Monday, April 14, 2014

Garden journal notes...


It's such a gorgeous Spring day here today...  and even more beautiful because my precious Princess Tess is almost fully recovered from her recent surgery!...  yay!... Tessy LOVES Nature and the outdoors and always helps me in the gardens...  so today we potted some really pretty Martha Washington geraniums in two of our large terra cotta pots that go on our front steps, one on the side of each of the cedar columns...  I love Martha Washington geraniums for how beautiful they are and how carefree they are to grow...  mine are on the east side, as our home faces the mountains, and they get all of the fabulous morning sunshine... I keep mine evenly moist always, and just give them some Miracle Gro liquid plant food every two weeks...  plus, I always always deadhead the spent blooms, encouraging abundant blossoms from now until frost... (which I refuse to even think about today!)...


Pots of Pansies and Heartsease (Johnny~jump~ups) line the steps as well, and soon I will buy and pot more annuals... I plan on buying two Ivy Geraniums for the hanging hooks on my cedar columns...  I love how they cascade down, and also attract the Hummingbirds and Hummingbird Moths...  so fun to watch!... in my front cottage garden, my Lieutenant's Heart (also called Bleeding Heart) is beginning to take center stage... can't wait until the entire bush is in full bloom... it is truly breathtaking then!... soon, my white Lieutenant's Hearts will also be lush and gorgeous...


Don't forget to take time to "smell the flowers"...


Tessy wants to thank you all for her get~well wishes... and sends a special doggie kiss to "her guy" Archer in Canada!... how we would love to go on Nature walks with Deb and Archer!...  wishing you all  blissful Spring days... and a very Happy Easter...

  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April nature notes...


Moved many of my collection of Nature books onto shelves in living room... so much easier to access them now for reference, and also I love how they look in here now...



Sat and read many of them as the early morning sunlight filtered in on my favorite spot to read...


Flowering pear tree just outside this window is at her most beautiful right now... so happy the frost did not take her blossoms as it did last Spring... saw first Swallowtail butterfly of the Season flit past me out here yesterday... pure bliss...


Lots to do in April...


Need to visit garden center and stock up on bird seed...  went through so much of it over this long harsh winter...  also will hang one of my hummingbird feeders with nectar today as my beloved Hummers begin to arrive this month... will also buy plants for pots for porch...  may need to move them inside at nights if threat of frost...  won't worry about frost today...  warm and sunny...  going to be in the 70's... need to buy new windchimes for out back where one broke... take Tessy on long walk today... gather feathers and other treasures from the trail... so happy it's finally Spring...