Canada Garden: 02/12

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Running Party

The Springfield birthday party was really a fun run 
with lots of cousins and friends!
And after all that running, there was cake!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's All Right

The first daffodils of the season always make me think of the Beatles' song "Here Comes the Sun".   Was  George Harrison seeing the first daffodil of the season when he wrote that song to "little darling"?

The morning walks of the garden with a cup of coffee are back.  It feels like years :)

And here's a WoNdErFuL version of Here Comes the Sun sung by Nina Simone.  I think it will make you smile.  Good Wednesday.

Thank You

Gorgeous bouquet from my friends Michelle,  Des, & Abby at Petals & Co.   The card that came with them was so sweet:  "Today, think of smiling faces and warm places."  Thank you thank you for thinking of me and sending  the be-u-ti-ful flowers.  I love you!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Rant of My Own

 I love Garden Rant.  I check them out every day.  They've made me laugh, they've made me think.   But today's GR post featuring a creative butcher's  meat-roses included a diss on cut flowers that has me ranting too.  Don't get me wrong.   That bouquet of meat is very clever.  It's just not necessary to disrespect a gift of fresh blooms.

There might be some who would like a bouquet of meat better than a classic dozen roses.  Even so, Mark would probably prefer his steak wrapped in the butcher's paper and ready for the grill. 

Here's my point:  There's nothing like fresh flowers to make my heart sing.  Yes, I know they are flown in from all over the world.  And during the summer, my very favorite blooms are ones growing in my very own back yard.   And I know there's flower abuse that is just plain wrong.  Like the roses that sit for weeks on end at the gas station.  Or the ones delivered in a box and left on a porch to freeze or fry depending on the weather.

But flowers well-tended by growers and wholesalers and florists who know what they are doing?  They make the world a better place. 

Flowers don't last?  That's why they're so special.  They're transient, fleeting.  The  feeling that I got  the moment they arrived?  That feeling lasts.  I'll remember exactly how that gift of flowers made me feel.  Another reason I'm glad they don't last?    I've accumulated enough stuff.    I don't need more stuff.  The beauty of a fresh flower--that I can use in my life.

You know what else won't last?  Those damn meat-roses.

Okay, end of rant.  Look what I got today!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Tulips in the Kitchen

Another picture of my fab new cab from my mom.  It's perfect for a February pot of tulips.
'Course, the window sill is also a perfect spot.  Mark's surgery went well yesterday.  We're hanging out watching Chicago on the new tv.  Today is V's birthday.  She's 74 years young.  To celebrate, we'll have more flowers and lemon cake :)

Sunday, February 05, 2012

February Hyacinth

This little pot of hyacinths has been growing and blooming by the back door over the last couple of weeks.  They had been intended for the kitchen window sill, but the scent was so strong  they had to move outside.  Turns out this is a great place for them.  Every time I go in and out, I get to see them up close with just enough of their sweet smell.  Thank you to my mom and sis for bringing the cool plant stand from Michigan :)
If you get your hyacinths from the grocery store, take off that cheap plastic cover (the florists call them speed covers) and set them in a flower pot that has been sitting around with nothing to do since fall.  Or stop by your local florist and they'll have a great dressed up bulb garden just waiting for your back porch.
The window sill?  A pot of tulips :)  I'll show those to you next.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Kyle is Two!

Our little Kyle-boy is two today:)  We can't wait to see him in a couple of weeks.  That reminds me, we gotta order cake!
Love this picture with JD & Rach & Betsy in the background.  Neither Betsy nor Kyle  seem too confident of this whole idea of a haircut. . . .
So fun to celebrate a second birthday!  The mailman delivered a big mater truck from papa and the flower shop will be ringing the doorbell today with flowers and balloons :) 

And even though we're not there to celebrate with them, the forecast here is sunny & 58 degrees.  And I get to go to the bakery to order cake for the birthday party.  Now that's a good day.