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It’s Easter time and most of us picture bright sunny spring days filled with  birds chirping and flowers blooming.  Not this year in the North East. We have had gloomy skies for the past several days filled with March winds and flakes of snow whipping by.

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But all is not lost because we can get through these last days of winter weather in the spring by taking in the little things around us, like daffodils in the grocery stores to bring home and pretend I have just picked from my garden, and a few brave bulbs beginning to emerge from the cold ground. 

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A Christmas cactus that thinks it’s an Easter cactus and old Easter cards that I found in a box. 

 

 

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These are what hold me over until the real thing comes along.

 

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That and the knowledge that in a few days we will be heading to Florida to sit ocean side in muuuch warmer weather than we have here. 

 So I’ll keep on smiling because we have made it this far and the worst is behind us now

 

…it just has to be.

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  Happy Easter, I hope it’s spring like where you live!

 

 

 

 

 

 Starting seeds can be a sanity saver for many of us waiting  through a long winter for spring to arrive. 

 Last year my husband and I built a seed starting rack with lights so I could survive the winter gardening blues.  It was an easy and  fun project.

We purchased a metal shelf unit from Sams club. Then we  bought shop lights from Home Depot that could be plugged into a powerstrip so that no electrical wiring was necessary.

 Easy peasy.

 The only problem I found was that I wish we had made two shelves.

        ~”So many seeds, so little space.”~unknown 

We have had nothing but rain lately but today we had a break in the clouds long enough to get out there and enjoy the blooms before it’s too late. 

 Cold weather will be here too soon.

Everything seemed fresh and new despite the fact that it’s now October. 

The bees were working hard and a hummingbird even whizzed by while I was holding a bouquet I had just cut.

  I think he thought about zooming in on the flowers I was holding but then after hovering for a second or two, changed his mind and flew off to land in a nearby tree.

 Gave me a thrill that’s for sure ~even if it was just  a fleeting sight and a whizzing sound before he was gone.  I am going to miss my garden this winter.  Moments like that are what fuel the fire for next spring and all the maybe’s for the garden that will be,

at least in my mind.

 ~”Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  ~Albert
Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had a lot of rain here which has caused catastrophic flooding in our area. (click on this link to see photos)

Everywhere we look and everything we hear is grim for the people of our community because so many business and homes have been destroyed.

 At least there are some pretty flowers in my garden that have soaked up the rain and are blooming away almost as if they know we need a little cheering up.

 

~Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg.  ~Yugoslav ProverbMM3

 these Unique, Unwanted bottles that were unearthed when we dug up the ground for the Company Garden.

 Since we had nowhere to plant our zinnias and marigolds we planted from seed, I decided they would make a great border for the seedlings. 

  Should be interesting to see if the bunnies “like”  the flowers or if we will get to enjoy them with our Utterly beautiful bottle border.

 

Speaking of Utterly, Garden Shoes Online now offers Authentic Haven Brand Compost Tea~ the natural, organic way to fertilize your garden.

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And plenty of it! It’s been a long time coming,but we are finally getting our blooms of spring.  Too bad it keeps raining though. It makes it hard to get out and enjoy it all.  I ran out between the showers today and snapped a few photos of the lush green and beautiful colors. 

 Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.  ~Ellis PetersMM3

 

 

 

 

The original Ultimate Hose Nozzle available at Garden Shoes Online 

 

 

 

  

  

  

 

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~”Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?”  ~Maurice Maeterlinck                                        

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Women’s Charlot  from Garden Shoes Onlineclick on image for more info

   

Wishing I had some garden progress to share today but I don’t.  It’s Winter in the North East and I am waiting for spring like everyone else. web-sunday-0021

 To most, Spring arrives with the crocus, snowdrops, tulips and daffodils. I too get very excited when they show their pretty faces but I don’t get to enjoy them nearly enough because it is usually too cold in this northeast climate to sit and look at them. It’s usually not even nice enough to work in the garden so that you can be around them for a bit.  So for me, I really count gardening weather to be here when my favorite perennials begin to grow. web-kjkh-032

  When I stroll around the gardens and start to see them coming along, the old stand bys that give me the feeling that spring is here and summer isn’t too far behind. 

web-sunday-007To me those plants are the anchors of my garden.  They are old fashioned and loved by many.  In fact most gardens contain at least one or more of them. These are peonies, lilacs,  iris, bleeding heart, roses, hydrangeas, hostas, climatis and violets. 

 For some that may even be their entire garden~ planted years ago and faithfully returning year after year.  web-kjkh-040

I get a spring in my step when they start emerging from the dirt eventhough I am always nervous that they have ventured out too soon.web-kjkh-0541

 Somehow they survive and reward us with their beautiful flowers and luscious green leaves.web-kjkh-045

 Those are the days I am dreaming of.w

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.  ~Ruth Stout

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Zinnias!

ABC WednesdayCan we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?  ~Maurice Maeterlinck

                               

YELLOW

 

    

   “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”~ Vincent Van Gogh