Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bliss

Spring has arrived, and I am loving every minute of it.


I have blisters on my feet.


My arms and legs have scratches all over them.


My nose and cheeks have a touch of sunburn.


My muscles are sore.


My house won't be clean again until next winter.


We have been eating very, very late.  And very simply prepared dishes.


It's wonderful!


What's blooming in my garden for Garden Bloomers Bloom Day?


Carnation, dianthus, iris, daffodil, crocus, salvia, muscari, scabiosa, gaillardia, 
camellia, pansy, various ground covers, and an occasional rose bloom.


This gardener is happy!

86 comments:

  1. It's hard to get it all in, so many blossoms. What's a little inconvenience like sunburn when Spring comes?

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    1. I don't mind a little sunburn! Or a bee sting! No, not at all! :)

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  2. Your garden is beautiful! It definitely looks like spring has come to your backyward. I love the yellow tulips. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Spring is definitely here - and I think summer will be here soon!

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  3. Fun post! I laughed with you, same scenario here. It's so worth it though. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Soooo much better than sitting inside in the winter!

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  4. Cute! And very accurate!!! Everything looks very happy! Happy GBBD to you!

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    1. My garden is very happy right now - we're getting plenty of rain, and sunshine. I'm hoping they both last!

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  5. All worth it for spring! Lovely blooms!

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    1. I hate this type of work in the summer, when it's super hot, but in the spring, it's just nice to be working outside!

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  6. Oh Wow!!! I am right behind you...maybe about 3 weeks and I will be sore too! Yay!

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    1. haha - It's funny how gardening can give such a workout!

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  7. Hello HG! Happy GBBD! I love your post. I'm green with evny that you've even a touch of sunburn as I experienced a soaking downpour while taking my kid to the bus this morning. OY! You have lovely, warm blooms. Your iris is magnificent! Cheers, Jenni

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    1. Your plants will love the downpour. Hope you get sun soon!

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  8. This really made me laugh - I'm the same way. I adore the sore muscles, scratched forearms, dirty fingernails of spring. Dinners are from the freezer. Your garden looks so lush beautiful - can't wait for mine to catch up. Your bearded iris is lovely.

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    1. I don't think non-gardeners understand when they see my fingernails and arms! But, I don't mind them at all!

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  9. Hi Holley, your garden looks so beautiful this spring. All your hard work is really paying off. I can imagine that you are completely happy!
    Christina

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    1. I'm very happy. The rains have not shut off yet, so my garden is happy. Completely, though - are we ever *completely* happy? :)

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  10. We gardeners love the oddest things. LOL! Your spring garden is just beautiful. I love those red carnations. What a bright spot in the garden.

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    1. They are becoming one of my favorite plants. I love them mixed with those white daffodils. You might think I planned that, but no, just a happy accident!

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  11. I am finished wiping the tears from my eyes that burst out after reading this post. I love it! I can identify with everything you wrote. Yes, we like "this stuff"! Your place is looking beautiful!

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    1. Really, we must be crazy to like "this stuff"! But we get great exercise, sunshine, and pretty flowers in return!

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  12. Yes, this is how it is. Spring is upon us and it is wonderful. Love your iris - mine aren't quite there yet. Your garden is beautiful.

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    1. I have some other irises that haven't started blooming yet. I always worry about the early blooming ones getting caught by frost, but this year there were no worries about that!

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  13. To be honest my house isn't properly clean even in winter but you are right: spring has come and we gardeners have things to do, we can't bother cleaning, cooking or taking care of ourselves. It definitely worths it, doesn't it? :)
    Your garden looks beautiful

    Alberto

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    1. haha - My house isn't either, but I pretend. :) I also pretend that making sandwiches is really gourmet cooking when it's gardening season!

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  14. Your garden really is loving Spring, right along with you, Holley. You really have some pretty combinations and garden vignettes. Happy GBBD.

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    1. I'm learning to bunch my blooms together so they will make more of an impact. Sometimes, though, I just get lucky!

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  15. You call it spring? It looks like beautiful summer!!!

