Stepping out my back door of my little 1950's house
onto the old peeling deck
It's been hung with home-made green glass lanterns
made from old florists vases I've hung with twine and sewn beads on
A wooden hanger stained with green
holds peanuts and black sunflower seeds for the blue jays and other birds
Surfaces are messy with pots, for it's gardening time
The wind chimes have become tangled in the fuschia,
which will be busy with hummingbirds soon
Chives grow in a pot for use on the bbq,
and thermometer says the weather is fine!
I remember days gone by... when we had a dress up party
and it was hung with sari silks
and as night fell, we lit the many latterns
and laughed and played in the garden till late at night...
Oh.. I have to interrupt the present, and show some past.
We all dressed in silks and sparkly things and we feasted
There was belly dancing and pot luck food and many friends.
I miss the parties we used to have here
but it's too much to socialize like that for me now.
However the jewels in the garden are just as bright
in the blossoms of all the flowers growing there.
Let's get back to that tour of the garden
and the present day.
So then I stepped off my deck this morning
camera in hand, and proceeded to take a wander
through the garden, through the lens...
I can snap the back left half of the garden.
Where we've landscaped a little peninsula garden bed
which features the pink dogwood tree.
I could spend hours just gazing at it's vibrant blossoms
the contrast of warm pinks against the bright azure blue sky
is mesmerizing to me...
Then on the right hand side of the back garden, we have a large shed
with a concrete pad... and in front of it we've created a garden bed
Mostly a rose garden, though the tulips are busy there now.
it's been trimmed recently and seems happy
as it's started to bloom
the branches are being weighted down so they will grow outwards.
and all the other roses coming into bloom...
and the apple tree one day being big and covered in blossoms
and the fruit!
Iggy one of our pugs, the brindle guy... loves apples
He thinks apple trees are the best thing in the world
that they're trees that grow edible balls.
He loves to chase, and eat, apples.
but those blossoms bring the promise of more to come.
Spring growth is here... despite all the chaos and destruction in the world.
are raspberries, as are the bushes cut off the right side of the pic.
On the other side of the rock is the goji berry plant.
These are also known as wolf berries,
and are incredibly nutritious, known as a 'super food'.
In between is a small fig tree, but right now it's leafless
so it's hard to make out against the fence...
There is a small fancy cabbage growing in the left bottom side of the pic
but you can barely see it.. it's a yellowy green patch.
(pictures of everything would be impossible)
as well as an ornamental grass we've planted by the boulder
The cats love to hide and chase behind the grasses,
the grasses were very much planted for cat ambushing escapades
What cats you ask... oh they're there
you'll see plenty of pics of them soon enough
they were stalking me everywhere I went in the garden
keeping me company, as were the pugs.
So now from the back of the garden, turning around
I face the back of the house
from the other side of the beautiful dogwood tree.
the hot tub where I do a lot of soaking
With 6 foot fences that soaking is done happily nude
Where I can soak in sunshine
That funny looking thing on the left is the little apple tree,
if you don't recognize it.
I'd already sat on it a while, but then I sat on it again
To remind me to rest a while
he did his job encouraging me to break
by insisting on being pet and adored.
but soon the flowers in the dogwood peninsula
beckoned me to come closer
The flowers above are tulips, fancy tulips
with crazy colours and raggedy leaves
The ones that are so bright yellow and red striped
They remind me of circus tents
If I were naming this flower I would call it
Further in the garden bed are some peachy, yellowy orangey fancy tulips
past the broken Chinese 100 year old egg pot...
I love flowers that can't decide if they are yellow, orange or peach...
Mutant tulips, with extra petals and extra heads on the stalks
the garden.. has gone insane clown posse
Further back still are some miniature tulips, mimicking the larger red and yellow
I suppose they'd want to run away and join the circus too...
There is something amazing about big flowers...
and something amazing about small flowers too.
I LOVE them... the folliage is rich and reddish
and the flowers a vibrant violet.
If they are a weed, I welcome them.
The plan is eventually to have no lawn, only garden.
they are just starting to bud now. It will be a while still
before they open their blooms, but the number of buds is
astonishing. This garden produces like nothing I've seen...
We have blood red peonies, pale pink peonies... and white peonies.
The deep rich red peonies I love the most.
But right now it's the earlier spring flowers
mostly tulips, in the garden
They call them a type of 'butter cup'
I thought butter cups were just the wild flowers one found in lawns and meadows.
They also have many many petals, which is a look I like.. lush...
They come back year after year.
which we didn't plant, but grow many places on the property.
I love these, these and the blue bells in the garden
remind me of childhood...
Because I loved to go and pick flowers
and places like empty lots and meadows
would have loads of grape hyacinth and blue bells
for big bunches of blossoms to bring my mother.
wildflowers and weeds
that bring as much joy as big elegant expensive blossoms
All flowers in a garden are unique
and all are beautiful.
Then I needed another rest...
So lay in the wet grass and took some pics
and the cats and dogs insisted on some photo op time.
reminding me that perhaps I should take it easy and relax a while.
