Funny Little White Flowers

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Garden Thoughts | 4 comments

Rain drops on a lily

Rain drops on a lily

18May2016Today is the 5th of May. Yesterday was Star Wars day and Sunday shall be Mother’s Day. We are now nearly two months into spring and today, for the first time since March 21st, I feel as if I can completely relax and stop worrying about unexpected cold and snow. Just a week ago, we had another storm that left its mark on all the emerging growth. The tulips were once again flattened as were the alliums but worse yet the fritillarias. I would love one season where these bulbs of the lily family were left unaffected. So it brings me to the inspiration behind the title of this post.

The peony in the cobalt blue pot (one of my favorites). As you can see, it came through all the storms just fine. Now, to determine if I need to put a cage in their to stabilize the blooms.... assuming I get any blooms of course!

The peony in the cobalt blue pot (one of my favorites). As you can see, it came through all the storms just fine. Now, to determine if I need to put a cage in their to stabilize the blooms…. assuming I get any blooms of course!

Three weeks ago, we were bracing for a major spring storm that promised blizzard like conditions and a LOT (feet) of snow. It would start off as rain and then change to snow and though I was secretly praying for just a little accumulation, Jack Frost had other ideas. I went to Home Depot to get some items which I thought would protect the plants. This project consisted of some six foot bamboo stakes, heavy duty clips and some fabric (or what I thought was going to be fabric but actually turned out to be some sort of nasty plastic material). I got it home and got to work at around 5:00 p.m. The winds were picking up, the azure blue was quickly being replaced by foreboding gray and hints of moisture fell from the sky. I was working against the wind to try and create tents of sorts around the alliums and other plants. I wrapped some of the plastic around my cobalt blue planter that is home to my peony emerging from its winter nap. Now for the fritillaria. They are against the right fence so I took some slats and leaned them against the fence clipping some of the plastic and this actually created a nice barrier I must say. I then proceeded to take some buckets and turn them upside down over some other plants (viola odorata and other emerging plants I did not want to get crushed by the pending snow) and overall I looked at my work and thought, okay, this just may work.

My Beautiful Spring Garden from the Kitchen Window

My Beautiful Spring Garden from the Kitchen Window

Let me tell you about spring snow in case you live somewhere that prevents you from the experience. Each flake that is hurled from the sky is laden with five gallons of water. This of course is hyperbole but you get the point. Heavy, wet, spring snow made quick work of my little plastic make shift tents and soon with the weight of the snow, they slid down their bamboo supports leaving me to imagine what they were doing to the bulbs and emerging plants underneath. I decided to free my mind of worry as there was nothing I could do until the storm passed which on the by and by took over three days. When all was said and done, there was indeed about two feet of snow on the ground and it was on a Sunday I took this photo of what I dubbed ‘my beautiful spring garden’ from the kitchen window. The snow was blowing hard and as you can see in the image to the right, it created a beautiful water droplet effect. I posted this photo on Facebook and the following conversation ensued:

Friend: “The flowers are so colorful.”

Me: “Aren’t they though! 🙂 Gotta love those white ones in particular…. they are very prolific this year.

Friend: “Yes, the white ones are stunning.

Me: Soon, before you know it, they will simply melt away into the landscape… disappearing almost as quickly as they arrived. But, for now, I shall enjoy them in all their bounty.

Hence the inspiration for this post’s title.

Now, let me say this. The snows have come and gone and today is actually May 18th! I have been working on this post for nigh on four weeks. Perhaps — and I have used this excuse in the past I know — it is because the garden beckons constantly. Take this moment in time for example. I vowed to used my lunch hour to work on this post with the hopes of completing it or at worst nearly so. So, I ate my left over pizza, had some tea and then looked out at the garden. Oops. I should not have done that. this grass is growing too high at the edge of the patio. I best get out the trimmer and trim it and perhaps work on the grass coming up around the paving stones as well. Thankfully (if that is how I should view it) the line for the weed eater came to an end and subsequently so did my grass trimming adventure. “Look at these dandelions near the steps!” “And the dried up debris in the herb bed?” Started cleaning those. On my way back from depositing dandelions and debris into my trash bag, I noticed my laptop looking lonely as if to say “Hey, you promised ME some quality time.” “Yes, I did. I am sorry.” I sat down and started to type.

