I am fully out in the garden today — this will be our first weekend in a while without snow… yes, Mother Nature has thrown us some curve balls.
March 25: At the end of the day we had 10″ of snow.
April 1: California has the weather and my little loves…
(It was snowing in Indiana.)
My daughter’s beautiful garden…
And, her ‘Easy Does It” rose.
April 9: NATURE’S WELCOME HOME FROM CALI
(Thankful Mr. G’s welcome was warmer!)
BACK TO TODAY…
Yes, I am out in the garden and while the heart of a gardener is optimism, I am a “bit” discouraged at some things I’m seeing. At the top of the “oh no” list is that my beautiful New Dawn rose on the arbor looks like it has some major winter kill — I mean major. If you don’t remember the one I am talking about, it’s this one…
Is it wrong to ask for prayer for a rose?😉 (Asking for a friend.)
While I would appreciate a miracle for my rose, there are so many more important things in my life and yours. Life and nature do throw us curve balls from time to time, but the Original Gardener (Genesis 2:8) has it all under control. He is very good at what He does. My life has taught me that when He closes a door, He opens a window.
AND, WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS… MAKE LEMONADE!
Here are the best lemons ever. My beautiful daughter grows these outside her kitchen door! If you want to read more about LEMONS, ROSES & SWEETNESS, click here for an article I wrote about our family’s lemon life.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned, there are so many more spring things to come. Things like new roses … I have to tell you about all the new roses I am testing in the garden this year! Oh I can’t wait!
Today it is sunny and cold. I love the sun, BUT it allowed that Groundhog to see his shadow and I was not fond of that. His prediction is that there is 6 more weeks of winter. I am pleading with spring to defy the groundhog and come up with a better plan.
With all that said, Groundhog Day is kinda fun. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
This weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas where the badger (German: dachs) is the forecasting animal. This appears to be an enhanced version of the lore that clear weather on Candlemas forebodes a prolonged winter.
The Groundhog Day ceremony held at Punxsutawney in central Pennsylvania, centering around a semi-mythical groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, has become the most attended.
Yea, it’s fun to hear all about it and see them get dressed up and all … I just hope winter doesn’t go on and on and on until we begin to feel like Bill Murray. #groundhogdaythemovie 😳😳😳
GOOD NEWS: I heard today on Instagram from my friends @maplehurstgardens, located in NJ, that The Groundhog predictions are mostly wrong. #thatswhatimtalkingabout
LET’S SPRING AHEAD
While we are thinking about spring, I am wondering what are your favorite spring blooms. Here are two of mine:
Dogwood Trees (we have 5)
At just the right time spring will come and we will have the pleasure of watching our garden being reborn. And….
This week as I was putting the finishing touches on some upcoming presentations for local garden clubs, I found myself going back and forth through all my pictures to find just the right ones to use. Currently I have over 13,000 on my iPhone! 😳 Going through pictures is not an easy task but very rewarding!
I saw so many garden pictures that I fell in love with all over again and thought you might like to take a look back with me. Maybe remembering warmer days will make these bitter cold days we are having a little warmer too!
Way to go wind, rugosas and birds — creating a special moment in the garden!
Yes, I loved looking back, but am totally excited that spring will be here in 59 days. I just bet you are excited about that too! If you had to choose one favorite garden memory of 2017, what would it be? I’d love to hear!
I know what my first thought is … Etta James belting out one of the most amazing songs in music history!
Before we go any further, want to enjoy it?
Oh Etta Etta Etta.
These days there is another AT LAST making some noise. A beautiful rose from Proven Winners!
I had heard about this rose last year but didn’t find one. This year I was given two to test from my good friends at a local IGC, Country Harmony! Thanks Ryan and Brad!
I love this rose so much. I even went back to buy what they had left. They only had one more. But, I snagged it.
This charming rose with the old fashioned full petaled blooms is rarely without blooms. And, the color! Such a pretty apricot. And, there’s more … fragrance and disease resistance! With all the rain, some of my roses are succumbing to fungal disease. At Last has only given up a few leaves.
A small to medium sized shrub that is hardy in Zones 5 – 9.
Take a look at ‘At Last’ growing in my garden…
If you are looking to buy one for fall planting, check online at White Flower Farm… here.
By the way … the Japanese Beetles don’t seem to like the Stargazers, but I sure do. And they are blooming beautifully!
“At Last” we have come to the end of another week … and I wish you a Happy Bloom Thyme Friday.