Monday, May 3, 2021

Blooming in April

Many mornings you can find me nose-deep in flowers, still half asleep and barefoot, but inhaling flower scents nonetheless. I don't need coffee to wake me up. All  need is dew on my toes, sniffing a rose, pollen up my nose.

It's true: most mornings I roll out of bed and head out to the garden. Admittedly, I need to tend to the dogs first: Raka, the big dork, acts like she hasn't eaten in days, and she will let you know in no uncertain terms. Hazel, the little dog, freaks out every morning like she hasn't seen me in months, so I need to reassure her that I am indeed here to stay for the long haul.

Dogs thusly fed and assured, we step out the front door, where usually a brisk wind rattles our ears. The dogs pee and chase the bunny while I administer my daily inspections: how many millimeters has each plant grown since yesterday? How many more degrees did a flower bud open?

When we first moved here a little over a year ago, there were only two small Rhododendrons. Before doing anything at our new place, I spread compost around the house's foundation and planted lots of things I had dug up from our Marblemount Homestead.

Why pay for new plants if you can just steal their babies?

Almost all of the things you can see in these photos were either divisions of old plants, gifts from fellow gardeners, or plants grown from seeds scattered on the Earth in spring. 


Truly, dear reader, growing a lush flower garden doesn't need to be expensive. 

I do have to admit, though, that Old English roses are one of my weaknesses (together with dark chocolate, a nice silk yarn, and puppy kisses). So whenever there is a thing to celebrate (Mother's Day! It's coming up! Steve!!! Kids!!!! Are you reading this????), I like to go to Christianson's, my favorite nursery dangerously close to our house. They have an AMAZING assortment of everything, including Old English roses.

I could spend days there. 

Someone please forward this to my husband Steve, and maybe he'll see my oh-so-subtle hints. 


What are you growing nowadays?


  1. So nice to hear from you again! Everything looks gorgeous. I agree with you about plants. In Madera we propagated 6 poplar trees by simply taking cuttings, putting them in water, waiting for healthy roots to form and then planting them. When we left CA the trees were 8 feet tall! I suppose by now you know we moved to Arizona and it's a whole new learning experience. However, right away I've learned that mulberry trees are easily propagated and we have 2 mulberries that desperately need pruning! There is some disagreement as to whether it's best to splice the cuttings to root stock or if we can just do the same as we did in Madera. We'll figure it out. Everybody thinks their way is right and you know what? They're probably all right! Happy propagating Day!

    1. Yay! Great to see you here. Arizona is certainly different than CA!

  2. Is that Lungwart just one plant? I've never seen one plant so huge. I have just ordered three of them, but haven't put the in the ground yet. Now I will have to rethink my shade garden planting.

    1. Yes, the Pulmonaria Lungwort is just one plant! It's happy there! Mine weren't that big for a while - this one is a few years old. And they make babies. I love them... they are the first things to bloom for me, and the hummingbirds go nuts!

  3. How lucky that you live so close to Christianson’s! And the new plantings look lovely! ♥️♥️♥️

  4. How lucky that you live so close to Christianson’s! And the new plantings look lovely! ♥️♥️♥️

    1. I literally live 15 minutes away, plus an easy bike ride, too!


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