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WHAT CAN I SAY…IT’S MAY

I love my perennial border

For all the color it brings into my life.

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The back of my house looks onto my garden

So I look at it off and on all day.

But color in a perennial border

Can be a tricky thing.

You see, unlike annuals

Perennials don’t bloom all summer.

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Most bloom for a few weeks

A month

Or maybe several weeks

If I’m attentive to dead-heading.

So summer is a bit of a dance

With colors coming and going.

But May!!!

May is such a gift.

Color everywhere.

Columbine is one of the first to appear.

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Then big blousy peonies.

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And the flush of rose bushes.

Starting with Katy Road Pink

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Followed by Aloha

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Belinda’s Dream

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And a host of others whose names escape me.

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And of course, Iris have their brief but glorious moment in the sun.

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With a few Dutch Iris thrown in amongst the lot.

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Then there’s this tiny little orchid looking flower

With intense orchid color

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Orchid is the Pantone color of the year for 2015

So I’m glad mine are putting on such a show.

Diversity.

It’s one of the keys to a healthy garden.

It’s one of the keys to a healthy world.

Enjoy this glorious week.

Gail

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Coming color

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GARDEN QUESTIONS

Blogging is a curious adventure.

Some weeks ideas pop into my mind

All week-long.

Other weeks

Like this one

The mind is a void.

Not an idea at all.

So with the clock ticking away

On this Sunday evening.

I simply went into the garden

Breezy evening that it is

And clicked away.

Like any garden stroll

Questions arise.

So tonight

We’ll just do a little review

Of what’s blooming.

And ask a few questions

That popped into my mind.

The roses continue to bloom

And thrill my soul.

The staples in my garden

Are Katy Road Pink

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And Belinda’s Dream.

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But this week

Some new and old friends

Have been making me smile.

In my quest to add yellow roses

Sorry Daddy (he disliked yellow roses)

Julia Child is happily blooming away.

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Then two that I dug and brought

From my old garden

Are the best they have ever been.

If only I knew their name.

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It’s poppy season here.

And the rosy red ones that dot my garden

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Remind me of my neighbor Patti

And the fun we had gardening

Back and forth over the fence

That attempted to divide our yards.

I can’t look at a poppy or a lady bug

Without smiling and remembering Patti.

Now for the questions

What’s the deal with the Redbud trees?

The are loaded

No, over loaded with seed pods.

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So much so that the branches are

Hanging even lower than usual.

It seems to be a good year for seed pods

Not only Redbuds

But the Silver Leaf Maple has produced

Enough “helicopters” to replant

The southern plains.

So…did you ever wonder

Why columbine has these funny little

Spear like things coming off

The back of the bloom?

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I’m not sure I really want to know the answer

To my questions.

You see

I love the mystery.

Of nature

And of life.

Gail

 

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THE LUSTY MONTH OF MAY

 

Every time I looked at my garden this week.

Alan Lerner’s words from Camelot

Kept going through my head.

“It’s May, It’s May

The LUSTY month of May.”

And lusty it is.

Roses

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Peonies

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Iris

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Columbine

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Allium

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I don’t know how Mother Nature pulls it off

But every year on Mother’s Day

My garden hits its spring stride.

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There is still much to come

But this week

It’s glorious.

With lots of blousy blooms.

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Perhaps it’s Mother Nature’s way

Of honoring mothers.

Those who nurture

And prod

And encourage things to grow.

Happy Mother’s Day

Gail

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Four generations of the women of my family circa early 1950’s

 

 

 

 

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