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A Daily Walk Around the Garden

Thursday, July 02, 2009

It's amazing how much pleasure there is to be had in a little walk around the garden at the house where I've now lived more than 22 years. Every day there is something new in bloom: right now, I'm especially enjoying my floppy pale pink antique rose, which smells so good although each blossom last little more than a day. The mock orange is another with a wonderful scent -- and I've brought in a bouquet of the two mixed together for the kitchen table.

My few little plantings of annuals -- white cosmos, bright red geraniums, a few snapdragons, some portulaca -- those are all pretty consistently colourful and I would not want to be without them. But what I like most is making a point of noticing as each of the old perennial friends predictably steps forward and takes its turn from spring to fall: snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, anemone, daffodils, tulips, iris, lily of the valley, lilac, columbine, poppies, peonies, Dame's rocket all pretty much past with lemon drop and evening primrose sharing star billing with the roses and mock orange right now. I've got another yellow kitchen bouquet of those with a late deep red peony! And there will be lots more perennials -- sidalcea soon, liatris, sweet peas, lilies (Asiatic and daylily types) asters, golden rod, sedum, Rose of Sharon, trumpet vine, chrysanthemums, fall crocus. Plus flowers from my annual seeds -- nasturtium, morning glories -- still to come between now and fall.

Every day new, each flower never to be repeated. But every flower deeply familiar from all the years I've lived here and seen them bloom in sequence. And something new: I'm wondering if my just-planted Pink Fantasy clematis is going to oblige in its first season with a bloom or two!
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ANIMEMOM1 7/10/2009 6:00PM

    I miss having a garden. When I did, I had very little money to put into it so I had mostly a fruit and veggie garden. I had very few flowers/bushes so I had a lot of fun planting things that would naturalize or that I could split later and increase my count. I had a really pretty yard going. If I could have a whole perimeter of lilacs I would. My favorite smelling flower. I shall live precariously through your garden. emoticon

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SUZY6281 7/6/2009 4:01PM

    My husband and I love to vacation in Canada- British Columbia. And one of the things that I find so wonderful about Canada is the abundance of beautiful flowers.

Your garden sounds fabulous.

suzy

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DSHONEYC 7/3/2009 11:40AM

    Oh, to wander around your garden would be a delight to all the senses. Wishing I was there, though I can imagine it. To wander around something so familiar (have been in my own home nearly 19 years) and see something "new" takes my breath away. I have a small floral disaster to contend with today, but it will open up space for something else to stretch out or perhaps replace it. Disasters can be opportunities, and health can be restored. Have a wonderful Friday in Canada, my SparkFriend.


P.S. I did enjoy your Canada Day commentary. My neighbor and former Canadian became a US citizen right before the 2008 4th of July. Funny, but she was infected with American zeal. Are we Americans "too proud"?

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KIZIDOG 7/2/2009 7:44PM

    Isn't it wonderful to see all our hard work bloom and bring us such joy. It is the same with our journey to health and wellness. The hard work will pay off and we will have joy along the way as well as at the end. Star

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