already seems one hundred times better, though it is only been here for a few hours officially. The temperatures are … [Read more...] about Hello Fall of ’12!