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    1. Summer's when the roses bloom. Then the heat sets in, and everything fries! ;)

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  16. aloha,

    ha ha, i feel the same tired, hungry and satisfied garden wise and your spring garden is just glowing so sweet :)

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    1. I've always wondered if the garden could be pretty without all that work, but I've resigned myself to being tired and hungry in spring. It's worth it!

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  17. What beautiful blooms. I agree with you, the garden needs us now much more than the house does.

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  18. So nice to be outside, isn't it?! Especially before it gets blisteringly hot!

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    1. You're exactly right! In a couple of months, it will be so hot, I'll just be looking outside, and not out in it! I keep reminding myself I need to get everything done now!

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  19. Beautiful and such a joy to view. It must be wonderful to be out in all that beauty.

    FlowerLady

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    1. I'm so happy spring is here. I'm not much of a winter person!

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  20. I'm jealous...our colder than usual winter has the early flowering trees, plants late, just starting at my higher end of town. Soon... I think this is great, seeing you so deep into spring. Amazing displays...the fruits of your "blisters, scratches, sunburn, etc".

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    1. We had a milder than usual winter, and everything here is a week or so ahead of schedule. It will be interesting to compare to next year! I hope spring arrives for you soon.

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  21. I've got all that and more. Blisters on my feet from wearing flip flops for the first time this year. Blisters on my hands from pruning cat tails. Not many flowers though. Mostly daffodils. Aww! Spring! It feels really good!

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    1. I don't wear flip flops, but I think I had a pebble in my shoe! Your flowers will come. And yes, spring feels great!!!

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  22. I'm so so envious right now, but also very happy to be able to share in your joy! What a stunning garden yours is in spring! :)

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    1. I love seeing your garden getting started as mine goes into decline, and now it's the reverse. Soon you'll be celebrating spring, and I'll be lamenting about winter's arrival!

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  23. I can certainly relate to your scratches and sore muscles...and my nails are a real mess! But I love this time of year. Your flowers are gorgeous. I especially love your irises. I am just now experimenting with growing them after all these years of gardening!

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    1. You will love irises, I think. I love them just for the spiky foliage - the flowers are a bonus!

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  24. Your irises, daffodils, tulips and other blooms are all so lovely. Scratches and sore muscles are a wonderful sign of spring in the garden...can't wait!

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    1. Happens every year, doesn't it? Makes me feel alive!

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  25. We like 'Happy Gardeners'...and your garden looks stunning...happy garden too! x

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    1. My garden is happy right now - I think it has to do with us getting spring rains this year!

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  26. Sunburn, scratches, tired limbs, late meals, messy house ... all well worth it when you look out at those fabulous blooms. There's no gain without pain! Your garden is so full of great colour.

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    1. Yes, it's worth it to me. Maybe not to other members of the household, though! haha

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  27. Holley, your red camellia is just gorgeous, I want one too! My house is also suffering these days, the dust bunnies are roaming free and I can't remember last time I washed my kitchen floor...but who cares, my garden looks great!

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    1. haha - Helene, I feel the same way - who cares if the house is dirty?!

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  28. Your garden is wonderful I do not have the words to discribe how I love your garden wish I could see it in real life

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    1. I know how you feel. There are so many bloggers with beautiful gardens that I would love to see. But I am so thankful that I get to see them virtually at least. Not so long ago, we only had books and magazines to drool over. The internet is fabulous for touring lovely gardens - and we don't even have to leave our homes!

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  29. Oh Holley! Will my property ever look like that? I doubt it, cause I guess I focus more on growing vegetables. But I do love flowers! Blessings from Bama!

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    1. And I need to focus more on vegetables! :) I do think we can have it all, though - maybe we both just need to focus more on both areas!

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  30. I agree with Helene--dust bunnies mixed with cat furballs (sorry, that's gross). But now I have a messy garden that I need to clean up AND a messy house. Let's see...which one will I decide to focus on this weekend? Tough choice, but I'm sure the rake and garden pruners will be used more than the vacuum cleaner. Happy GBBD! Enjoy your lovely garden!

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    1. haha - Yes, there is that time of the year in early spring when both the house and the gardens need cleaning up. I'm working hard on getting my garden cleaned. I'm sure the dust bunnies will still be there when I finally get around to them! I hope you have a wonderful time this weekend in your garden!

