Monday, April 21, 2014

Quiet in the country...



"Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where I renew my springs that never dry up" ~Pearl S. Buck


My porch...  my quiet place...  my sanctuary... with my cup of coffee in hand, I watch the sun rise above our beautiful mountains to the east of us...  casting a pinkish glow over the early morning sky... here, I linger...  peaceful thoughts filling my mind...  time for contemplation...  meditation... only the tranquil sounds of Nature call out to me as all of God's precious little creatures I so love awaken early like me as well...


A soft breeze catches my Prairie windcatcher my dear friend Laurie made for me... the tiny bells tinkling together with the beautiful beads that jangle from it...  it is filled with the many blessings Laurie bestowed upon it with each and every stitch... carrying only good thoughts... of quiet times...  serenity... peace and love...   soon my Gertrude Jekyll and Princess Anne roses will clambor up the trellis and cascade over the porch rail...  intoxicating me with their Heavenly parfum...  once again, a little Chickadee has been carefully inspecting my birdhouse next to the porch...  flying in and out...  yet to carry any nesting materials... still deciding whether to call it "home" or not... 


St. Frances watches over my gardens... and all who enter... Bleeding Hearts are lush and full... Foxgloves, Delphiniums, Clematis, Columbine... Bee Balm... Purple Coneflowers...  Prairie Fire... Cranesbill Geranium... Dames Rocket, Larkspur... and  many more beautiful flowers ready to bloom soon... filling my cottage garden with their beauty...  my stunning red roses from my secret spot had over 100 blooms last year...  the climbing beauty has more than doubled in size this year... cannot wait to see how many blooms she bestows upon me... soon my cottage garden will become a kaleidoscope of colors... many of which attract our beloved Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees...


Porch steps are filled with baskets of flowers...  Pansies and Heartsease... 


Geraniums and Nemesia...


A simple little corner... 


Ivy Geraniums and Trailing Lobelia hang on both porch cedar columns...Hummingbirds (and Hummingbird Moths) are attracted to the color red, as well as Ivy Geraniums and will happily sip nectar here soon...  I can hardly wait for their arrival...  seems sooo long ago that we bid them farewell for the winter...


My quiet place...  


Come nightfall...  I shall sip another cup of coffee out here in my favorite chair...  and watch in peaceful solitude as the moon rises above my beautiful mountains and moonglow fills the evening sky...  sunrises...  sunsets... gentle breezes... Heavenly parfum from my garden blooms... the soothing evening chorus of crickets...  quiet in the country...  pure bliss...  so nice to be outdoors again...  away from the computer a bit more nowadays...  savoring Spring!...   




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...