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Friday, May 31, 2013

Whats up?

This morning when I looked outside I was almost blindsided by something...
The sun!
It's been rainy and drizzly for about a week and a half but seems like FOREVER!
Not only is spring happening outside but here inside the house things are unfurling too...
 my lovely 'mother fern' is growing like a weed..
 ...her fiddle heads are little works of art...
 ...slowly unwinding the winter blues...
 As I stepped through the gates into the garden, I spotted this slithery fellow...
Some people are afraid of snakes but not me...these ones, garter snakes,
are totally harmless. In fact they're really good for your garden since they eat a lot of pests.
Just look at the smile on his face! He's as happy as me to see the sun and feel the warmth on his skin!
 A friend of mine gave me this wicker bench years ago and since
it's decayed too much for sitting in, I couldn't bare to throw it out
so I turned into a 'green bench'...
 Succulents and creeping woolly time growing amongst the moss...
 Earlier in the spring, my sisters oldest girl helped me plant
a memorial garden for her mom...we planted 2 roses; one for
my sister and one for my Aunt who died at Christmas time.
We also planted a bunch of Asiatic lilies (which my sister loved)
 She loved to feed crows and jays so I moved this rusty cut out into her garden...
 My aunt gave me this rose quartz heart after Tracy died so I put it at the base of the rose...
 In other spots, my New Zealand flax has a giant flower bud on it.
It's the first time since I planted it about 6 years ago that I've ever seen a bud
so I'm excited to see what it will look like...
 And the poppies!!!
 How gorgeous are these imitators of crepe paper and ruffly feather hats!!
 The beekeeper was up today checking on the hives and trying to prevent
4 swarm cells from taking off!
Him and his helper had to work really fast to create some new empty hives and
so far so good...they seemed to have settled down by the early afternoon...
 Besides the bees being active, I noticed quite a few butterflies around...
 they love the phlox!

Anyway that's what's happening in my world...how's your garden growing?




 


8 comments:

Meggs said...

Gosh, your garden is so magical! I adore the scaly little snake, and the green bench. Just lovely. Am hoping with all my might the sun sticks around tomorrow; fingers crossed!

M.

Nancy Kay said...

The fern...I have not seen anything like that. How interesting! You made great work of that wicker bench. Wow. I think it's really impressive. Snakes...well, I'm not so fond of them, but this little guy seems to know you appreciate that he's doing his work. Oh my, you have a wonderful garden!!!

Mairéad said...

Your garden is beautiful. Love the butterflies.

Foxglove Lane said...

Bring it on Kerri, your garden is wonderful and I'm a bit envious this morning........great photos too:~))

farmlady said...

Oh, these photos are all so wonderful. Your photography is just amazing.
Love the memory garden for your sister. Having your niece help is so meaningful and sweet. She will always remember doing that together
.
I LOVE THAT BENCH. What a great idea.
LOVE the snake and the fern.
Love it all.

Melody said...

I used to be TERRIFED of ferns unfurling as a kid... they reminded me of little hands reaching for me! I'm better now, and can appreciate their beauty!
Your pictures come out gorgeous!! Can I be rude and ask what kind of camera you use?
Your gardens looks fabulous!
The poppy looks like it's made from tissue paper! A very nice thing to have a memory garden for your sister...
I have my father's bowling ball in my garden... it always gives me a smile/chuckle... He liked to bowl, and he was bald, so it sort of looks like him if you squint! :))
My goodness look how much you can type in this little box!

Mary said...

I love snakes, and this one definitely has a smile on his face. :) He's probably as glad that summer is almost here as we humans.

The garden is lovely. I love the poppies. Very festive, and you're correct. They look like large vintage hats. Perhaps the Queen would wear one to the races?? :D

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