Our other black cat Freyja on the way in for a friendly hello
No big wrassle fests in the garden.
is mostly all black, unlike Loki who is all black.
Freyja has a hidden white patch between her hind legs low on her belly
She has a crescent moon, hidden there.
Her eyes are green, while loki's are amber yellow almost orange.
Her collar has half moons and stars on it, and his is plain.
There... now you can tell them apart. *smile*
The fluffy puffy ginger terror... is called Odin. He's not full grown yet,
however he's already bigger than Loki, who's the oldest.
Him and Loki have a lot of boy on boy cat loving and grooming sessions
they are the best of pals, and often play together.
Little cat, Freyja is friendly with them, but a little more reserved
She still sleeps and cuddles and grooms with them
but she gets annoyed with too much rough housing from giant teen kitten Odin.
while the boys played, hoping I might want to give her some love
instead of taking silly pictures.
So not just a pug.
give her a few belly rubs and ear scritches.
Don't feel bad for her... she gets spoilt lovies from me all day long. :)
Iggy Piggy, St. Ignatius, the great and glorious Pig
but very bossy and likes to tell you off.
He's chatty, more than yappy, as his voice isn't that yappish
more... well, hmmm, impossible to describe
If he had access to a ball of some kind
it would have been in his mouth and he'd have
been hounding me all morning.
if you're not bored yet that is...
me, I can spend all day in the garden.
Turning back to look at the shed, I see one of the antique bird cages I've hung
The rose is climbing over it, but there is still plenty of access for birds.
We put seed inside and leave the cage doors open
the birds fly in and out and feed, and are safe
the smaller tiny finches will fly right between the bars!
not with all 3 cats in the yard and on the prowl!
To photograph birds, I need to be out when the cats are napping!
we haven't put a seed bell or tray of seed in that cage for a while
should do so, it's wonderful to see a dozen birds busy
in and around, in and out, clinging to rose branches and cage bars
I can't wait till the roses are in bloom...
some are starting
This one is called a 'sandalwood rose'
and it has a beautiful scent.
and the scent... so sweet and subtle.
white roses, red roses, pink roses
and purple tiger striped roses (I got for my birthday one year)
miniature roses and big roses, and climbing roses
I'm excited for when they come...
the roses and the peonies.
But for now, in that garden bed...
just more crazy fancy mutant tulips!
These are very beneficial for pollinating in the garden
they also kill pest insects, and are non-stinging
We're planning on building mason bee houses this year
to encourage more of them in the garden.
and also some more stripey frilly leafed ones!
shooting the tulips... and of course, Loki still following me close
he wants me to show you whats down the little fenced off area
besides the shed along the side fence.
It's a little side garden leading down to the compost pile.
Loki feels I'm paying too much attention to flowers
and not enough to compost.
He thinks I'm hunting perhaps...
stalking in the grass with him
Maybe he's trying to teach me where
to go... come look for rats Mama!
the rats are down here in the compost!
I watched him climb the pile and jump on the fence.
He stared at me a while, like a gargoyle.
Trying to psychically send me messages perhaps
this is where the hunting's good.
perhaps to check on me, they do that you know.
make sure I haven't fallen somewhere and can't get up ;)
They're not fooling me...
Ash had a mug of something with her... maybe milk?
Can we see... is it milk? will you share?
Milk's not good for most kitties.. can make them sick,
but a sniff and a quick baby sip doesn't hurt these guys.
she however is more discreet.
has us looking along the side of the house too.
The side garden beds are planted with all kinds of things
Though only some are here with the spring
mostly tulips again, but some of the herbs are growing
Past the little gate opposite is an area that's been planted
vegetable garden here, tucked away.
except for messy rocky weedy dirt...
so I wont show more of it. :)
There's a twisty trunk little tree that grows along that fence
It makes bright red berries in winter...
but I don't know what it is
and a birdhouse I painted above it, which needs to be moved to a safe location
so the birds can use it again next year.
No birds.. wonder why...
the birds wouldn't mind, the dogs ignore them, so they ignore the dogs
but not so the cats.
Here Iggy is trying to explain that this type of tree is good for sniffing
While Loki is trying to explain that rather this tree is good for scratching
They share culture between them often
so we have pugs with feline habits,
and cats with canine courtesies.
I see a small dark grey rat in the grass
it looks like it could almost be sleeping, but for the open shiny eyes
freshly killed, compost pile?
Evidently if I'm not going to learn to hunt
I must be provided for.
I decided to opt not to take a picture of the rat close up.
and removed it instead.
So back to the garden. Along the side fence also currently in bloom
are some beautiful white bleeding hearts and some blood red carnations
they're growing in front of a thai buddha I have there.
My husband Wolfe and ash are in the garden planting more flowers
some that look very similar to bleeding hearts with a big long hard to spell name
that are dark blood red and more exotic looking.
Looking forward to seeing them, as they weren't in this mornings garden!
So these little heart blossoms are the last of treasures from the garden
that I have to show you today anyways...
I hope you enjoyed wandering through my garden with me...
and that I didn't tire you out too much!
It was a long wander, it took a lot out of me,
so I'm off for a late dinner and a rest now.
Live in Love