Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pug-Pics, Ele-Pics, Flowers to Plant, and a Disappearing Angel!




Aren't those pugs too cute!


Tarra coaxing Dulary down the ramp and out of the trailer.

Scott making sure everything is going well with the girls and their new sister.


Here are the plants I've started indoors and obviously are ready for their permanent homes. I'm feeling lots better and will spend Mother's Day working in the gardens. There are a number of Wave petunias (different colors) that I'll be putting around the little water garden. And I've decided to give up the ghost and turn my vegetable garden into a mostly flower garden. The wild creatures, deer, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, and occasional woodchucks are just too hard to constantly do battle with. I'll put in tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers and maybe cucumbers and lettuce (in an iron cage!) but there will mostly be unpalatable types of ornamentals. I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders having made that decision.
A temporary loss of sanity!! I must have thought I had retired and have huge amounts of time for gardening. Actually, I've got places for the impatiens (the new planting area Steve made last Fall). The Dragon Wing begonias and coleus will be in a really neat looking 3-tiered planter (will show you that as soon as I get it out of the basement) that will be at the shaded entrance you see there. The others are moss roses and scarlet (Castle series) plumed celosia which will go in the Willow Tree garden and in barrels. The big box I stopped at (K-Mart) had a nice, healthy selection of perennials and I found a 20" iris and a dianthus that has tiny white and red flowers (can't remember their names, off hand). So, now, all I have to do is try to stretch tomorrow out to say, oh, 48 hours. That will do for a start.

Within the last few weeks, our little angel (can anyone think of a name for her?) has nearly been hidden by this large hosta. It will get a lot bigger, so I'm going to have to find a better place for her. Possibly in the shady back garden.
I took many pictures of the blooming things in my gardens and woods today and will put the draft together tomorrow night for Tuesday's Bloom Day. I'm still not real swift when it comes to making posts with pictures and it takes me hours so I'm glad I'll be able to take my time.
Well, both pugs are snoring loudly (I've put a pillow over Garm's head - lightly!) and it's bath time and then a half hour audio class on the "Greco-Roman Moralists" (it really is very interesting, really). Everyone have a wonderful Mother's Day (I know I will) and be seeing you on Bloom's Day.
A funny quote by Jane Austen:
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it.
Hope you all have plenty of myrtle and turkey in your lives!!
Bye for now,
Alyssa

4 comments:

Carol said...

Good to hear you are feeling better. It would be nice if today was 48 hours long, we could all use some extra time in the garden.

Looking forward to seeing your Bloom Day post!

Ziggywigs said...

Your impatiens look lovely...mine are ready for hardening off and need to get these done this week. I think we need longer days and weeks. Nice to see the elephants and your wee pugs.

Kate said...

Thank you Alyssa, for recommending the book by Jon Kabat-Zinn - I will look into getting it. Meditation has helped me in the past. Your kind words also were helpful ...

Your seedlings are way more advanced than mine! I will love watching their progress.

I can certainly understand why you are going to grow flowers rather than veggies. Waging war with the wild animals is a frustrating and usually losing venture.

I am glad to hear that you are feeling better! That is wonderful news.

These are great elephant pics. I hope Dulary will do well in her new home!

I would love to hear your pugs snoring ... they are sweet creatures.

I hope your Mother's Day was a good one!!! Kate ox

Mary said...

I'm late the this party...sorry.

It's good to hear you are feeling better! Your taste in dog faces is similar to mine - all smushed in. LOL! They are sweet. I've never known a pug and I hear they are clowns.

I think your blog is the only place in blogosphere where we can see elephants. I'll be back for more!