Friday, April 11, 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow?

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

I took pictures of all my gardens you can see how insane I am, and how far behind all of y'all down south.

I have a dozen (or so) gardens I keep all over our property. It's frustrating, at times, trying to keep up with them. But this year, I'm going to wait until June 1st, when everything I've planted should have its head above ground, and then pile on about 8 inches of mulch. Hopefully, that will keep the weeds under control!

In the front of my house, I have a few.

This is one of my prettiest gardens (or will be about mid-June):

Right now, I'm just a little mad, though -- a chipmunk decided to eat ALL of the bulbs I had planted in there: my crocus, iris, mini-iris and grape hyacinth. Those are all early blooming, so I should have had a little color by now. Instead, I have this:

The good news is that they missed the corner garden between me and my neighbor... so I did find this:

HA... take THAT you pesky chipmunk.

The rest of that garden looks like this:

And then there's a big stretch of stuff that borders the neighbors yard:

And... dear heavens... I'm most likely boring you to tears, so I'll stop for now. I have about eight more gardens. Instead, I'll leave you with this -- DD rolling down the hill:


Melissa asked how my writing was going. Um, not well. Neither story wants to cooperate with me right now, though I am still working on "Kitchen Matches" and discovered that my hero's full name is Michelangelo (I KNOW that's the artist's last name, but it's my hero's to his mother, sheesh. She's the one who called him by his whole name in my last scene. I had nothing to do with it.)

I did finish the article I was working on, let Judy pull out the red pencil, and am going to submit it. To the Samhellion, I think. I don't know if WOW would like it, though that was my first thought.


But, I AM writing. Just not as much as I would like.


You Are a Hazelnut

You are very unique and distinct. You may even freak some people out.

Most people don't really know how to interact with you.

You get along best with anyone who is super sweet.

But you really do get along with almost anyone. You just need a chance to wow them.

Ugh... I DO NOT get along with "super sweet" people... sorry. I like 'em okay, but tend to have a slightly warped and a bit sarcastic temperament that "super sweet" people don't get.


Judy Thomas said...

I'm a cashew. (Funny, because it's one of my least favorite nuts... unless it's covered in chocolate..mmmmmmm)

You are laid back, friendly, and easy going.
Compared to most people, you have a very mild temperament.
You blend in well. You're often the last person to get noticed.
But whenever you're gone, people seem to notice right away!

Anonymous said...

Why not send the article to WoW? The worst they can say is no. Then you have a backup market, right?


Sarita Leone said...

I love the photos. I thought about taking pix of the flowers yesterday but I was too lazy to come back inside for the camera. Did I say lazy? Sorry. I meant busy. Busy, that's it. I raked out one of the side beds before dinner. Crocuses are so sweet there!

Congrats on the article! I look forward to reading it. :)

Diane Craver said...

Me too, Sarita. I meant to take pictures of our daffodils yesterday but forgot. And now it's ugly out and raining again.

Marianne, I like your pictures. And mulch sounds good to keep the weeds under control. I submitted something to WOW in Jan. and never heard anything. I'll look for your article in The Samhellion - I love their newsletter.

Lianne said...

So I guess we'd never be friends in "real" life. I'm super sweet.

NOT! "Nice" people don't always "get" me either. Well, other than Judy. :)

You've got some flowers! Woo-hoo! :) We've got mush. The ground is so wet that nothing much is growing. The dog won't go out to do his business. Chose to do it in my bedroom, the stinker. And they are predicting snow for tomorrow. *sigh* We really don't need anymore snow. We had so much that now that it's melting/ed, the rivers are overflowing. But we do have green grass in most places. :)

Have a great weekend, and one more wish for spring going your way.

Amy Addison said...

Oooh, gardens.

I think I'm just nuts in general.

Melissa said...

I'm a hazelnut!

I'd be scared to death if I had that many gardens to tend. I can barely handle my little flower bed that I plant with annuals :)

Tori Lennox said...

I love it when characters start exerting their own will on the story. Even though it can also be annoying. :)

You Are a Pistachio

You are funky, freaky, and a total character.
You're very different than anyone you know.
There's no way you're changing the way you are...
Which is good, because no one wants you to change.

I'm afraid that may be quite accurate. *g*

Brandy said...

That's alot of gardens! I can't even manage ONE! Good luck and sorry to hear that pesky Chipmunk ate your bubls, was his name Alvin by any chance? *G* (Sorry, bought the movie for the kids and I've heard it about 5 times now. *G*)

Good job on completing the article.

Have a nice Friday!

groovyoldlady said...

I just got a laugh when I read on one woman's blog that she was busy editing The Return of Our Lord.

I wonder if, like most authors, God objects to the changes she's making in HIS book!

Anonymous said...

I think I am a hard nut to crack so I must be a black walnut. I enjoyed reading about the gardens-here in the Arizona desert I have a front yard that has plants one doesn't have to water. Some of them are actually pretty and unique.

Dru said...

Sorry that you're not doing as much writing as you like. Congrats on the article and I would submit it to WOW as well.

I applaud you on your 12+ gardens. I can't wait to see them blooming.

You Are a Cashew

You are laid back, friendly, and easy going.

Compared to most people, you have a very mild temperament.

You blend in well. You're often the last person to get noticed.
But whenever you're gone, people seem to notice right away!

Yep, that's me.

Chris M. said...

I'm with Joy, in the middle of the Las Vegas desert under water restrictions... yeah, not many flowers unless they are drought friendly. I don't garden for a few reasons, but the main one is that I'm deathly allergic to bees! And because of that... I seem to attract the darned things. So I avoid flowers unless they're in a vase.

We do have sagebrush in our front yard which do bloom with a gorgeous purple flower that smells divine, and I never have to water them, they're perfectly happy with whatever rain we get here. Since it's so warm here, they'll probably bloom eventually, but usually after a nice rain.

I love the pic of your DD rolling down the hill!

Dena said...

I'm a Hazelnut!

You said you like to garden but man do you like to garden! That sucks the chipmunks got to your bulbs, pesky little things but sure cute. I hear squirrels are really bad too? Cute pic of DD.