Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blossom by Blossom

On this damp, chilly day, I am remembering my gardens. My spirit soars as I think about warm spring days, my hands plunged in the dirt, flowers spilling out of plastic flats. 


 It's soothing to know that spring is an unstoppable force. It's on the way. Until planting season arrives, I will look at seed catalogs and make sketches. I will dream about my gardens ... past, present, and future.


























"For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins."
-- Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Atalanta in Calydon (1865)

 Counting the days until flower season arrives in your yard and mine.

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44 comments:

  1. Oh my! You have awakened my Spring Heart - thank you!

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  2. What lovely gardens you have, Michael Lee! You will miss those when you move, but you have the opportunity to create more in your new home. I love the first image with the black swallowtail. Love your containers and your large hydrangea as well. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Beth. Looking forward to the new gardens.

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  3. Gosh....that's pretty!
    Nice pics to help recall a beautiful place.
    Pictures are wonderful for that.
    Drop by. Coffee's on!
    Blessings,
    d

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  4. So gorgeous to see the season spread out in such beauty! Another reason to move to ca, tis the season of flowers ;-)

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  5. Hi Michael Lee! OH, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I want some of that! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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    1. We're expecting another cold snap. I feel like taking a switch and whippin' the tail end of winter. I know you do, too!

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  6. Such gorgeous and inspiring photos! And thank you for posting the beautiful poem at the end.

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  7. You have the prettiest gardens ML. My favorites are your iris and abundance of lavender. Spring will be here soon.
    Sam

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  8. Your gardens are gorgeous! It will be fun to see what you do with the new garden. I've recently seen a new release by Proven Winners... "Lo & Behold Butterfly Bush". It is a low growing Buddleia & looks like something you would love. I"ve order a few! :)

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    1. Oh, thank you for that tip. A low growing butterfly bush is exactly what I need.

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  9. Definitely counting the days. I have a few iris blooming along with cyclamen, camellia, primrose, pansy, viola, and a petunia I've protected. The roses have been pruned, as other things that froze back. Now we expect more severe freezing temps, so I know it's going to be a long stretch before the garden is looking pretty again.

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    1. Can you believe this crazy seesaw of temps?! My mother was just telling me that we may get more snow and ice. Argh. My front yard looks like a war zone. I guess, in a way, it has been through a cold war of sorts!

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  10. Oh how lovely, a true tonic! We are getting another foot of snow tonight, and it feels as if spring will never be here. Thank you for reminding me that it will indeed come.

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    1. Another foot! Sending warm thoughts in your direction!

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  11. Seeing all the colors and green, green, green is making me pray spring is around the next corner!

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  12. Your gardens are beautiful! Still awfully cold here with snow flurries.
    Brenda

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    1. Wishing spring-like weather for you and the furkids.

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  13. I like all the grassy fields and lawns in the background. You photos capture a lot of beauty.

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  14. Oh yes, May spring arrive with all it's glory! Yet another snow is predicted for us through the next 24 hours and all I cam do is dream about my gardens!

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  15. Thank you for the spirit lifter!

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  16. Thank you for the beautiful look back, blossom by blossom! It felt like lamb-like and springy here Tuesday.Today it's blustery and frigid temps return tomorrow.

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    1. It was 60 yesterday; now the temp is falling (36 right now). Quite a contrast! Hope it warms up for you soon!

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  17. Oh my, such pretty Spring pictures, Michael Lee. We are going to have more sleet and ice tonight and it poured all day. Hopefully Spring will make her entrance soon.
    How're you feeling? I hope you're taking it easy and relaxing. xxoo

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    1. I'm resting. Warm weather and sunshine will help! Be careful of the ice!

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  18. Beautiful pictures of such lovely flowers. I have been busy planting some foxgloves, Cosmos's and Santa Barbara Daisy's, plus lettuce seeds, three tomato plants, one cuke and one zucchini plant, They are doing quite well. Have to put some Chicken manure on them so I get really good veggies.
    I hope you are feeling better and the headache and dizziness is gone. Be careful.
    Mary

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    1. No headache, just some dizziness, groping for words, and noise sensitivity. It'll go away. I feel very lucky! Your garden sounds heavenly. I'm very curious how my foxgloves will do this year!

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  19. Michael, what a gorgeous garden and so enjoyed the magnificent photos, especially of the butterflies!...It was 75* here today, but will get back to a low of 21* tomorrow...

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  20. What beautiful gardens! I can't wait till spring....we have loads of landscaping plans! ;)

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  21. Beautiful post, Michael :)

    I can't wait either!

    xo,
    rue

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  22. I am so ready for gardening this year, even in the small scale that I do. I have been standing at the window, nosed pressed again the glass, with spinach seeds in hand just waiting for the snow to melt.

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  23. Lovely post this week on your blog. I could feel spring from your pictures and your words. It makes me want to soar. Thank you.
    JM, IL

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  24. Your flowers are beautiful, spring is right around the corner and I can't wait! Thanks for the reminder.

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