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Garden in Winter

In a way, winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.   -Edna O’Brien

With the drenching rain that blessed us there was no need to water so Bob and I have not been in our garden in the last week. Gracie has been out many times but since she only speaks dog language we didn’t know the changes that had taken place. This morning I decided to do a winter photo update of the garden so Bob and I went out and WOW there is new life!  I admit to being easily wowed by nature so this is my disclaimer if you wonder how I could be wowed by what I asked Bob to shoot.

Years ago when my dear friend Brenda and I got into gardening we quickly became bedazzled by all the possibilities.  We took on gardening with a fervor that made her husband Steve roll his eyes and Bob shake his head. Thankfully, each of us had been married long enough for our unbridled enthusiasm over our new hobby not to shock either husband. Our lack of experience did not deter us from buying flowers in abundance. I remember one sunny early spring day when Bob took off from work and drove Brenda and me to Farmers Market during our lunch hour. We loaded our car with delicate and beautiful blooming flowers. What a disappointment it was when the blast of summer heat hit and killed just about every plant. We bought rose bushes like they were about to become extinct and tended them with great care. When spring came we rushed to the gardens each morning with the excitement of a child at Christmas to see the gifts of new blooms. During the early years we worried about late freezes, bugs, diseases, severe heat and other unexpected surprises from Mother Nature. Fast forward to the present and our gardens have only plants and shrubs that are resilient and can take whatever Mother Nature brings. We could have saved a lot of money if we would have started with hardy plants but the years filled with many funny, delightful and sometimes distressing experiences are invaluable to me. Thank you Brenda, Steve and Bob for the wonderful memories.

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Magnolia #

    Just another example of why I call your garden “Magic”…:)

    February 6, 2012
  2. Bob #

    It was an exciting moment when we saw the new blooms peeking out from the dead leaves that have been falling for several weeks with almost two months of Winter left before Spring officially starts.

    February 6, 2012
  3. Claudia #

    Wow! Blooms already? If yo see our Facebook page, you’ll see what we have in our “garden”. Actually, we’re looking at building another raised bed in the back – more for vegetables than flowers. Since I redid the front bed I’ll need to find some of those “hardy” plants to fill in. So far, I have only a small fir tree (Christmas tree I bought for Christmas 2010) and a very spindly plant that I can’t remember what it looks like. Don wants to plant a plum tree, I think. I had some bulbs I dug out and thought I’d replant, but ended up throwing them away. Still time to consider what I want.

    February 4, 2012
    • Claudia,
      It doesn’t look like spring in our garden but I was surprised at the number of blooms. As you remember, Texas temps can take a nosedive so I am prepared to wrap the blooms in frost blanket. Your snow pictures were mesmerizing so I’m glad you told me about your garden. Looking forward to seeing photos of your garden this summer.

      February 5, 2012
  4. Judy Moreland #

    Oh, my! What a breath of springtime! The pictures just make me sigh with delight! I guess I will be planting in another place this year, but I will watch flowers grow wherever I am! Love you! J

    February 2, 2012
  5. Brenda Bates #

    Oh my yes – I remember getting those rose magazines in the mail at work and we’d run to each other’s desks and plot and plan our next purchases. What WERE we thinking? I guess the same could be said for our adventures in scrapbooking. 🙂

    February 2, 2012
    • We surely did our part to keep those rose growers in business. I don’t know how we got so many rose bushes in two small gardens. Remember how we squeezed them together because they were small and we were shocked when they grew into monsters? It makes me laugh really hard remembering. You had one rose bush that just about took over your house and I was worried for your dogs’ safety – they could have gotten swallowed up by it. Please don’t get me started about our scrapbooking… really!

      February 2, 2012
  6. Mille Fennig #

    I just came from Lowe’s where I purchased several tired and thirsty looking plants in the dollar section. They all seemed to scream at me to save them and I will try so I chuckled when you mentioned buying hardy plants to begin with. Loved your post…

    February 2, 2012
    • Oh Mille, how well I remember the screaming plants! It is a triumphant feeling when they live. Thanks for the reminder.

      February 2, 2012
  7. Bob #

    A delightful post Linda – Well done!

    February 2, 2012

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