Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter Best/Updated*

Cool thing about California is that pretty much every day is sunny. When you are someone like me, however, you long for the rain. For the main reason, well, ya'know...without rain....one must water ones own damn garden.

Oh well.

As I promised to myself a few months ago, I have successfully reconnected with my garden. And, I must say - it looks pretty darn good. Really, really good, actually! This is...quite honestly...the best time of the year for our backyard because I have yet to completely burn out on the watering aspect of my gardening responsibilities.

On with the tour:

Here are my Parrot Tulips. Pretty...yes?? One of the many, many hoards of bulbs that I planted about 5 years ago to return. Because we rarely get a frost around here, bulbs that you want to return are supposed to be dug up and (I think) refrigerated then replanted. That is just not going to happen. For whatever reason, the Parrot tulips want to come back and that makes me very happy.


These are what my mother told me were "Mock Orange" - I didn't plant them, but I love that I inherited their sweet loveliness. Soon they will bloom and when they do - they really smell like orange! Cool.



The next 2 pics are of our climbing Clematis. I spent Easter Sunday untangling them from the pervasive Jasmine vine. Definitely worth it.





This next pic is of my most favorite rose in our backyard - my Sammy Rose. It commemorates my beloved cat, Sam. It is an Altissimo climbing rose and brought me so many smiles. I love red.


I'd like to introduce the amazing Foxglove patch. They are just ready and waiting to open up. Stay tuned for future pics of their loveliness.....


Finally, a pic of my favorite inherited rosebush - I wish I knew the name. It is a wonderful peachy color and blooms like crazy. I'll post pics when it is showing its stuff. Look carefully in the background - who do you see in the window????



Finally - a pic of the Virgin Veggie Bed. By weeks end - it will have new babies tucked in and all sorts of hopes bestowed upon it.


I must confess...I did end up making a trip to the yarn shoppe. My LYS (local yarn shop) is closing and everything is 30-50% off! What else could I do??? Look at my lovely cache:


Did I mention that I love red?


*I re-loaded my pics b/c something wiggy happened & I have no idea where they went. Hope that it is fixed now.

27 comments:

Anne Marie said...

OOOHHH...beautiful. Can't wait to see the follow-up pics of everything in bloom and to see the fruits (so to speak) of your veggie garden. Hi to Iris!!!

The pic of the rose in memory of Sam didn't come up. I'll check back later.

a&mg said...

I love the garden pics! I was so looking forward to a garden this summer, but won't be doing that now that we are headed north!

Doris & Dan said...

Lovely!

I have a black thumb so I envy those who garden well.

Keep smilin!

Donna said...

Beautiful yard and yarn! Can't wait until I have time to weed my yard.

Just learned how to knit so I'm off to buy some yarn for my first project!

natalee said...

I, like Doris, cannot garden to save my life and envy the beauty of your garden.

Thanks for sharing!

Jonni said...

Your garden is looking beautiful! What pretty colors. You are making me want to put my hands in the dirt and grow something. :)

Hugs,
Jonni

Mark & Michelle said...

How great that your garden is already blooming...our has not even started yet...hopefully in about 5 weeks we can get out there without threat of frost...

Joannah said...

Your garden has some of my favorites in it! My garden is heavy on roses, and I can hardly wait for the first blooms. I hope to get some colorful annuals in the flowerbeds to liven things up a bit, too. I've got lots of time for such things now!

C.J. said...

That's some beautiful stuff there!

I can't keep things alive (in the plant world) to save my life.

Barb said...

Beautiful garden!
There's something about digging in the dirt that is so grounding.
And the yarn stash...what's in the plans for that lovliness?

Mariah said...

Does the Buddha help??? I need help growing big juicy yummy tomatoes..love em!!

atomic mama said...

Beautiful!

Stacy said...

Your garden is beautiful. I wish I could put in a vegetable garden, but the deer are like squirrels around here ~ everywhere! They eat is faster than I can put it in practically.

I love the yarn. What are you going to make?

Irena said...

My favorites are the foxgloves. Show me them when they are fully bloomed. Happy Gardening!

Kelli said...

Garden looks GREAT! I need to get on with mine!
OH no, what will you do without your LYS???? A "new" one just moved to my neighborhood 2 yrs ago and I LOVE IT. would be so sad if it left....! Pretty yarns!

Laura said...

Beautiful! I'm so jealous! We are still cold here. :-(
hugs,
Laura

Mrs. Vandertramp said...

Envy is a bad thing, isn't it? All I can say is lucky duck. Beautiful garden! We have some tall mock oranges and I have to agree with you, they are amazing! My favorite time of the summer... Oh, and the pics of the cat in your earlier post definitely made me smile!

jk said...

STILL jealous of your garden - keep sending the pictures!

LA CONDO dweller . . .

Melissa O said...

Beautiful! I may catch up to your garden in, oh, August. Can't wait to see pictures of veggies growing!

Shandra said...

Looks wonderful. Soon you will have a little one out there picking all those pretty flowers!

Wicked Witch said...

Can you come love on my frozen garden? i like the yarn, btw!

Tammy said...

WOW! What an impressive garden! I'm totally jealous.

Elizabeth said...

Wow your garden is so so so lovely. We are just attempting to put ours togeter now. We'll see what survives. Inspiring.

Jen said...

oooooh, love the photos. I'm sitting at work and what a refreshing view instead of the one from my cube :)

I'm so jealous of your vege garden. It's on my list but time is creeping away. If only I could get my husband to stop working so much and help me build a raised bed :) Take care!

Debra Sue said...

Lovely! So jealous - we're expecting snow tomorrow! Mid April snow sucks.

Can't wait to see more.

P.S. I love red too!

tundrachica said...

SWEET garden! I can't wait to start my own this year.
If you like yarn you might like this website
stitchymcyarnpants.com

It's quite good. :)

Jessi said...

Beautiful! I am totally loving the yarn. And holy cow woman, you get a lot of comments!