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  31. Oh my. You do have a lot going on in your garden. Spring is trying to come here. Very warm and dry. Your garden is lovely. So much to look at and to love. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Warm sounds wonderful - dry, not so much. I hope you get enough rains for your plants to start their spring growth spurt, but that it keeps warm enough for you to get outside and play some!

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  32. Looking good, Holley.
    Yes, I gardened 4 days in a row last week and now it's Spring Break. I ALMOST...(almost) got tired of gardening one time this week. But the feeling passed quickly.
    LOL

    Hey, I bought my first rose today...in part due to your enthusiasm over the genera.
    I'll post about the experience soon. We went the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Texas. What a place!!!
    David/:0)

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    1. Enjoy your spring break! I doubt, though, that you'll get much of a break. :) I can't wait to see the rose growing in your garden!!! I hope you love it immensely! You will not believe this, and I'm almost embarrassed to say, but I have never been to the ARE. I've always wanted to go, but for some reason I just haven't made the time to get down there. I hope you'll do a post on it.

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  33. What a great feeling! And your garden is looking just amazing. Can't wait to view your photos over the next few months.

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    1. I'm anxious for the roses to start blooming, but not so anxious for hot summer weather to arrive!

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  34. Outstanding Holley...this gardener has not been in the garden even with warm weather...work is too busy and that is a bummer...also took a spill so this gardener is a bit sore and will be taking it so easy in the garden this weekend...but I am planting early veggies...who would have thought it...

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    1. I hope you recuperate swiftly, and with just a little rest. Be careful - it's hard to take it easy in the garden! I can hardly wait to start eating fresh veggies again!

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  35. How ABSOLUTELY Spring-filled is your garden - a place of Heaven!! How gorgeous is your garden - ENJOY ENJOY!!!

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    1. Thank you. I am enjoying it this year. It's filling up, and I'm afraid next year it will be over-crowded, but hopefully this year it will be just right! (That's the plan, anyway! haha)

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  36. Do you have mud season in Texas? I have more mud than blooms but that doesn't stop me from getting out in that garden as long as I'm careful to only kill the grass and not tromp through the beds. Good thing I just put out my rain barrel. I think it's already full. Your garden is gorgeous! I can see why you're out there long into the day. So many Spring blooms! It is great.

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    1. We don't usually have much of a mud season. We have dry seasons sometimes! It's hard to work in the mud. Not much you can do, really, until things dry out a bit. I can understand your frustration. But your plants I'm sure are soaking up all that lovely water!

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  37. Wow I love love love your red carnations!! I have always loved carnations and used to have some pink kind which I loved. Sadly they only lasted a couple years. The red though is beautiful especially against the white daffodils!

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    1. I'm loving the red carnations this year, too. I don't know how many years they'll last, but they're already worth whatever I paid for them!

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  38. Those iris are lovely! What's blooming in my garden? Sadly, not a darn thing! But, I remain hopeful though. The weather has warmed and I was out in the garden yesterday. Have fun in the garden this weekend!

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    1. Sorry you have no blooms. But it won't be long! And just being out in the garden is very satisfying!

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  39. Wow..I was going to be happy too. Good for you :-) and congratulations for all those blooms. So much is blooming there already. I wish I could send all the bees from here to there. The bees here are dying because nothing is blooming here and due to this mild weather, the bees are not hibernating. Thus, they are dying out of hunger and no food :-(.

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    1. So sorry to hear about the bees! I didn't realize - what a sad situation. I hope you have blooms soon!

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  40. Bee u ti ful! You are the good kind of sore and scratched up.

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    1. Yes - if it was from anything else, I would be complaining!

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  41. well it sounds as if there is one very happy gardener aswell. Those iris in the first photograph are so beautiful and your garden looks great and so lush already.

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    1. Everything is leafing out nicely. It's wonderful to finally look out and not see too many bare patches!

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  42. You have really captured spring in a nutshell.

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    1. Yes, I forget from year to year what it feels like - the agony and the ecstasy!

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  43. Sounds like spring all right -- a lot of work but it's wonderful!!

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    1. That's the gardener's description of spring in one sentence! Work, but wonderful!

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