Bloom Thyme Friday: “Mulch” Happiness

So many things are making me happy this week.

First,Β up is mulch!

The mulch came this week. A mountain of mulch! It’s almost like Christmas! #happydance Β πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

We use fine hardwood mulch … itΒ retains moisture, helps to keep down weeds and gives the garden that fresh, finished look!Β Icing on the cake!

I have to tell you my favorite “mulch” story. When my daughter was in college, one day she and her girlfriends walked past an area that had been freshly mulchedΒ andΒ they began to cry …Β WHAT IS THAT SMELL!!!! My daughter smiled and said, Oh I love that smell, itΒ reminds me of my momma. From theΒ shrieks and the looks on their faces, weΒ don’t think they came from gardening families!Β πŸ˜³πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚

Other Things Making Me Happy

Bloomers…

Rosa Mundi is making her 2017 debut.
Powdery mildew is coming with her but we won’t talk about that right now. Seems to be a mild case. #rainyspring

Francis E. Lester is huge. More pics of him to come and his neighbor Peggy Martin who is showing a tiny bit ofΒ color today! Did you read the article in Southern Living about the Peggy Martin Rose? You can read it online here. Great article!

Celsiana is making the herb garden sing.

Baby Doves
Morning doves made a nest on one of the beams of our pergola over the swings. We love them.

Sweet William (Dianthus) is so sweet!


Iris and Peonies…

A new coffee from my friends, Ed and Sue, in Louisiana — Mello Joy.

Seriously you might want to order this online. It is amazing! You can read all about it here. It lives up to its hype!

And last but certainly not least, the grand boys.Β 

They bring more than happinessΒ … they bring pure joy!

From my garden to yours…
Happy Bloom Thyme Friday!