Thursday, April 30, 2009

New beginnings

Flowering Pacific native dogwood, Cornus nuttallii
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I am too excited to concentrate on writing; I just "got" a garden and we are moving in already in the end of next week. For the moment, it is all happiness; the spring is here, everything is blooming and I am walking with my feet barely touching the ground. The new garden (it feels odd to say "my" quite yet) is far too well-manicured for a person like me, which gives me something to work on. I like my gardens a bit wild and not too proper; I prefer admiring formality somewhere else than in my backyard (for it truly can be beautiful, too). I am already making a list of "must-have's" (oh, here we go again...) and plants of nostalgia to be included in this garden. After having made two gardens, I hope I know how to edit my plans and not to overdo things, however enthusiastic I might sound. But my main project will be planting a kitchen garden, the girls are just in the right age to enjoy growing their own veggies and flowers. And since we are not travelling anywhere this summer, there is a chance we get to enjoy the results too. So, being mentally too busy for anything else than family-centered thoughts, I just wanted to give a short update with some pictures from gardens around me, full of blooming beauties.
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The excitement, the true excitement, is always in starting again. Nothing's worse than an accomplished task, a realized dream.
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- Marilyn Harris -
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Thriving forget-me-nots, Myosotis sylvatica
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Species Rhododendron, with nodding, pink bell-formed flowersK
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Blooming white lilac, Syringa vulgaris 'Alba'
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Blooming lilac, Syringa vulgaris

7 comments:

Camellia said...

Congratulations! A new garden, a canvas (if not empty) to make into your own picture. Looking forward to see it unfurl.

Carol said...

Happy Gardening!! May your garden thrive and be all you desire for this new time. Lovely photos of beautiful plants in bloom.

Tant Grön said...

Grattis, du har blivit med trädgård på riktigt- och detta just i rättan tid för att sätta igång en grönsaksodling! Den resan vill vi gärna höra talas om här...Lycka till med potatis och morötter och nya visioner!

Jean Bradbury said...

Congratulations! How exciting and what a perfect time of year to start a new garden.

Karen said...

Oh hooray! I'm so so happy for you. After all those months of not being able to touch a thing, now you can finally let loose! I agree about wanting things a little on the wild side in the garden. Too formal = too fussy, in my view. Can't wait to see the before/after photos. Congratulations!!!

PS I just sent a link to someone from your ladybug post. I think a lot of us had no idea there were native and non-native species. I want to check out that 9-spot-spotting project! Thanks again for getting the info out there.

Daniel Mount said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read your adventures in the new garden. All the undoing of the tidiness will take a lot of work, what a time of year to get started.

Red Studio said...

A new garden, how exciting! I love lilacs. What beautiful photos of the flowers.