Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Goodbye Elspeth

Elspeth Thompson of Gardening Against the Odds has died. What a terribly sad loss to her family and to all of us who loved her work. She who created so much beauty around her still could not avoid the dark side of life. Yet her posts were invariably a source of joy and brought many smiles to my face as did her pictures. Wherever you may be, Elspeth, I hope you found respite.

To Cut or Not to Cut?

That is my question. All winter I wait expectantly for the tulips chosen and planted in fall. Creamy orangy ones, pink ones, tiny species bulbs that return year after year, and the wildly fringed hybrids that last just one season. Winter was so mild that they thrived and are just about to delight me.

Except, except that the forecast threatens high winds, thunder and hail today. Enough to flatten any tender spring flowers.

So I can take a chance, leave them be and enjoy them for days to come. Or, I fill a vase knowing that they last but a short time.

Oh, I know there are real problems out there, but it is a real enough torment for a gardener to decide whether to cut or not to cut.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring Is Here

Early spring is with us!

The gardeners are out planting, weeding, dividing and exchanging plants. This is the best time of year for me though maintaining the garden is becoming more of a liability than a pleasure. I try to simplify, if only the weeds would do the same!
The front yard now minus the huge liquid amber with devoured light and water, needs to be re-thought. So I planted three landscape roses called "Baby Blanket". Fingers crossed. Then I took pictures so I will remember where to add bulbs next fall.

Today I planted nasturtiums, fed the roses and made a lengthy mental list of "things to do in the garden". I keep my eyes open for aphids, slugs and centipedes, all my "bêtes noires" regardless of their color. I am aiming for zero tolerance this year.

I never cared for lawns and mine will become an attractive display of gravel and river rocks in the next few days. Add a crisp new garden umbrella, new cushions for the chairs in front and back,et voilà, a new look for 2010.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Music for a Grey Morning

Courtesy of my friend Mokhtar and youtube, here is a sweet song to put a little smile on a grey drizzling morning by the Berber singer Hindi Zahra

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Where on Earth?

Who would parade King Kong covered in citrus? Just hazard a guess.