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RAIN…FINALLY RAIN

My part of the world

Has been in a drought

Not a California kind of drought,

But we have been considered Severe or Extreme

For years.

We got our first 3″ rain

Around the first of May.

A rainy day view from the garden house door.

A rainy day view from the garden house door.

And it’s been raining off and on ever since.

We are now somewhere north of 7 “.

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Farm ponds, creeks even lakes and rivers are filling up.

Roses and peonies are blooming wildly.

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The vivid colors of iris fill the garden

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Cassidy and Sloan came over

To make surprise bouquets for their mom.

Hard to catch these two without one of them being silly...or both.

Hard to catch these two without one of them being silly…or both.

Next door hundreds of praying mantis were born

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To the amazed eyes of a child.

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It’s a new beginning.

A second spring if that’s possible.

And what more appropriate weekend than Mother’s Day.

For a new beginning.

They are there at the start of our lives.

Queens of second chances.

But the truth is we don’t get to pick our moms.

I got really lucky in this category.

She taught me well

And was tons of fun along the way.

Mother and Elliott in the early 80's.

Mother and Elliott in the early 80’s.

Another mother you don’t get to pick

Is the mother of your grandchildren.

That was Elliott’s choice.

He did good…no great.

Kristina and Elliott have been married almost 11 years now.

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They’ve survived graduate school for both of them.

The normal stresses of early marriage

And lots and lots of real life.

They have thrived.

Now they are parents.

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Busy parents.

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When babies come in twos

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It’s all hands on deck

All the time.

Kristina is a wonderful mother.

She is patient

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She sees joy in her children

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And she’s relaxed

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Which is huge in my book.

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Motherhood is tricky territory.

It is not what Hallmark wants you to believe it is.

It is demanding, exhausting and rewarding.

The rewards keep coming long after the sleepless nights fade from memory.

But in the trenches that’s far down the road.

So this Mother’s Day

I wish for you Kristina, and mothers of young children

Not a single day, but days and years filled with real life.

Days of joys and challenges and giggles and growth

And love

And peace.

Gail

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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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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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