Bloom Thyme Friday: Lemons to Lemonade

In gardens and in life it’s best when life gives you lemons, to make lemonade.
If you have been gardening for even a short time you know that gardens are ever changing. One of the strongest agents of change in my garden is winter. While I am a huge fan of spring. Sometimes the changes that winter pushes through while we are all comfy and cozy by the fireplace with our loves—are “chilling.”  Such was the case this year. Our winter came late, was harsh, warmed up early and then really hit us hard. A few of my roses were not fans and gave up or decided to take their sweet time showing up again.

But it was not the roses that took the biggest hit. It was our Winter Gem Boxwood Hedge. Many of the plants in this hedge had been here 10 years, some only 6. Ironically, we loved them especially in the winter when the snow would fall on them. They are gone now … all of them. I cried. As I looked at the blank canvas, Mr G says he saw that gleam in my eyes. I will add a few things this year but will do more in 2019 as it evolves and I live with our new open space. No question, I will miss my hedge and may even plant another one. But, I’m gonna take some time.


One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:19. He’s always got a plan!


Hope your week is filled with beauty and a tall glass of homemade lemonade, if  you need a recipe to try, my recipe is here.  Sure love making lemonade with my boys!





8 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme Friday: Lemons to Lemonade

  1. Oh dear your Boxwood did bid you good bye, so sorry but it leave you with a blank slate to now create a new pallet. I do believe you must have envisioned quite a few pallets by now. Will be on the lookout for your new creation.

  2. That would be so sad to lose such a nice hedge, after tending to it so dutifully. I sort of avoid going by my former home because the landscape that I put so much work into (while keeping it very low maintenance in anticipation of relocating) is in such bad condition. I thought I left it in a way that any idiot could figure out, but it is destroyed by the maintenance ‘gardeners’ nonetheless.

  3. I’m so sorry you lost all those lovely boxwood. Perhaps you could replant with another variety or with a yaupon, which is hardier in the South but might not be in Indiana. Every garden needs at least one spot in which all the color is contained by a geometrical line of green. Yours was lovely.

  4. Beautiful blooms, Teresa. I’m sorry about the boxwood. We had similar problems here — it was the first time I lost entire boxwood plants: 2 large ones and several smaller from our hedge. I understand your pain.

  5. So sorry for you loss your garden is beautiful. Thanks for sharing one of your favorite verses. one of mine in is Isiah 49 :16. For I have written your Name in the palm of My hand.

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