April 30, 2013

Caddo Maples From My House to Yours

What can a girl do to acknowledge something truly wonderful in a person's life?

(Wonderful being such an inadequate word in this instance...)

Incredible, miraculous, amazing...simply splendid! (yes, I have been reading a British novel...) 

All inadequate.

After thinking about it for a while...

I came up with this revised question.

What can a person do to acknowledge something wonderfully transformative in a person's life?

An acknowledgment that is humble by comparison, and symbolic in intent

A gesture understood by giver and receiver to commemorate something...of the past, and of the future. 

Representing a connection between places and people and plans for this future...

of beauty and meaning, growth,

and yes, transformation.

April 29, 2013

Last Tulip Standing

I have lived at this address for over twenty years... it has only been in the last three or four that hail has been such a problem. (Hail is the new tornado in OK.)

I had indeed planned to work in the garden yesterday. I was almost finished with the major things, and was looking forward to the minor ones.  The ever so pleasant piddling and puttering ones.  

Instead, I swept and raked and blowed and mowed and pruned and cut back...for six hours, no less...after Friday night's most recent hail storm.

The scent of rich, wet, sticky chloryphyl is still in my nose and on my skin. Probably will be for days.

Can you find it? Look closely. To the left of the birdbath...

But it could have been worse. No car or roof damage. The bulbs and phlox were about finished any way...tulips ready to be pulled up and relegated to the compost pile...

except one.  I give you:

The tortoise tulip of spring. Cagey and clever to have waited so long to bloom; defiant, solitary, and brave.

The winner in my tulips' game of musical chairs.

Enjoying much more attention now...in her isolated glory

than she ever would have received as just another bloom amongst the masses.

Still erect and proud after the storm...stately without relying on the others for support or visual reinforcement.

She will now command all of my respect, admiration and 
attention.  She is

the Last Tulip Standing.  

April 26, 2013

Growing Moss on Terracotta

I don't know about beer-swilling begonias, but I DO know that beer will encourage moss to grow on your new terracotta pots.

To 'age' new clay pots, follow these simple instructions that LC and I demonstrated on today's segment of 4 Your Garden.  Watch it here to learn how to achieve that old and weathered look on containers in your garden.

Thanks for the Memories

The last of the tulips will be finished by this weekend. Magnificent, they were. Their beauty now transfigured into digital ghosts, captured and put away in my computer, floating out now and again...for me, and sometimes you...to remember.

Unusually cool, sometimes frighteningly cold, weather extended their performance

and our enjoyment.  In fact, and I am going out on a limb here...

in the twenty plus years I have been gardening here

I think this was the most spectacular spring show


Thanks to all of you who noticed, commented, appreciated,

drove by with your aging parents, or 

walked by with your pooch...

 again and again...

to see what would bloom next, open next

appear next.

Savoring it, I think, almost

as much as I.

April 23, 2013

Spring Pesto from Spring Greens

I planted spring greens into every nook and cranny of my garden this season.

I can't get enough of their delicacy and tenderness and freshness...

and their colors, of course.

Tiny seedlings plucked from their cradle

then tucked everywhere there was bare soil.

Spinach in pots along side snapdragons and fern,

Romaine too, with chard and butter crunch in another.

Cabbages in the window box

and kale and lettuces keeping company with the tulips and pansies.

 Lots to harvest

and enjoy.

Not to mention the 'official' planting in Q3 of the potager.

Sunday dinner with my son and his girlfriend was the perfect occasion to

snip and cook.  I give you (from an old Family Circle mag:


In a food processor add 1/3 cup toasted shelled pistachio nuts, 1 large bunch or 6 oz. bag spinach, 2 cups arugula and parsley, 4 coarsely chopped scallions and 2 or more cloves garlic.  Blend one minute and while processor is running add 3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil until incorporated.  Place in a bowl and top with 3/4 cup shredded Asagio cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Makes enough for two lbs. of pasta.

I actually prefer it to traditional basil pesto, and judging from the quantity consumed by my college son,

he didn't think it was too shabby either.

April 20, 2013

Thoughts of White Tulips


I prefer to end this week thinking of white tulips...what about you?