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Spring blooms

Friday, May 16, 2014

I love gardening! My primary home (ie, where I spend most of time) is a small condo with no yard to call my own, but plenty of sunshine. Last week, my precious Sophie (2 1/2 year old granddaughter) and I potted a couple of tomatoes and some herbs. She is my BEST helper! I used some of the herbs in our Mother's Day lunch. She was very proud of this fact!

Sophie has taken full ownership of our work. While I've been in our secondary home (where I usually just spend a couple of days a week ) this week, she has gone over and watered "our" plants - with her mom's help.

Coming "home" was glorious. Although our daffodils, bluebells and snowdrops are long spent, I found many of our shrubs and spring flowering plants in bloom.

I planted this columbine the year we moved into our house as a memorial and prayerful reminder for the Columbine school victims and their loved ones. That horror occurred the day we found the house. I was driving my son from his school to his orthodontist and - en route - passed the house for sale that would become our home. When we got home from his appointment, we were shocked and grievous at the news when we turned on the television.

The peonies are precious to me because they are transplants from my mother's (which were transplants from her mother's) that she and my daddy planted as a surprise for Jeff and me while we were at work one day.

The bleeding heart is just about spent, but a few hale and "hearty" blossoms are still clinging.

The rhododendruns and roses are truly beautiful this time of year.

The azaleas come and go, depending on the type.

The japanese laceleaf maple is another gift from my mother.

I have tried to grow vegetables at home many times, but have too much shade. I hope Sophie's and my attempt in pots at the condo will be successful. My desire is to instill in her (and her little sister, Lola, when she is a little older) a love for gardening and an appreciation for God's provisions.

Thanks for strolling through my gardens!

Have a great weekend~

I have tried a bizillion ways to rotate these pictures to no avail. You'll just have to turn your computers upside down, or stand on your heads! I'm sorry!!!
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    How could I miss this blog? It is the sweetest ever! And the peonies story was so moving... Thank you very much for sharing these stories and pictures with us! Your granddaughter is just adorable!
    1671 days ago
    I LOVED this blog! As you know, I also love gardening and appreciate all the beauty God has graced you with in your lovely plants/flowers. I think it is precious that Sophie helped you plant a garden and that she is owning it! Sounds like the gardening bug has been caught and she will always have memories of spending that time with you :) Thanks for sharing!
    P.S. Sophie is ADORABLE!!
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    1774 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/16/2014 4:03:28 PM
    The flowers are beautiful and you have so many! Of course, the most beautiful thing in the blog is that rosy cheeked Sophie. She grows more so each time I see her in pictures. I understand the frustration with the pictures. My recent blog was to have two in it and the computer at the hotel was so slow I finally gave up.
    Hope you made it through all the storms on Thursday. We got lots of heavy rain but luckily no damaging wind or flooding. emoticon emoticon
    1774 days ago
    Love the pictures - even upside down! emoticon
    Your flowers are beautiful and Sophie is just precious. I really need to get out and work in my flower beds. Enjoy your weekend!
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