Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dreaming of flowers








Well, it’s that time of year again. Winter arrived in  mid-November and we won’t see spring in our area until the end of the first week in May. That’s the week when the  trees begin to bud.  We’re three months in with nearly three more months to go.  Something must be done!

In mid-February I always turn my thoughts to sitting outside and relaxing in 

the sun or the shade. I think of good food on the grill, and popsicles and straw hats and flowers.  February with its snow, sleet, puddles and slippery surfaces, is the best time to sit inside and plan a garden. 





















I can start by looking out my window and envisioning last summer's late morning glories. 


























 
For medical reasons we moved two summers ago to a ranch-style house that had been renovated and a back and front yard that had completely deteriorated. Except for some indestructible hostas scattered around the bad grass, there was nothing but badly overgrown trees choking each other.   
We worked very hard clearing the first year and putting in beds and plants the second summer.  We've hardly made a dent. But we can dream.

Now my hubby and I know we have years of work ahead of us. I But today, I’ve been going through pix of gardens past, trying to decide what to plant and imagining what it might look like in five years. I love old-fashioned flowers and never look for the newest and most trendy.  Have I mentioned I really love sales? I treasure end of season garden supply sales. I can't wait for local church plant sales and I really look forward to the blow-out sale from the local horticultural society. 

My perfect garden will have lilacs and peonies, day lilies and creeping phlox, hydrangeas and tough northern roses. It may take us ten years to get there, but in the meantime, we’ll have lots of fun on a dreary February day dreaming our dreams.

 




I can almost smell those lilacs. 












What about you? Do you love to garden? Or to plan gardens? Maybe you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that isn’t completely white in February.  Let’s hear about it!

16 comments:

Mark Baker said...

I have two very brown thumbs, so gardening is out of the question. Not to mention I have no place to garden since I live in a condo in a city.

Weather? You'll hate me if I talk about my weather. Actually, we do need rain here in So Cal, so I wouldn't mind a visit from the winter fairy. Send precipitation, but not the white stuff, please.

Susan L. @ Full Happy Muffin and Mama said...

A week and a day ago, we were out of school for icy roads...interstates and bridges closed. Yesterday, I was wearing short sleeves and my students were begging me to turn on the air conditioning. Ah, the joys of Louisiana weather. For date night a few weeks ago, my husband and I planned out our garden. Our front bed is usually our pop of color (we have azaleas but we also put in annuals). Our backyard is our "working" garden--fruits and veggies.

lavendersbluegreen said...

I love to garden and am searching for a new house that has a good yard...

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love visiting California, Mark, and have a trip planned to Monterey for Left Coast Crime next month. All to say, I've been watching your weather. It has been making our Canadian news. I find that drought ranges from troubling to tragic. Hope you get that much needed rain soon. I am willing to mail you some snow. It's all we have.

Cheers!

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Your two gardens sound great, Susan. I can only imagine that you have a better growing season in Louisiana. BTW, your state is on my bucket list. Someday I'll get there.

What a great idea, planning your garden on 'date night'! Thanks for that idea.

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Keep me posted! A good yard is very nice. Would you rather find a mature garden or start from scratch as we are doing?

Hugs.

MJ

Jeannie D. said...

I love old fashioned flower gardens. I have three large peonies and lots of old roses. I also plant moonflowers in the summer. They only bloom at night and have huge white flowers that smell heavenly. I also have a vegetable garden and herb garden. I have been perusing my seed catalogs for awhile now. I actually have my heirloom tomato seeds sprouting in their little seed starting pots. I am in the mid-south, so hopefully we can start planting our spring plants by the first of March.

Karen in Ohio said...

Love to garden, and since we have a home and a hobby farm, I have lots of places to plunk flowers, shrubs and veggies to my heart's content.

Since we've had snow on the ground for almost every day of the last three months it's hard to tell whether or not the winter aconite or snowdrops are struggling up. Today's higher temps (67!) and thunderstorms should melt the last of the snow so I can get a look. Really yearning for some color other than white!

Lynn T. said...

Daylilies made a gardener out of me. I had no interest in gardening until I bought my first two daylilies.(about 25 years ago) Now I have about 1200 varieties.(all shapes-forms and different colors.) We do have enough property and I could even have larger gardens. However, I do all the work myself so am not going to make the garden larger. It is good exercise and the beauty of the flowers is powerful. Right now they are sleeping under a large blanket of snow.

Maggie Sefton said...

I have to have flowers and shrubs and flowering bushes around me, so springtime is wonderful. Since my yard already came with lovely flowering purple lilacs and other bushes and even mountain honeysuckle, I plant in large pots and hanging baskets of bright annuals so I can sit and relax on the chaise on the back patio and be surrounded. Plus I'm convinced Blue Tick Hound Max would dig up anything I planted. Hounds aren't known for digging but Max would be sure that I'd put something wonderful down in the dirt just for him. :) In my front yard, I don't have to worry about doggies. And I plant much more in gardens and planters and large pots. Plus I have my rose bushes right beside my front doorstep. Spring is out there waiting for us all.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I am jealous, Jeannie! Not only of the heirloom seeds (oooh), but the early planting date. Here in our part of Ontario, the traditional planting date is the third weekend in May. But you wouldn't take a chance with anything delicate that early. Never mind, it's very hot in the summer so we catch up. Happy seed catalog perusing!

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hear you, Karen. We're going to get the big soupy melt here. The snow is nearly three feet high on most of the lawn, so ... shudder.

I hope your spring comes soon. I love the idea of a hobby farm.

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Day lilies are truly wonderful! We had swaths of them in our first garden. We planted dozens here last summer. I am in awe of 1200 varieties. I'd love to see a picture!

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Maggie! I think those gorgeous pix you posted of Mexican flowers and scenery may have sparked this post of mine today.

I also love container and pot gardens. You get a lot of bang for the buck.

Hugs.

MJ

Lynn T. said...

I was playing around a few months ago with blogging. If you click on my name Lynn T., it will take you to my practice blog named Getting Started. Click on Getting Started and there are a few of my photos of daylilies that I am growing.

Aurian said...

Spring has arrived here in Holland MJ. I have a tiny patio, but I do have put in an even tinier garden, and I loved the new stackable flower pots. More different kinds of flowers in a tower, so less space is needed. The first picture you posted, is my favourite kind, there are so many colors for that one, and it just keeps on blooming for months.