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My Slow Poke Phlox

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I have seen the gorgeous purples of phlox growing around my city. The flowers spill down over rock gardens and retaining walls. At this time of year, it is a beautiful spectacle.

My phlox are still closed and timid. Oh, come on you shy guys!

I enjoy this type of flower that has such a small bloom but because it grows like a "vine" thousands of little flowers become a cluster of brilliant colour. I think vine is the wrong word, but perhaps a garden out there can give me the correct term.

Let's get growing!

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DJ4HEALTH 4/14/2014 3:12PM

    Give it time because it may not be as warm where they are.

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L*I*T*A* 4/13/2014 4:00PM

    you may need more sun in your area where the plant is........
am sure once it bloooms it will be awesoME!

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WAY2GOCAT 4/13/2014 1:42PM

    Be Patient!

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The Pleasure of the Pussy Willow

Saturday, April 05, 2014


This morning I noticed the beautiful fuzzy bumps emerging in my backyard pussy willow tree.
I have to admit that spring has arrived and the chilliest evenings are behind us.

I see those tiny grey blooms as the litmus strip of seasonal change. Why do I have such a soft spot for tree? I really don't know.

The pussy willow was a specimen that I got with the purchase of this home. I did not choose it but I'm happy we can co-exist so close together. It always makes me smile.

(As if a tree could MAKE me do anything,) I choose to enjoy the pleasure of a blooming and thriving pussy willow.

Have you got a favourite?

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/13/2014 1:02PM

    LITA you are lucky to live where you do!
Rhodos are everywhere and they are such show-offs.

The cherry trees are really a hit this spring, I think. The blossoms are lasting and lasting!

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DJ4HEALTH 4/6/2014 12:21AM

    I love roses too all kinds as long as they have a smell, I don't like roses that have no fragrance to them. To me if they don't have a smell then they are not real flowers

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L*I*T*A* 4/5/2014 11:32PM

    my favs are: rhododendron,camilias and the dark pink cherry trees when they bloom........

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/5/2014 7:21PM

    Oooooo, yes the roses. I have a deep red rose bush at the front of my house. They can be cut as long stemmed too. I have to wait until June but it is so worth it.

The forsythia is doing its best this week! I can't get over the rhododendrons already blooming. They are magnificent.

i had lilacs at another house but here, I don't think there is any lilac. I do remember the fragrance. emoticon

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TCANNO 4/5/2014 1:17PM

    Mine is Roses of any kind.

Your sounds nice

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ALICIA214 4/5/2014 12:54PM


I have a few favourites, one is what I call the Tulip tree,actually I think it's proper
name is magnolia, then there is forsythia, and my beautiful purple Lilac..

Spring is so colourful isn't it?

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Spring Rains

Sunday, March 30, 2014

We are enjoying a drizzly weekend. The cherry blossoms are beginning to rain down until there are pink carpets under all the neighbourhood trees.

Many houses have colourful primulas dotting their front gardens. The happy tones of yellow, violet, pinks and white draw my eye and remind me of upcoming Easter celebrations.

My rose bush is sending out tiny shoots to show where all the flowers will be in a few months.

I am impressed by the chives that are growing. My salads are reaping the benefit of that onion flavour.

The unfortunate side to all the spring rain, is our soggy and spongy backyard. We are unable to cut the grass. The walk to my compost bin is a very damp one indeed.


I am happy with the spring rain. All the forest around us needs this precipitation. So, the the foreseeable weeks, I will see the blessing of Spring rains.

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CAROLJ35 3/30/2014 9:09PM

    You must live where there is a warm current bringing Spring. (which is late even in the southern states.)

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L*I*T*A* 3/30/2014 7:18PM

    enjoy the spring all around!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/30/2014 5:46PM

    Well you should be seeing green all around you... unlike here there are a few things coming up but not much....

God bless,


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Hibiscus Grows Outdoors In My Neighborhood

Thursday, March 27, 2014

If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I never would have believed it. Hibiscus? I thought it grew in Florida and and Caribbean.

I witnessed two beautiful, healthy bushes of hibiscus today blossoming in brilliant pink today.

I do not own a hibiscus plant but I certainly appreciate the bushes that other folks are tending.
THANK YOU, Gardeners!!

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CAROLJ35 3/30/2014 9:05PM

    We grow hibiscus in FL and have two red ones blooming right now.
But we can't keep them over the winter in North Carolina as they freeze when it gets cold. Even here in FL our plants were nipped by the frost and DH nursed them back to good health.

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DJ4HEALTH 3/29/2014 1:59AM

    They make a great tea too!! You take the flowers and boil them then add sweetener to taste.

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L*I*T*A* 3/28/2014 11:29AM

    love spring!!!

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Another Plant is Up and At It

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rhubarb. Are you kidding me?

Today on my way to the compost bin, there is was... knuckles of reddish pink poking out of the ground! I think my rhubarb plant liked this winter because it looks healthy and vibrant. It is looking toward the sun!

This summer, I hope my rhubarb decides to grow tasty stems for me to harvest. This plant has been a generous leaf grower in the past. How do I get it to focus on the red stems?

At this time of year, I was very pleased just to see that it is getting with the program of growing and bursting forth.

Yup, another sign of the spring arriving here. emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 3/25/2014 3:32AM


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L*I*T*A* 3/24/2014 12:18PM

    love spring.............

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EMSSBEARS 3/23/2014 11:33PM

    Congratulations I am glad that you are seeing signs of Spring - they are popping up everywhere- it's great to see.

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DMEYER4 3/23/2014 7:38PM

  so happy spring is here.

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