Saturday, May 27, 2017

May Days

I've always been overly fond of the month of May, mostly because my birthday starts it off. But I also love it because it's just so darned pretty. It's such a lush and flowery month in the garden, full of gorgeous blossoms and fragrant scents. How can you not love it?

Here in central Ohio, May brings roses and peonies into bloom that tickle your nose with sweet scents as you walk by.

As the frost free date passes, it's time to fill containers.

The birds continue to frequent my yard. They especially love the branches of my climbing rose, and I often find them posing there. It sure makes for some fun photos. Soon I'll see more butterflies. They're just starting to show up here.

We've been lucky so far, with frequent rains to keep everything watered. Hubby and I both dislike the garden hose rodeo, so any time that rain does our work for us is a good day.

That leaves more time to simply enjoy the view. Really, isn't that the whole point of it all?

I sit outside most evenings with camera in hand, just waiting for something to catch my eye. I can feel my breathing slow, and my blood pressure go down.

These May Days are precious indeed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Glory of May in the Garden

Garden bloggers tend to rhapsodize over the flowers they find blooming in their gardens. It's pretty much the whole point of garden blogging, isn't it? And if you weren't a fan of ogling other gardens, you wouldn't be reading blogs like this. Blogging isn't quite as popular as it once was, but I stick with it mostly for my own kind of journaling. I often look back at my old posts for various informational purposes. So I'll continue to blog here. You just might have to excuse me for an over abundance of enthusiasm about the blooms that live here with me. That's why I do it.

The month of May is the highlight of the year here in Robin's Nest. I think there are many other gardens that can say the same. When you think of May flowers, I bet you think of roses, don't you? There's a good reason for that.

But there's so much more to the May garden.

So very much more! I go out the door in the morning, and I can hardly believe how lovely it all is.

Do you ever get moved over the beauty of your own garden? The other day, I went out and it just hit me how much I loved this little spot on the earth.

So excuse me, I'm off to enjoy my May garden, again! It won't be around for long, so I'm going to savor it.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring Glory

I'm thinking of spring as a southern belle this year, even in Ohio. She has put on her fanciest gown, covered with all manner of ruffles, ribbons, bows, and lace. And then she has proceeded to charm us all.

The easy weather this spring has helped to make it quite glorious out there. You know you are in love with spring when your own flowers make you swoon.

I say these things not to brag over my own garden, but in awe of the wonder of spring. The cliche of spring bursting forth could not be a more accurate description. I check daily to see what's in bloom, and every day I find some new treasure.

Over the years, I've discovered many happy accidents. Once I happened on some small candytuft plants. It's not anything I ever planned to buy, as it seemed a little dull for my taste. But they were marked down, so I bought three. Well, those three have turned into many! Since they bloom at the same time as my tulips, they make a wonderful backdrop. What I thought might be dull, turned out to be gorgeous. They bloom together with creeping phlox, and together they've made a spring quilt that makes my eyes bug out. And neither of these plants ever asks a thing from me except lots of sunshine.

And as for my tulips, they have my heart. Yes I know they aren't reliably perennial. I treat them as annuals anyway. But they are worth the trouble to me. I'm not sure what it is about tulips that make us all so crazy in love. I suppose it's the wide variety of colors they come in. I have many happy memories of tulips, so that's part of my love affair.

Not much else to say about the glory of spring other than it's just plain wonderful. I simply wanted to share some of it here with my readers. Go out and enjoy it folks, it just doesn't last long enough!