Monday, March 03, 2008

Gardening is Good


Its been quiet over here at the buttercup casa. Contemplative and quiet. Thank you to everyone who has offered condolences and empathy via our comments section, email and phone. It all has helped...and I am grateful.

Gardening has helped, too. For months I haven't wanted to venture to the backyard as my guilt has been heavy & I couldn't bear to look at how neglected my garden has been. I was convinced that after the combination of last summer's heat wave, three (fairly) back to back long vacations w/o a gardener and just the schlump that the end of 2007 bestowed upon me - my garden might never recover. I should have known better...

The snowdrops are thriving!


As are the Hellebores!


Can you see the weeeensiest bit of green on this Viburnum?? I thought FOR SURE I'd killed it last year - but the girl is coming back!!


Finally, here is a picture of my Flowering Quince. Long time buttercup readers may remember how I planted the original on the first Mother's Day after we were logged in - that was 2006. It died, so I planted a second last May. It did okay as I watered it religiously last summer. Here's a link to that story & pics. Sure looks like we just might see it bloom for the first time this Spring! EX-cellent!


Just for fun, here is a pic of my latest plush creation. Harriet the Hoot Owl! Doesn't she look cute amongst the Forget-me-nots?


Thank goodness for the Garden.
xo

24 comments:

Jessi said...

Dude. I love Harriet. Look at how cute she is!

Your garden is still gorgeous. I can't wait to see how grand it looks in a few weeks...

OH MY #6 said...

Harriet is awesome.

Love the garden. Can't wait for it to happen here.

Lea

Jenni said...

Wow - It's so nice to see green. Maybe we'll see that here in a few more months!

Rhonda said...

Thanks for the look at your garden...our lawn is still covered with tons of snow. At least you gave me something to look forward to. ;)

I'm really loving Harriet. ;)

Tammy said...

Harriet is a HOOT! Ha! Ha! So cute!

LOVE the picture of your cat looking out the window - would look awesome enlarged and framed.

PIPO said...

I LOVE that first photo..it's beautiful.

As for gardening. I love to look and enjoy but am the kiss of death. I will live my gardening fantasies through your endeavors!

That little owl is too cute. Straying from fruits and veggies, oh my!!oqqyc

3D said...

Your beautiful garden raises my spirits. Esp. when we are in for a dumping of snow today.

Keep smilin!

Mamacita said...

Wow. A garden! In March! How lovely. I like Harriet a lot.

We still have 2 feet of white in our garden.

Kayce said...

LOVE Harriet!

Keep up the gardening...it's therapeutic for the soul as I'm sure you know.

Shannon said...

Harriet is darling! Your garden is so lovely...you'd be ashamed to see mine! I do have some daffodils coming up, though! =)

Joannah said...

The garden is looking fine!

Harriet is so cute. You are so creative!

kris said...

I SO want to go broke buying all your stuffies. My grandma LOVED owls. Reminds me of my grandma.

I've missed you. Sigh.

isepa said...

With a blooming garden comes new hope! Harriet is awesome. She looks like she could be Hello Kitty's new best friend or Kai-Lan's new best friend.

Project Ni Hao said...

The garden looks lovely. I've got a couple of months to go, so I'll live vicariously through you for a while.

Lili & Robin said...

gardening is good. enjoyed seeing your green. -Lili

atomic mama said...

Gardening is very good. Glad yours is calling you out! We're germinating our spring seedlings right now. Good times.

Carolyn said...

Aw... Harriet is a cutie!
Green envy over here. Still shrouded in ice and snow. Enjoy your spring- so fresh with possibilities.

thebench said...

If you like Hellebores especially those with Green flowers - You have to see the Heronswood Nursery collection which includes Helleborus x hybridus 'Phoenix'. Masses of olive green flowers with a burgundy margin bloom in early March.

Mrs. Vandertramp said...

Is those actual real-time pictures? As in there is green somewhere out there in this frozen world?? That's a good thing. May the time in the garden bring more peace.

walternatives said...

I'm glad that the gardening is healing for you, sweetie. Grow, girl, grow. (ok, that was a terrifically bad pun, but I just couldn't help myself).

Lisa M. said...

Harriet looks good out there! Love spring, my wisteria is starting to bloom a little, yay. Happy gardening!

FDChief said...

How did I miss this post? The garden looks awesome. Wow! And such a cute little owl. You are the wise one, darlin'...thanks for the lovely glimpse of spring

Anne Marie said...

Ahh, so peaceful and life affirming. Harriet looks right at home.

I was just watching "Spellbound" last night (about the national spelling bee) and Hellebore was one of the words! Never heard it before -- poor boy only spelled it with one L and got eliminated.

Lola Granola said...

Hi from someone just getting started on the China journey...thanks for the peek at your garden! Ours is still under 2 feet of snow, and today my son made up a song about spring that included the line "The mud is on the driveway, the mud is on the land..."

I want your spring!