|Sophie's windswept look|
I have managed to clean up two flowerbeds, and get a good start on a few of the others. Daffodils are budding and other bulbs are emerging, and I thought it would be nice if when they bloom, they would actually be visible to everyone instead of hiding behind coneflower stems and seedheads.
|It's hard to appreciate these little crocuses when the view is obstructed.|
|Ahhh, much better. Now it just has to contend with tulip foliage:)|
I think the bulbs appreciated, too, not having to fight their way through a thick layer of oak and sycamore leaves as well--just where is that sycamore tree whose leaves always land in my garden anyway?? I also started my first indoor seeds today: they're resting comfortably on a heat mat, and once they sprout, others will be started and get a little babying before being put under the grow lights. As tempting as it is to start seeds earlier, I've learned the hard way that mid-late March is soon enough.
|First Hellebore blooms--more were hiding under the leaves.|
The third rule of the award to list seven random things about yourself. I feel as though I've shared much about myself in the past few years, but in case you're a new reader, here are a few personal details about myself:
1. I often refer to my husband as Mr. P, which stands for Mr. Procrastinator. However, in all fairness, I have to call myself Mrs. Procrastinator. That is why it has taken me over a month and a half to write this post and respond to this award:)
2. I'm an incurable clock-watcher and "to-do" list maker. I thought I'd cured myself when I retired, but I still find myself being ruled by the clock far too often. As an example, if I have an appointment or meeting in two hours, I'll think "there's not enough time to vacuum and do laundry; I might as well as sit and read blogs for awhile":)
3. I'm addicted to shows like "American Idol," "The Voice," and "The X-Factor," which means I waste far too much time in front of the tube in the evening. But I can't stand most reality television shows--no "Real Housewives of Wherever" watching here. Now if they produced a show like "Real Gardeners" of Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina, anywhere at all...now that would intrigue me.
4. I'm not an early riser--I enjoy watching a pretty sunrise, but not if it comes before 7 AM.
5. I grew up on a farm; my dad was the third generation to raise corn and soybeans on the land first cultivated by my great-great and great-grandfathers. My mother tended a small flower garden and a huge vegetable garden every year. In other words, I grew up in an environment that was all about growing things. I have no idea why it took nearly 50 years for the gardening gene to kick in for me.
6. I'm becoming overwhelmed with keeping up with social media sites. I enjoy blogging and wish I could spend more time here; I like to get on Facebook occasionally to keep up with family and friends; and I recently joined Pinterest after my daughter introduced me to it. But I don't own a Smart Phone or a laptop, and I can't justify sitting here at my desktop computer for hours and hours just to keep up with them all. As I see people everywhere (sometimes in my own home!) with their eyes glued to a tiny screen, I have this eerie feeling of being in a Ray Bradbury story where no one looks each other in the eye anymore to communicate. Ah well, that's a rant for another day...
7. Finally, I'm a proud mother of four grown children and grandmother to six beautiful grandchildren. That's not a new revelation to anyone who has read this blog for awhile, but of all the roles I've played, this is always the most important one in my life.
The fourth and final rule of this award to pass it on to several other people. But, as much as I am usually a rule-follower, I just can't do this. I know that some people prefer not to accept such awards, and I respect their wishes. As for the rest, I simply can't choose a few of the many blogs I read over others--you all are worthy of an award in my book!
|Bloggers are so good about sharing, too.|