Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How Does My Garden Grow

I was gone for a week on a business trip last week.

Before leaving, my lily plants were showing a bloom or two

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When I came back a week later, I was tired and longing to just get back to a routine.

And my little garden welcomed me home in great style -

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The hydrangeas in Grandma's Corner was blooming as quick as they can

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And I snipped some to grace the kitchen table, in time for our weekend breakfast routine.

It is happy days indeed when I can have fresh flowers in the house courtesy of my OWN plants from my OWN garden. Makes all the sweat and dirt-filled fingernails worth it.
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Garden Update!

* Again, lots of boring pictures of green stuff...skip if this is not your cup of tea

The temperature is warming up -- you can tell when one walks around with ice-cream on her face:

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Another way to tell is when you notice the flower buds developing and opening


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Hydrangea in Grandma's Corner: (few weeks before)

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One flower is starting to bloom: (this past weekend)

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Hydrangea in the front yard -- doing spectacularly well -- Look at the difference a month of sunshine can have!


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I am intent on having a vegetable garden area this year -- And I like free just as much as the next guy...So here I am, trying to grow celery from the base that was cut off from store-bought celery --- and it works! It is fascinating seeing it grow from something that is usually discarded...and my Chinese penny-pinching ways is alarmed at how much money was being literally thrown out with the garbage.
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Other randoms:

Treating myself to fresh cut flowers every once in a while

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The way I enjoy my quiet time when my baby girl is away:

Right now, my mind is busy making plans on putting in flower beds in the front of the yard by the sidewalk to shield my poor neighbors from having to endure looking at my weed patch....Grass growing is really not for me

*I may or may not look like this when the plans are running through my mind.