Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A garden is a job forever. . . . . .


Today is our sixth straight day of brilliant sunshine and temperatures reaching 80+.
Also our sixth day for working outside for a few hours. Showers may arrive early
 evening and will be good for the garden, washing away more pollen and
moisturizing the newly planted seeds.  
Yesterday planted my row of sunflower seeds along the low wall between
 us and our neighbor, the 'other Bob'. Hopefully, come summer, we will have that
 wonderful annual display and plenty of seed treats for the birds. If the squirrels and 
deer stay away I will be overjoyed, although these days I'm happy to feed anyone
who may be searching for food!

A few more garden photos from yesterday - and here I will just say many, many thanks
 for all the generous comments you have left about my garden. 
 Just wish we could all sit here in the sunshine with the pandemic over and just a
memory, and people safe again.
There's at least one bird nesting in the house but it flew out so quickly when I
 was photographing the roses I couldn't see who it was. Usually we get Eastern
 bluebirds and nuthatches, and I think it was the latter.
The Knockout roses are coming into bloom. . . . . . 
. . . . . . and the snowball bush is bursting with such pretty greenish flowers,
but will soon turn white.


The arbor and gate into the back garden has a 'gone wild' trumpet vine.  
Cut to the ground a couple of years back when we painted, it's certainly taken off 
this spring and dozens of flower buds are opening quickly due to this warm weather.



Many of you have truly beautiful gardens that far surpass mine! Like me, 
I know you are finding your outdoor space a safe and special place to be.

Continue to stay safe, distanced from others no matter how much
 you want to hug, and remain well.


23 comments:

  1. Beautiful Mary. We are still a week or so behind you. Take care.

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    1. Patience dear Penny - and I see your trees greening up now. Our pollen is bad - thick, yellow and Bob is out with the blower a couple of times a day!

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  2. I can assure you that mine is not among them. ☺ Spent some time raking in the yard today and truly enjoyed being out in the fresh air and sunshine even if the temps are thirty-five degrees cooler than yours. Sounds as if summer has arrived there. Looking forward to that day you mention when we will all be safe again. At least, the birds get out and about...

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    1. Yes Vee, the birds are very lucky being able to fly above this sad and broken world at present. Maine weather is often chilly I know - but I still would love to live in New England again!

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  3. You are way ahead of us Mary. How lovely to have so much prettiness!

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    1. Barbara - hope Cornwall is warming up - know how much you enjoy your garden.

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  4. Oh Mary your garden is so beautiful, enjoy your sunshine! I'm very envious of your weather!!

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    1. Rain, I know you're busy getting ready to move to your new home - you will be gardening before too long, hopefully in warmer weather. You really have had your share of snow recently!

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  5. Wonderful floral photos Mary. Look after yourself.

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    1. Thanks Ali, you be careful too - may your family stay well.

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  6. Your gardens already look like ours do in the summer! Can you believe we actually had summer-like temps today? It was 79 degrees and sunny! But tonight it's now raining and then temps are going to drastically fall. It will only be high of 45 by Thurs. This one day of the teaser warm temps was wonderful.

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    1. Melanie the weather can change drastically in springtime - we may get storms today but it's very warm too.

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  7. Your garden is beautiful and so much further along. I saw my first rose bud today, but it will be awhile. Love seeing your roses. How I love snowball bushes too, not something we have in the garden. The sunflowers will be wonderful, what a feast your critters will have.

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    1. Marilyn, having also visited your lovely garden, and that fabulous greenhouse, I know you are glad also to have a special place right now. We are blessed.

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  8. Your garden is your own piece of paradise, Mary! (I may have said that before, but it is simply true.)

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    1. I'm so glad we didn't move Meike - this small garden is really therapeutic and helping us now when we can't go far!

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  9. That looks like an English garden in about June. When I bought my house I was looking after my mother's garden so deliberately chose somewhere with just a very small yard. Now I rather wish I had somewhere to potter about and when I see your garden I'm slightly jealous.

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    1. John, many years back I tried to make an English 'cottage garden' but was thwarted by the hot, humid summers here so lost most of the cottage garden perennials I planted. I had to go with more typical southeastern plants and shrubs which at first I didn't really love but have managed to get used to! We only have a quarter acre lot, not huge but manageable at least for the time being! Pottering is certainly keeping us sane these days!

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  10. Dear MARY,
    Your hard work is showing. To make a garden look this beautiful takes a lot of judicious planning. You and Bob have created a masterpiece.

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    1. Gina you are too kind, but thank you. Your own gardens and land, around the loveliest house I've ever visited, are so beautiful - looking forward to seeing your new plantings/flowers as your warmer season arrives.

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  11. It's always a pleasure to see your garden. We don't work hard enough in it to make it look nice.

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  12. Your garden looks beautiful Mary and is bursting into life .... we have had lovely weather for the past week but no where near as hot as yours ! Even though I have done something to my back, I have tried to do a little bit each day in the garden .... it is all starting to come alive .... my favourite time of the year. I shall do before and after photographs on my blog soon.
    Look after yourselves Mary .... am always thinking of you. XXXX

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  13. Such beautiful flowers, Mary. You must be enjoying your garden so much just now. Our roses are still about 2 months away. That trumpet vine is so full and lush. Yes, I'm looking forward to the day when we can visit and move about freely.

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