Friday, February 23, 2018

February garden delights. . . . . . .


Akebia budding on the potting shed. . .



Read more, and see photos, of my pretty tree shared on this day last year - it's
 taller and blooming right now in this warm late February weather.


The very first violets under the watchful eyes of the garden cherubs. . . . . . 



From my North Carolina garden. . . . . . . . . wishing you a good weekend.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Scribble Picnic - Fill In the Blank Rectangle -



I was on a mission to get this done yesterday, Tuesday, ready for today's picnic,
IF the fog clears (see HERE) we can throw down a blanket on the lawn under
 the fig tree and enjoy some sweet picnic snacks and a nice cuppa!

Yes, the tree is so tall now we can actually sit under it - a lot different from the little
 18" potted plant I dug the hole for (well Bob probably did that bit - I just point and
 ask nicely if he'll dig right there please!) some years ago. Just look at those hefty
 branches now - and later in the year the figs will hopefully arrive again and be ripe
 for picking and jam making.

I saw my rectangle when I noticed one of the little birdhouses hanging in the tree 
in the heavy fog blanketing the garden. Photographing the roof at this angle
 I thought would be different. I edited my photo back to a sketch, added a tiny bit
of colored pencil, and outlined the roof.

I will soon be off to Patagonia! Being on a ship much of the time, I may miss 
 several Scribble picnics due to lack of Internet availability, speed and cost! 
 I'll do my best, but don't be surprised if I can't join in or leave comments - sorry!

Pop over to Michael's today here at the SCRIBBLE PICNIC - starting off with
 a blank will definitely bring some fabulous creativity to all the fun posts.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fog rolled in. . . . . . . .



We don't get fog here often. 
This morning it's quite thick, a white blanket veiling the
 garden and trees beyond. 
 Silence is heavy only interrupted by occasional birdsong.
It should lift by afternoon, get warm and possibly rain lightly.
Snow is not in the forecast here for the remainder of February,
I do believe springtime is on the way.


From the garden - a foggy morning via iPhone


Monday, February 19, 2018

It's all about HOME. . . . . . . .


I thought today I would chat a bit about home. 
This is a garden house for the birds, and probably my favorite with the tiny china bird 
on a nest perched on top. Birds have yet to nest in this home, maybe this will be the 
year, who knows.

It's a holiday for some, Presidents' Day, the day on the calendar now honoring
all American Presidents. It used to be a celebration of George Washington's birthday,
 things change! As this is not and never will be a political blog, I rest my case.

Staying home today is just like many other winter days. It's dreary, cool, raining off
 and on, but tomorrow and the rest of this week promises to be warm and sunny again. 
The weekend was fabulous and I did some required garden chores in hot sunshine
 under a cloudless deep blue sky.
Yesterday, early evening, we enjoyed a glass of wine of the front porch with a
 neighbor - sharing travel stories - until the coolness of dusk arrived and I had to
 reach for a sweater.

Yesterday I actually saw a pair of wrens flying around the gazebo with dried leaves
 in their bills - goodness it's much too early to be picking home sites and building nests! 
This winter I hung some of my bird houses in the fig tree out front - along with
 feeders and a few lanterns with battery operated candles which light up at
 dusk - and fortunately they've held up well through the drastic weather changes
 this season brought.

So, off to do some Monday kitchen chores - making leek and potato soup
 (a good day for soup of any kind), and trying a recipe I recently found for
 mushrooms and polenta. I'll share later if it turns out to be as tasty as promised.

Tonight is my Tai Chi class. It continues to be very interesting. . . . . and difficult!
 Practicing alone between classes is hard but I'm enjoying the class and will continue.
 I'll miss three March classes whilst in Patagonia so will have a lot to catch up with
 on my return!

Yes, going away again soon. Always fun, but thoughts of home will
accompany me on this exciting expedition adventure. . . . . . .as always.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fair vernal flowers. . . . . . . .


Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~ Thomas Blackburn ~


~ Leucojum aestivum : called Summer snowflake but blooms in Spring ~

A morning of sunshine and an early walk through the garden 
brought new surprises.
The first flowers to open. . . . . . . . . always bring a smile.
I send these tiny beauties to those of you in colder climes who have
 yet to see your own push through the earth.
Along with the daffodils already in bloom, and with very warm days 
this coming week, we are well on our way to welcoming Spring.


My favorite deep cobalt blue hyacinth.
Have a pleasant Sunday.
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