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Starting to Bloom

Today was the first day I saw little buds on one my garden trees! I was so excited that I just had to snap a couple of shots. It’s not much, but it was enough to really get me all smiley about the fact that spring is coming!

I love spring. Out of the four seasons, it is my absolute favorite one. The days become longer, the temperature is perfect (most of the time), windows are open, and all the world comes alive with blooming flowers and the leaves back on the naked trees!

The air seems fresher and people just generally seem to be in a better mood.

When we first saw our house, it was on 4 April 2011 and the garden trees were already in full bloom. I hope this year it will be the same. If so, the month of March will be a rapid change to my garden that I adore so much. I simply can’t wait.

Spring is also the time to get out and explore. I plan on doing just that since I am so found of hiking and sight-seeing.

I have such a happy heart today all because I saw my little buds. Oh spring, how I love thee 🙂


Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Today was the day to get outdoors and clean up our garden. Now, I’ve said before that I am not a gardener and by that I mean, nothing…nada…

I love and appreciate gardens and I also love and appreciate those who take care of them. I’m one of those people who would love to have a yard and garden, but then pay for someone to come over and take care of it. I’m not ashamed to say it either!

Now that I have a little French garden I’ve got to figure out how to take care of it. Luckily it already has full grown trees and bamboo. There’s plenty of water here so if that’s all they need then I should be good to go. The original owners had the insightfulness to put gravel everywhere so we don’t need to worry about grass.

When we first visited the house, the garden was the first thing we saw when we walked into the gate. I was in love. At that time, spring was in full swing and the trees were all covered in leaves, but the garden had not been taken care of in so long that the ground was covered by the fallen leaves and debris of all the past autumns. Still, you could tell that it would be a wonderful garden with some love and care (that I didn’t know how to give).























Well, now it was time to learn. Like I said just trees so it shouldn’t be too big of a deal. Besides, today was only clean-up day.

Dude and I started with the weed pulling and picking up all the debris and fallen leaves in the yard. Then while I continued on with that, Dude decided that our four fir trees (I think that’s what they are) needed a haircut. I think he went a little crazy cuz now they’re naked with little fros. Oh well, maybe they’ll sprout limbs again in the spring. I hope so!

We also had this really ugly fountain by the front door of the apartment that was made out of rock and cement. This thing was awful and we couldn’t even figure it out. I told Dude that we needed to get rid of it since I was going to put a real fountain in the garden next spring. So he took a mallet to it and boy was that an afternoon’s worth of work for him. Now what we had was a giant hole in the ground. So we ran over to Point P to get some bags of sand to fill it up! Then we used some dirt from the yard to cover and compact the sand and put some gravel over it. Voila, gone. Now it looks like nothing was ever there.

I tell you, Dude really knows what he’s doing sometimes.

With all the trimming, pulling weeds, picking up debris and knocking down stupid fountains we sure had a ton of stuff for the trash man. We actually had to sneak some of the bags over to our neighbor’s houses cuz if we piled all of it up at ours that would have been embarrassing.

We even had a few visitors that afternoon.

Now we have a nice trimmed garden and we even found something to do with this really strange cement thing we have in our yard. Dude said it might have been a dog house or a table of some sort, but now it’s missing its top.

I guess in the future, if we ever got a dog that would be a good place for it. A nice stone, garden table would be great, too. I think, however, it would make a great fire pit. So guess what? That is exactly what we used it for that night! We took some of the wood that we had left over from some of our demolition and we made a bonfire. It was awesome. I am not sure that this is legal to do, but it was fun. We were only missing the marsh mellows.

Well, I’ll make sure we have some of those for the next time cuz we still got some wood left over 🙂

By the way, the little, yellow visitor that came to see us~if anyone knows what he/she is, please let me know. It was so cute and wobbly when it walked, but Dude and I just couldn’t figure out what he was!

If you want to see more photos of my garden they appear on Flickr. To get there just click on the “More Photos” option under Photos on Flickr.

Flowers and Sunset

Yesterday morning when I arrived at the house I took a look around the garden to take an assessment of what we will be doing with that area. The house has been empty for a long time and consequently the garden as well as the house, have not been taken care of. Fortunately, it rains a pretty fair amount where the house is located so the trees are thriving. It is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to get it all cleaned up and put a fountain and table and chairs out there and enjoy a nice lunch or dinner.

There are only trees and weeds in the garden. Looking around I saw no flowers. Then over by the water spout I spotted a tiny bush with some little pink flowers on it. That was it. No other flowers existed in the sea of green that is the garden. I took a photo of them since they happen to be the only ones I own!

I am not a gardener. I love gardens, but I am one of those people who would gladly pay to have someone else take care of it. I will just enjoy the beauty of them every day, thank you very much. It isn’t the work of the garden that bothers me, it’s the fact that I can’t make anything grow. I just don’t have a green thumb. I know absolutely nothing about plants and flowers. They wither at the sight of me. My Christmas tree dies before Christmas, for goodness sake!

So, since this little area of flowers has managed to take care of itself for so long, I think we are gonna be best friends 🙂  I was singing “ Mary, Mary, quite contrary” for most of the day.

Towards evening time we got a lovely view of the sunset out of the kitchen window. It was the first one I had seen while in the house. Things were shaping up nicely. After all that we had been through with this house I was happy to have healthy flowers and a nice sunset!

As Dude and I started to leave for the night, I went down to the car to put our things away. In doing so I passed by my little flowers and guess what?? They were all shriveled up and dead! I couldn’t believe it! They had been here all this time minding their own business and then I came along and took a photo and they died! I swear I never touched them!

I called to Dude and told him about the flowers. I was really upset.

He came and took one look at them and said, “You’re a dork. They go to sleep and night and in the morning they will open up again, you’ll see.”  Said it just like that, he did. Then he went back into the house.

I said, “Are you sure? They look dead”, in my sad voice (cuz I REALLY was worried)

He yelled back, “Yes, I’m sure. Just wait and see.”

I followed after him and cried, “I don’t believe you. I think they’re dead”.

“NO THEY’RE NOT! Will you just wait until tomorrow?! You’ll see.”

Tomorrow morning…..

When we got to the house and opened the gate, guess what?? There they were. My cute little pink flowers looking exactly like they did yesterday morning and just like Dude had said. Boy was I relieved.

Like I said, I can’t make anything grow and I know nothing about plants or flowers. Good thing I got Dude (who is more like a dudette since he strangely knows about flowers that go to sleep at night). If he hadn’t had a clue, I would have had a sleepless night, I tell you.


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