Loveliest greetings from my mad little world.
So many tales to tell, so busy I have been, running back and forth into town, to and fro. Lovely weather, marvelous visits. Catching up on oh so much. And still, so much to do. Isn't that always the case?
Come with me into my garden, and let's chat, shall we?
Things are getting squeal worthy exciting in my garden these days.
I went out of my way in autumn to plant all sorts of bulbs and tubers.
A few different types of ranunculus, freesia and more.
I also scattered multitudes of seeds, and planted a few bulbs that had already gotten a head start in a greenhouse.
And now, the magic begins...
It isn't always easy to do something 4 or 5 months ahead of time, and then sit and wait for results. Like plan your next year's garden and do some planting. The waiting can be so daunting, that sometimes we are moved to not try anything at all.
But, after the beautiful results last year in the garden, I really was inspired to begin early, and be extra patient.
I have been working on so many paintings and dolls. Some paintings I even started last year at this very time. I used to be someone who whipped out a painting in one afternoon. But now, I get so immersed in each piece, and in the details, that I can be so slow. Slower than I ever could have imagined I would become. It is so unlike me in so many ways.
Or maybe, this is the new me, who knows?
Then again, I have my hands in so many pots.
It is so hard to be your own boss.
And then of course, I am so good at making myself feel guilty, it isn't funny.
But my sanity, my refuel, is truly in the fresh air watching things grow and working hard.
Putting my heart into it.
Feeling like in some way, I am helping the earth.
Somehow, even if by only a tiny smidgen, I am writing love notes to mother nature through my garden...
There are blooms on the apricot tree.
That beautiful scent of warm milk and sugar emanating from the blossoms.
That scent will always remind me of this time, this place...
There is also alyssum everywhere I turn.
It must have self seeded last year.
I love when birds and winds help carry seeds all around.
It has been beautiful and in bloom all winter. Crawling down the paths, up the rose bushes. Overflowing out of built in planters...
I went into town so many times this week.
I also went into too many antique stores and brought home too many treasures.
I had not been out shopping in ages.
I was being so good.
Alas, when the heart stirs and the treasures call my name - I go out to find them. And almost always, the treasure I dreamt of the night before, is sitting there in an antique store, waiting for me. Almost like it put a phone call into me the night before. It is so weird. And, happens all the time. Weird weird weird.
We had a little cool snap for a day - which totally made my neighbor and I wacko because...
After too much shopping and too many errands, we spied a puppy sign.
And of course.
I had to call.
As you can imagine - there were 9 beautiful half full boxer, half unknown pups (I think lab really), plump and happy and gorgeous beyond words romping around.
We most certainly had to have some.
How could we not?
I told my neighbor that her life would be totally incomplete without puppies.
She doesn't fall for that too much anymore, mostly because I tell her this everytime we find something wonderful that I think she should take home.
She is Harley's mama, the big rotti.
Alas, the puppies won her over on their own.
So, to fill my puppy void, she adopted two.
Her boy Harley accepted them right away.
Just like Matty did with Miles.
I think puppies just don't pose a threat sometimes. Is that it?
Anyhow, I have been at her house ever since.
She even let me help her name them.
On the left, Jaxon - Jax.
On the right, Annabelle.
I am their fairy godmother.
They have white paws in back, white on their chinny chin chins, and white chests.
There are 7 more.
I took Mister Lovee over to our neighbors' to play with them, and see if he thought we needed a few.
I am still working on that one ;)
For now, we have seeds grown all big into beautiful arroyo lupines...
So very pretty, with more to come all over the yard. I got the wildflower seeds that the arroyo lupine were in, in late summer/early fall online at American Meadows. I think that is where I got some of my bulbs and tubers too. I also love (great success) the tubers from White Flower Farm.
My calendula officionalis (below) reseeded itself like mad this winter, and now the large flowers are popping up just everywhere. In unexpected places.
This is what I adore and was hoping for, for years and years...
That point where your garden is full of flowers and seeds, and they spread themselves about. I just love petal surprises!
I am so eager to see what comes with warmer weather. But also, I want to savor this winter season in full. Such a conundrum!
I'll be crying in summer when the air is so hot it singes your body.
I just can't believe it is Wednesday.
In my mind it is Monday.
I feel too guilty to cut the ranunculus for vases right now...
But, when some of my others start blooming too, I won't be able to resist. There are about 12 other plants right about to explode. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks.
And the hundreds, more like thousands, of poppy seeds I sprinkled in November are getting to be pretty hearty plants.
But for now, it's all about ranunculus...
Those tender specimens that inspire me so.
I know flowers can be so boooooooore-ing sometimes.
But, I just had to share.
Now, I need to somehow straighten out my upside down and inside out week of madness.
How the heck are youuuu????
I hope perfectly lovely.
Do you have any wonderful stories to tell me?
Let's see, do I have any??????
Let me think.
Tell me one, and you might jog my memory....?