I have so much to share and as I look up and view the beauty I have created I am at peace in my own personal heaven. So many things are coming up! First, I moved my bellis perennis (lawn daisies) and they are prolific! The Barbra Streisand rose is leafing out nicely! The lilies are coming up! The Flanders poppy seedlings are growing at a pace! Viola seedlings are abound and those I put out at the end of last season are coming back in full glory!

I could go on but if I do, I will never finish this post. So, for now, I shall say goodbye for now and until next time, happy gardening and many blessings to all who read this.

In my next episode, I will focus on reiterating some entries I created in my on line garden journal including some more detail on the Bellis Perennis project!

Thank you for reading.

Humbly, Benny

And now some photos of what is blooming now:

Wall Flowers. I am so happy these came up in beautiful masses this year. There is orange everywhere!

Wall Flowers. I am so happy these came up in beautiful masses this year. There is orange everywhere!

Tulip blooming in the side garden near the right fence. Gorgeous red!

Tulip blooming in the side garden near the right fence. Gorgeous red!

This is a bit of a fun photo. This is a macro shot of a little light globe  that is staked in one of the larger pots under my pergola

This is a bit of a fun photo. This is a macro shot of a little light globe that is staked in one of the larger pots under my pergola

One of my favorite flowers! The humble yet glorious forget-me-not. I love this flower and they are coming up nicely here and there all over the garden.

One of my favorite flowers! The humble yet glorious forget-me-not. I love this flower and they are coming up nicely here and there all over the garden.

Faded daffodil bloom. I believe there is beauty even in death and this to me is just beautiful.

Faded daffodil bloom. I believe there is beauty even in death and this to me is just beautiful.

Emerging Penstemon. I could not resist taking this photo. The way the leaves are contorted as they emerge created an amazing design.

Emerging Penstemon. I could not resist taking this photo. The way the leaves are contorted as they emerge created an amazing design.

Emerging Bee Balm. This plant is also coming up everywhere. Welcome hummingbirds!

Emerging Bee Balm. This plant is also coming up everywhere. Welcome hummingbirds!

Dried Leaf. I wanted to snap this before it fell victim to my clean up efforts.

Dried Leaf. I wanted to snap this before it fell victim to my clean up efforts.

Talavera Day of the Dead Pot. This is just a fun photo I wanted to include. I bought this from my local nursery and it was the only one of its kind. Many folks passing by complimented this as I was shopping. Gorgeous pot!

Talavera Day of the Dead Pot. This is just a fun photo I wanted to include. I bought this from my local nursery and it was the only one of its kind. Many folks passing by complimented this as I was shopping. Gorgeous pot!

Side profile of daffodil petals. I love the artistic nature of this photo.

Side profile of daffodil petals. I love the artistic nature of this photo.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Benny!! I can’t believe snow in April – ugh! It must take a real effort to see past all the set-backs and keep on going. I will not complain any more about the windy days here in Arizona – though it has been awful this year. And I hear from friends in Texas that last year they were sizzling up and this year they are drowning – their horses are standing fetlock deep in water. Ah well – it keeps life interesting!! Love your flowers!! I am off to Tucson this Saturuday to get more…..

  2. What an enjoyable read. I’m smiling as I visualize You caring so gently for every emerging gift from the earth. I too am in the midst of watching the daily changes nature brings to my seeking eyes. The smells and colors, I am most at peace in this sacred place called Hope.

  3. Hi there Gloria! 🙂

    Thank you so kindly for reading and also for commenting. I am just so in love with this time of year… the growing season. Every day is miraculous and something else emerges from the ground. It is a blessing to be able to make something out of a bit of earth.

    Blessings,
    Benny

  4. Hi there Eve!

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Snow sometimes even in May. 🙂 We just have to role with it though as one cannot change the weather. Well, you can but that’s another story for another day. Man’s efforts to do such a thing ended badly. I have a friend in Houston and he said the rain is pretty bad so I shall never complain about the relatively mild weather we have here. Glad you love the flowers. I am rather partial to them as well. Which nursery in Tucson are you going to? If Rillito, please tell Beth I said hi.

    Blessings,
    Benny

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