That's the song I am singing these days...
Setting up daily mixers in the front garden.
But why you ask?
Because the roses, the roses...
The roses have exploded over the rose arbor.
And so, I am doing everything outside.
I am more than obsessed with the rose magic.
I stand and stare...
I water and swoon, and peek around.
I hide out right inside, dreaming up this and that.
I am always in awe of nature.
In love with climbing tufts of white.
Just in love I tell ya.
Front garden love!
All that toiling and hard work for years has paid off.
I can't believe it?
This will be the first year that I don't break my back in the front garden.
I only have to plant the veggie garden for the season, out back, which is almost done.
The front is all planted and there is little garden real estate left.
Now I can watch everyone continue to grow and thrive.
I hide inside the arbor several times a day...
Where, when you are inside, you see two tiny vintage birdhouses tucked in the roses.
Then, I wait.
I wait for that afternoon sun to cast a hazy glow.
I am probably spending too much time out there.
I have to absorb them as much as I can, as those climbers only bloom once a year.
(is there any way to get them to bloom more than once?)
I light candles, and make events out of things, just to be out there with the arbor.
How I LOVE this glorious time of year.
Sprouts are cage covered here and there, as the rabbits are naughty.
It's all happening, hooray!
If you have a rose arbor, then you know how enchanting it is to just hop inside and hide out.
And, if you don't have one...
Well then, you can.
I planted my two climbing roses on the east side of the arbor (and one pink on the west side) in 2011.
And you know what they say.
First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year??
And my oh my, they do.
You can see the year I planted the the climbing roses here in 2011, and how well zinnias, marigolds, cosmos and dahlias do in this desert garden. I highly recommend those seeds if you want flowers that do not disappoint, and last through fall. And remember, the more you prune, the more flowers you get.
As for now...
Sooooo many more new roses every day.
So, what else is there to do?
But sing a little....
"You put the lime in the coconut..."
And have a perpetual spring cocktail hour.
Well into the evening.
Yep, that is where you shall find us.
Trying to drink in the magic of early spring.
Isn't this time of year just so welcome and glorious???
I love seeing all the little sprouts breaking through the ground.
Self seeders coming back year after year.
Wildflower seeds I tossed about in November are mid-size plants now.
I wait for poppies and sweet williams, as they are about to bloom.
I can't wait.
I can't wait.
Little inspires me like flowers and warmth in the garden.
I am in love.
It's soooo nice to be in the sun and breeze and petals on the wind.
What's happenining in your spring world?
Happy April by the way ;-)
See ya sooooon!