Reveling in Spring!

Wild dogwood tree in our back yard

Wild dogwood tree in our back yard

It’s planting time!

Wild birdsfoot violets in the front yard

Wild birdsfoot violets in the front yard

I haven’t had a garden the past couple of years, and this year the urge is irresistible.  I’m starting with a micro garden in Earth Boxes.  Later I’ll get the raised beds cleaned up, reinstall the irrigation system, and plant them, too.

I also got pink caladiums and pink and white oriental lilies planted in a 3′ x 3′ planter.  Almost everything I plant has to be in raised beds as our ground is solid clay and white quartz rocks.

The trip to Coleman Lake tamed the cabin fever monster, so now we are back to our original travel plan for this year.  Camp within an hour of home for a week once a month and get all of our bills except the mortgage paid off in October!

Wild Stars of Bethlehem after an encounter with the lawn mower

Wild Stars of Bethlehem after an encounter with the lawn mower

We are planning to meet up with friend Peggy for 3 days in late April at a state park in NE Georgia.

I’m planning to get the Casita washed and shined next week as Peggy has never seen it.  🙂

I have lots more planting to do.  The seeds I started a few weeks ago should be ready to go into the ground next week.

This is the most heady, glorious season of the year!

Wild crabapple blossom

Wild crabapple blossom

Dianthus in Earth Box by the back door

Dianthus in Earth Box by the back door

Earth Boxes with radicchio, peppers and patio tomatoes. I have a total of 10 Earth Boxes.

Earth Boxes with radicchio, peppers and patio tomatoes. I have a total of 10 Earth Boxes.

I planted pink and purple impatiens around the hosta pot.

I planted pink and purple impatiens around the hosta pot.




This poor hosta has been in the same big pot for several years, and faithfully comes back each spring.  Maybe this fall I'll remember to divide it.  :)

This poor hosta has been in the same big pot for several years, and faithfully comes back each spring. Maybe this fall I’ll remember to divide it. 🙂


The square foot gardens-to-be

The square foot gardens-to-be




  1. bonnie

     /  April 12, 2014

    I just love your pictures………….oooo seeing those lovely flowers in spring time. You’ve got even more excited now, weather is getting better but know blooms of any sort yet. It should happen really fast now. Love the coat on your black ‘beauty’ dog…….so sleek. Again thanks for sharing………..good eye with that camera.

    • Bonnie, it’s so exciting! Glad your weather is getting better…. spring really is on the way for you!

      Yes, Sheba’s coat is really shiny now. Our favorite neighbor came by to play with her today and she was in doggie heaven because the neighbor chases and plays hide and seek with her. 🙂

  2. bonnie

     /  April 12, 2014

    PS. what are you doing under all that hay? Is it to keep the ground clear during winter?

    • Bonnie, I started doing that because when we cover the beds with hay, the ground is just teeming with earthworms in the spring. It also helps keep the weeds down. We’ll rake it off and throw it in the compost pile, but some will have deteriorated and enriched the soil.

  3. Instant vermiculture! ;->

  4. cozybegone

     /  April 12, 2014

    Oh I miss gardening…to eat off your land, nothing better!

    • Carla, one of the most satisfying things in life is to go out to the garden, pick ripe veggies, then go inside and fix them for dinner. I have missed that!

      You can get close to the same feeling on the road by hitting the farmers’ markets! 🙂

  5. EmilyO

     /  April 12, 2014

    Beware summer is coming, think we are there already! I like the raised bed idea as I have gravel, another layer of gravel and probably a couple of more with some boulders thrown in. Hmm, getting kind of late for me but can work on it for next year. Thanks for the idea.

    • I hope summer takes its sweet time getting here. Spring and fall are my favorite times of the year. I endure summer and winter.

      Today, I think it got up to 80. But there was a nice breeze and it didn’t feel uncomfortable to me. The ten-day forecast shows a lot of days in the 70’s so I want to enjoy them to the fullest!

      Raised beds are wonderful anywhere you have difficult ground. They do tend to dry out faster, though.

  6. Great pictures! I love gardens (when someone else is doing all the work!)

    • Ron fills the planters with potting soil and compost and does all the heavy lifting, so I just get to play in the dirt! 😀

  7. I can feel you excitement. I have flowers on my porch and I am so tempted to put something in pot that I have in the back yard but It’s hard to keep them alive with the heat and I feel awful using so much water since we haven’t had any rain. Winter monsoons never happened and the summer one didn’t do much. But I will come by here and enjoy yours.

    • Oh, Jo. It’s so sad when you don’t get sufficient rain. Hope there are beautiful flowers waiting for you in the mountains this summer.

  8. Photos are beautiful ! Springtime and it’s so necessary to have our hands in dirt and see flowers! Enjoy!

    • So glad you enjoyed the photos! There is something so soul-satisfying about digging in the dirt and planting. And flowers! It’s amazing what amazing medicine for the soul they are after a long winter. They speak to me of beauty, wonder and hope.

  9. Sharon I tried to copy a link to Edifice Rex she found some mushrooms, morels. I thought you might love to see then. but the link didn’t look right so I deleted it.

  10. Marcia GB in MA

     /  April 13, 2014

    All is looking well. I’m excited for you to get out there, dig in the earth and see the fruits of your labor gradually unfolding. We are a little behind up north here but our time is coming soon.

    • We are so excited, Marcia and it does feel so good. There is justice, though. When we are sweltering in 100 degree temperatures this summer with 100% humidity, it should be nicer up there. 🙂

  11. Marcia GB in MA

     /  April 13, 2014

    We seem to have a couple of those days every summer, thankfully not as many as you have 😉

  12. I bet the flowers/plants in your yard are just gorgeous!!! Our azaleas are blooming their heads off. Isn’t it just wonderful to see spring finally arrive!!!!!! Enjoy your planting and gardening. 🙂

    • Ah… azaleas. We had them where we lived before, but not here. I’m putting them on my list!

      I can’t believe how HAPPY spring makes me! It really is a time for coming alive again!

  13. So glad you are HAPPY! This is my very favorite time of year…still enjoy seeing everything shoot up and thrive. And our grass seeds have turned into a nice stand of grass in the front yard.
    I think your plan sounds great! We will also need to get out of here occasionally to survive the downsizing work.

    Have fun playing in the yard!

    • Am taking a break from playing in the yard due to rain. And tomorrow night it’s predicted to go down to 31! Will try to keep the new plants from freezing. But if they do, I knew it was risky planting so soon. But the fun was worth it! 🙂

  14. Horst

     /  April 14, 2014

    GREAT looking garden….looking out at that awesome landscape is a super way to start a morning…thanks for sharing…Yup, one last bit of winter is here….today, hail, rain and a drop in temps for tonight close to freezing….hope yours is better,,,,Horst sends

    • I guess we are both getting one last winter onslaught. We have a high wind advisory along with the freezing temperature predicted for tomorrow night. At least we didn’t get hail.

      Hang in there! 🙂

  15. Is an Earth Box a specific thing, or just what you call your bedding boxes? Many of the blogs I follow are finally posting Spring is Here photos. Finally! So good to see.

    • Judy, Earth Box is a brand name for large, self-watering containers. Mine are two of the older styles that I’ve had for 15 years. They are great for growing any vegetable that can grow in pots. Also for herbs. That’s how I keep my mint from taking over the garden.

      The first year I had them, I used their method, but after that, just put good potting soil, compost and organic fertilizer in them. I don’t know what their new products are like, but their old ones sure are great.

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