Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

An Early Spring

An Early Magnolia Bloom

My glorious magnolia is in full bloom, two weeks ahead of schedule.  I’ve been worried that it would get nipped by frosty nights, but so far, it has stayed clothed in fragrant pink blossoms.  The old girl can still put on a show.

And so can the old cherry tree in the backyard.  In fact, a number of things are blooming, including the bleeding heart.

All winter I dreamed about the garden.  I settled in at my little desk in the kitchen and watched the snow drift past the fountain.  I dutifully spread cracked corn for the birds and rabbits.  And took stale bread out for the squirrels.  But two weeks ago, I became a gardener again.  I dug up three caryopteris bushes and moved them farther back.  I cleared away the dead peony foliage and placed the wire cages over the the red/green spears of new growth.

And over the weekend I started gathering up the rocks that I had placed like necklaces in the secret garden.  I wanted to get them out of the way so that this year’s layer of shredded bark could go down.  I started placing them along the brick edges of the crushed limestone paths, and realized that I liked the look.  So, I placed them all there.  I think I like this look a lot, and now I can go on rock quests.  I’ve become the neighborhood rock pilferer.   I discovered a bunch of them almost hidden by brush at a school a few blocks away.  Surely no one will notice if I rescue them from obscurity.  But I will need more than the dozen I get there.

The quest begins.

I like this look!
The cherry's abloom in the northland…
The bleeding heart in the little sheltered corner is in full bloom.

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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