In looking around the garden, I see a theme has developed. It's all about the birds and flowers. With approximately one hundred birdhouses, I suppose my collection is now nearing
intervention status! Some are decorative and some are functional with clean-outs, but long ago I found out the birds are the ones who decide which is which. A bossy little house wren has commandeered the gazebo garden where she and her hubby have taken up residence in a blue bird house, chasing any other birds who dare to come near.
Every new flower is an awaiting surprise and , as I stroll our garden, bird song greets me. A red fox streaked across the front lawn this early morning, probably from the cat food on our porch. We've had lovely rains and everything is an intense shade of spring green.
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Hard to believe but we just marked our fifth anniversary in our "new" old house. Many , many projects later, we still have a few major improvements to finish. This spring is exterior
painting and new garage doors, but we are hiring those done. Even though I'm a good painter and have painted houses before , inside and out, my ladder days are over!
For me, the most rewarding changes have been accomplished in the landscape. My best friend teased the daylights out of me when we bought a house with "tortured shrubbery" (clipped into box and spiral shapes). But it was a half acre after a tiny lot and, even though two-thirds of it was covered in ivy and pachysandra, I knew there was a wonderful garden waiting to happen. And, there was a garden shed and an extra garage on the back of the house to store all my garden tools, pots and whatnot!
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Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful readers, I hope it is a lovely day for each and every one of you! This little garden tour is my tribute to mothers everywhere, who often put their
own wants and needs aside for those they love. Thank you for rocking the babies through the night, doing your work and chores with little ones at your heels, helping each one feel like the favorite and being the anchor of our families. Without a mother's love this would be a sad world indeed.
Have a sweet day doing what you like the most with the ones you love!
At a recent rummage sale I picked up two vintage bamboo rakes. Of course, Len asked me what I was going to do with them. My standard answer is ,"A project". So here the project is!
A floppy rose needing a trellis and some drain pipes I wanted covered gave me the opportunity to put those rakes to use. The first rake fit nicely into the rose pot and became its trellis. A pretty bird house added with twine gave the whole thing a little pizzazz. To camouflage some of the drain pipe on the other side of the garage, I tied the rake to the front and added another birdhouse.
Voila! I have garden accents that cost only three dollars (I already had the birdhouses) and make a nice display on either side of our garage. It doesn't get much easier than that!
May Day Baskets were something we made of construction paper in elementary school back in the day, but I haven't seen much about them for years. If I get a vote, we should bring this
neighborly rite of spring back!
Very simple and fun besides: just gather fresh blooms from your spring garden, insert them into a glass or small vase of water in a charming little basket and add a bit of ribbon. The tradition when I was growing up was for children to place them on a neighbor's door, ring the bell and run away as fast as you could so you weren't caught. Hiding in nearby bushes to see the recipient's surprised expression was half the fun. Try this fun little activity with your children or on your own, or place a May Basket on your own door to officially welcome spring.