Sunday, March 29, 2015

Planting between the Snowflakes

 Yesterday was a crazy weather day. 
Cold...sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy
and times of snow flurries so heavy that it looked like
a blizzard was starting.

 
  Took a quick trip in the morning to the local high school
where a craft show was being held. 
The plant ladies were set up and
I picked up several market packs of violas.


 When I got home I started to pot these
spring time lovelies,
and it was snowing like crazy.

 But digging a bit in the dirt gave me some hope that
we may actually have a spring here in Maryland.

Woke up to temps in the teens this morning.


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Friday, March 27, 2015

They Love Me...

Kindergarten homework...

 
Use the word "me" in a sentence and draw a picture.
Our darling grandson drew a picture of
his Gramps and Mom Mom,
and himself.
The sentence is short and sweet.
They love me.

And yes we do!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

You've Always Had the Power My Dear...






A wonderful quote by Glinda, The Good Witch, from the Wizard of Oz. Inspires every child or adult to find the power inside ones self, to face the difficult moments and life challenges.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Three

  Our Darling Riah J turned 3 on Saturday. 
She really got the birthday thing this year. 

 
She insisted on wearing flip flops and her new sundress from Ron Jon's
eventhough there is still a bit of snow on the ground. 
She is definitely my grandbaby, as I wish I could wear flip flops
or go barefoot all year long. 

 Dre dog helped with the opening of the gifts.


  Chocolate raspberry cake...Pretty to look at

 and also delicious.
Onward to Four!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring has Sprung...

and Lucy is a bit confused.


 I quoted her the little poem ...
Spring has sprung.
the grass has rize.
I wonder where the birdies is?




 We can't see the grass on this
first day of Spring in Maryland


 

  But we do have the Birdies...




Happy Spring Everyone







Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring keeps Springing...



...but the weather report is calling for snow on Friday. 
Please say it isn't so!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wearing of the Green...

Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Saving the MopHeads...


 For at least the past 15 years I have had these wonderful mophead hydrangeas giving color to my backyard.  The first several bushes were ordered through the mail.  I can't remember where they actually came from.  I so loved the idea that you plant them once and every year the plants bloomed in shades of blue, pink, lavender and white that I added more.   I love that I had a never ending supply of cut flowers through the summer and fall.  I love that bunches of my hydrangeas have been used for family and friends weddings, bridal showers and parties.
In recent years, I have added a few of the Endless Summer variety.  Those bushes produce flowers on new growth.  But the older varieties, like those in my backyard, 
set their blooms on the previous year's growth. 

 


But the winter of 2014 did a number on my lovely hydrangeas  The extreme cold and wind in  January, February and into March zapped the life out of the branches leaving bare bushes that had to start over by pushing new shoots up from around the base of the plants.
So one at a time, I cut back each and every branch close to
the ground.
I did not have even one bloom on any of the bushes.

I missed those flowers last summer.  I know that there are such horrible things going on in this world, and in the large scheme of things, this really wasn't earth shattering.  But I was terribly sad that my garden wasn't filled with color to enjoy as I sat on the porch every morning with my coffee before heading up to the Workshop.   My darling husband actually went out and purchased 2 large flowering hydrangeas to cheer me up.

Lou and I discussed maybe building  some sort of frame and cover for the bushes this winter.  But it wasn't until January when those below average temperatures were being predicted that we had to act quickly on that plan.  We have lots of iron pieces throughout the yard and we used them as a frame so the garden could be covered with plastic.



We held the plastic down around the edges with bricks.  On warmer days we peeled the plastic back and then recovered the bushes again at night.  I made sure the soil was moist enough that we didn't kill the plants as we tried to protect them.

So hoping that this plan worked and my lovelies will be lovely again this summer. 
We should know soon.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fire in the Sky...


 Tonight's sunset was just
too beautiful not to share.




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

When the Snow Melted...




on Monday,  look what appeared...



lots of lovely little  snow crocus.



Bright green wood hyacinth tips.


And this sweet robin redbreast.


Spring may actually be on its way...



Monday, March 9, 2015

Good Morning Cupcake...


 A  little birthday celebration for this ole Mom Mom on Saturday.  
A delicious crabcake dinner, prepared by the daughters,
was followed by cupcakes.
Have you noticed the older you get, the more names you have when
the family sings Happy Birthday to You?
Happy Birthday Dear Pat, Mom, Mom Mom.

 
 While the adults enjoyed the dinner,
the grandbabies were more

 
   interested in the birthday cupcakes

 and the icing.


I am blessed.



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Who says?


Walt Disney was a Wise Man.

A gift from my husband for my morning coffee.
Think he was trying to tell me something?



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Seeing Red...


 Through this last cold week of February there have been some bright spots.
Cardinals have been constant visitors to the feeders.





  This large, lovely pair of Pileated Woodpeckers were here for an afternoon.
I could hear them before I saw them.




 And some fluffy reds have been hanging around, just waiting to be feed.



This has been the winter that never seems to end...
A bit of red is a welcome sight in the yard.
Looking forward to those crimson tulips popping open this spring.