Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rebirth, Renewal and Rejuvenation

These early spring days have been so welcome after the winter we've had.  Last Sunday the "family" went out for a drive in my (new to me) Geo Tracker.  I always wanted one!  We explored the back roads of the county while enjoying 85 degree weather...no I didn't stutter.  Very warm for March.  I have been smacked back into reality today though it is rainy/stormy/50s outside my window.
I know this rain we're having will continue to make things leap up even more.  I continue to be amazed at how fast things are coming on up and out! I changed the tablescape on our main entry porch a few weeks ago but just now have had time to post the pic. 

Bleeding hearts.  I love these flowers and if you didn't know it, they are easy to propagate from cuttings.  I broke a few accidentally last year so I stuck them in a plastic shoebox with moist potting soil and they rooted in a couple of weeks.  That "plant" was planted in the fall and is now thriving in my woodland garden and has a few blooms on it's tiny branches now.

The spring house facade.  The climbing euonymous had reached the roof peak so I decided to train it over the doorway for the "cottage-y" look I love.  It is so pretty with the chartreuse new growth in spring.   

Long shot of the garden featuring pink charm daffodils and goldmound spirea for contrast.  Gee, I need to turn my birdbath top right-side-up don't I?

The pond is finally cleared of leaves and debris.  Soon the cannas will fill the blank spots.  We also found 2 "residents" besides my 2 goldfish.  Glen was cleaning out some leaves by hand and dragged out 2 very large frogs!  I always joked that I had a frog named Charlie down there because I would hear a splash everytime I walked down the hill.  I guess Charlie has a bride.  What should I name her?

View from the opposite end of the garden.  I was shocked to find that some of my old fashioned white iris had tall bud stalks and fat buds.  Wow, I'm ready to see them again.  So has spring "sprung" where you live yet?


  1. Everything looks great at your house!! I am tickled to know that you could take cuttings of bleeding hearts!! I didn't know that. .and I also LOVE them. .Have you seen the new one called burning hearts?? I will SO be looking for that one. .unbelievable color!! We are seeing signs of spring regularly as well (though we got your same stinky weather today too!!) Enjoy it!

  2. Jennifer - I think my bleeding hearts came from you last year. And they are GORGEOUS!!! I have been looking forward to seeing them bloom all winter long! :D
    I haven't uncovered many things in my garden...with the chill coming back on - the only things that are out have pushed past the pile of leaves that have covered them in a warm blanket all winter long. I want to see at least a week of warm before I start uncovering them and bringing all of my lovelies out of the garage to enjoy the sunshine. I did spy green tips on plumeria last weekend...it should be beautiful this summer!

  3. Love the new blog layout! Super cool design. One of the first things I missed when we left TN was the sight of irises in the spring. White iris is my favorite. We now have them in our garden here in AL. I think to have them is a definite rite of spring.

  4. I need more bleeding hearts, I really enjoy them. Cute car!

  5. I like to look at your garden online, but it's even prettier in person....especially when I can say can I have some of that and you grab your digging fork.

  6. Aw Barb...that's what sisters are for!