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"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

School Break = ME TIME!

I'm 2 days away from a week out of school--  Spring break I'm ready for you!  I have plans to garden, camp, garden, yardsale, garden, pedicure, garden, massage and finish off with some gardening!  Ha.  I have managed to get some time outdoors in the evenings.  So far I am keeping pretty well with my "do-one-thing-a-day-and-it-will-eventually-get-done campaign for this growing season. Things are happening so fast in the garden.  Makes you want to freeze it in time to slow it down.  The irises, clematis, and roses are starting to pop like popcorn.   Feast your eyes fast is my mantra.

Introducing the first rose in my garden..a foundling.
I had to call on Glen for this job.  It's not impressive now but next year it should be.  20+ stella d'oro daylilies were planted on each side of my hillside stairs to help hold the gravel and make them more finished looking.  Pixie is inspecting my work!

I decided to stop fighting this shady area and plant things I KNOW will like it there.  I bought the heucherella stoplight (center) at the perennial plant sale in my last post.  I have lusted after this in magazines and was oh-so-happy to locate such a nice healthy specimen.  It never knew it was transplanted.

I realize many people probably don't realize where my garden is in relation to our house.  This might give you some idea.  Can you see the red roof of my potting shed and the spring house half buried in the hillside?

Last year it was funny, I had to stand directly over this obelisk to even see my clematis.  They have risen to new heights better for viewing this year.
Dont'cha like the little zap of red that the native columbine gives?  This good color combo was completely accidental.  There is reddish veining in the heuchera if you look closely.  It seems that anything looks good against the chartreuse spirea.

And for a parting shot....


  1. The steps look great! Have fun on your week off.

  2. Your walkway will come to life when those lilies bloom! Love that rose. Kinda looks like "Old Blush"... It is very pretty. Enjoy "me time".

  3. Those steps are great!! They look soooo good. I love how you used the blocks to make them in that shape. Very nice. Your place is beautiful. I hope you enjoy your week off :-)

  4. I can't wait to see next year's picture. .or even in the fall. .it will be gorgeous!! Just think of all the plants you can find homes for in THAT yard!! Don't tell Glen..it will only give him stres :-) Good luck!

  5. Your hillside stairs are crazy wonderful. So gorgeous in your part of the country.


  6. Have you ever been to Willie's Lilies in Lawrenceburg? His name is Willie Markus and he has about 2,000 different daylilies. We've been there twice and have bought some of the most beautiful daylilies for my Dad's yard in Florence.