Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Gardener, Amateur/freelance Photographer, & Fisherwoman. Loves nature & likes to share through pics and words.
By: lilwoof, 10:13 AM GMT on May 28, 2013
Hello to you on this fine Tuesday... post Memorial Day weekend. I hope all had a wonderful time with family and friends and were able to join in on the festive activities within many communities in remembrance of those who have and are fighting for our Freedom here in the U.S.A.
It is back to the grindstone of the weekly hustle and bustle. Weather in my area will be rain/ thunderstorms with above average temperatures for today. I am so ready for a bit of rain as I took two of the three days over the holiday weekend to work outside in my beloved flower-beds. Although I still have two more to work in and several to discontinue and/or move, my annual labor shows and gives me the inner peace I so desire in my life. It also gives me the satisfaction of nurturing something and watching it flourish at the expense of my time and efforts.
During 2013,I anticipate the maturity of many new plants, given to my by a dear friend Samantha, as well as the continued beauty of plants I have had for over 13 years.
My interest in gardening began when we purchased our 10 acres in the fall of 1998. The following fall my sister Sharon graciously gave me some of her orange Day-lilies, Iris, Hosta and Lily of the Valley. I planted them and the addiction took hold almost immediately. I did not even need to see the plants growing the next spring, Just digging in the dirt sparked something inside me and I had to dig more and plant more. I became a planting fool and began purchasing every type of tulip bulb I could get my hands on, trying to recapture the joys of my Mother's tulips that graced our front yard when I was a child only to find out that the squirrels in the woods were a bit more excited about the smorgasbord I had planted then I was. Yes they dug each and everyone of those bulbs up and I never saw them again. I take that back, I did see one red tulip along the wood-line for two springs after that and I figured it was one that was stashed as a snack during the winter months. The third spring came and it had been remembered. GONE! Believe me I can look back on that time of trial and error and laugh, but at the time I wanted to just throw in the trowel and say "Forget This!
In the beginning, gardening will have many challenges and mistakes that will be made along the way, but that is all part of the learning curve with gardening. It is a hands on learning experience. Sure you can have many of the gardening books specified for different types of gardening techniques, gardening plans and scientific ways to prepare soil for different types of plants, but I have found that my yard is unique and if I stick to what is native to my area, soil type and growing season, it is all good and my chances of being a successful gardener are almost a given.
So if you have never gardened before, you are unable to work, are a empty-Nester, desire to get in touch with nature and her beauty or just learn something new, and rewarding out your surroundings, try it. You will be not only surprised at the outcome, but you may just learn something about yourself you never knew.
"Happy Gardening" (weather permitting). ;)
P.S. Thank you Sharon for getting me interested in gardening. xoxoxox
Updated: 10:29 AM GMT on May 28, 2013
By: lilwoof, 6:28 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
As this Memorial Day weekend begins. I would like to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful and safe holiday. Remembering the men and women that have died, served and who are currently serving in our Military is an important annual event. If it were not for ALL of these brave men and women I would not be able to photograph things I find beauty in and have the ability to share them here on Weather Underground. I also would not have the ability and pleasure of making this blog entry.
I personally want to thank each and everyone of you.
I have been given a reminder of the beauty that nature holds so close to me each and everyday of my life. Over the years I have neglected to drive the 25 miles it takes to get to the shores of Lake Michigan from my home. The beauty that she beholds is truly magnificent and many take this for granted, I being one. I vowed to return to her shores during 2013 at various locations to photograph her beauty as I see it. The photographs I have posted today May 25th are just the beginning of that vow to make these visits a reality.
The daffodil photos I also posted today, represent the beauty of nature that is right outside of my front door. We all have this beauty available to us on a daily basis no matter where we are. Some of us see it and others do not. Our work schedules, raising our children and just living our lives way too fast become obstacles to us and result in a blind eye to that beauty.
So during this Memorial Day weekend. As you remember the men and women who have served our country, please also remember to take the time to see the beauty of nature that is around you and be thankful. It does not matter where you are. The beauty IS there. You just need to take the time to see it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.