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Friday, 19 April 2019

The Bare Bones of it All

Here I sit on an early evening Friday .. rainy and cold yet again, for an April 19th.
I am hoping like mad that the weather forecast for Sunday will ring true and be at least sunny .. around 14 degrees and if we are lucky perhaps it will climb a wee bit more than that.
I still have some garden cleaning to do .. but green life is poking through, smiling at me in my doubt of Spring truly coming and staying before the" speed of light" exchange to summer.
It looks bare and brown in my garden .. nothing akin to what it looks like fully dressed, as the snazzy party animal I know it can be during the height of said party.
Glaring examples :



What gardener in their right mind would show such vulnerabilities of starkness ?
I AM CANADIAN .. this is what we go through .. I have to tell the truth.
So while other gardeners are celebrating Spring flowers ? I go mad for tiny bits of greenery that have survived or are poking their heads up to make me sigh with relief .. uttering thanks for small miracles.
I have a "Dead Like Me" list (one of my favorite TV series ever!) .. of plants that have joined the other world ... 3 Japanese Maples .. that really has gotten to me because these were supposed to be long lived companions to my garden that I truly loved ... this is going to be hard .. digging them up and saying good bye .. but we have all gone through this ritual, right ?

Other news .. I keep snapping some amazing sunrises by sheer  luck
A fireball caught in the long distance brush  ...
A misty full moon highlighting my maple tree in the back garden ...
Our "Robinator" caught in early morning fog ...
Finally ... the miracle greenery that keeps me going .. dicentra and hellebore that have decided to grace me with their appearance ... thank you ! This will keep me going .. for now !

6 comments:

CiNdEe said...

Thanks for sharing the bare bones. 14 degrees? It was 80+ degrees here today! We were dying of heat stroke. Things are starting to bloom. It is hard to imagine nothing growing and 14 degrees! I thought I was losing my mind here. Ugh! I hope you get some warmer temperatures soon!!!! The good thing is when we are roasting away you will be enjoying spring!(-: kick back and eat a couple chocolate rabbits. You will feel all better!!! Hope you have a happy Easter!!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those last few weeks before plants really start popping are the most anticipated. The greenery can be so slow to show that it makes us crazy. It will happen. It is fun to see the bare bones of your garden. I love those big flagstones in your center walkway. Everything looks ready for action. It won't be long now. Your sun/moon photos are good. It has been so cloudy and rainy here that I didn't get to see this full moon, I could feel it though. Cheers...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

P.S. Do you disconnect the downspout from your water collection tank during winter? I have often wondered if one would have to do that since it would obviously freeze.

Margaret said...

I'm with you, fellow Canadian - the truth will set us free! ...or at least remind us that, as Canadians, this is indeed a normal state of affairs, which certainly makes me feel better. I purchased my first hellebore this year and it's waiting patiently to get planted outside, but there are finally hints of life in the form of crocus and daffodil foliage poking through the ground. Hurray!

Is it just me or does it seem as if our "springs" are getting shorter? I seem to recall a much more gradual transition - but maybe it's just because I didn't have the boatload of spring garden tasks to do back then!

Pat said...

Join the club ! I do have plants starting to shoot up and some I think didn't make it. The clean-up and pollen is killing me...little by little.

Jason said...

Those days when the garden is bare can be very useful for planning. I think you should be proud to be Canadian. My father-in-law was born in Saskatchewan. When things seem especially discouraging this side of the border we sometimes speculate on whether Judy could claim Canadian citizenship.