Sunday, April 25, 2010

Still in the garden . . .

and enjoying my time there!  Bought some impatiens to fill in some areas at the front of the border.  They are a pretty mix of white, pale pink, pale lilac and a deep pink.

Anemone are popping up all over the garden right now as well.  I moved clumps here and there and even to the front garden last fall and they look fabulous!  I just love these little white flowers!

The Snow Maiden Iris are looking good too!

It's been raining off and on these past couple of days so I've been in the mood to read more as my creative spark seems to be limited to figuring out what else I want to plant and do in the garden.  I started Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy the other day and am hoping to read some more today.

Hope to be back again soon!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

In the garden . . .

I've been spending most of my time this past week in the garden.  Dividing plants that I didn't take care of in the fall, moving things around here or there and scrutinizing what goodies are coming up where.  I try to mark most of the perennials and bulbs, but sometimes the markers get faded or they get moved from trying to clear debris in the flowerbed.  LOL.  Makes me laugh . . . hubby and I go for a stroll in the garden every morning trying to decipher what plant this is or what plant that is . . . and looking for open space so we can plant some annuals or something new.  We've got quite a bit going on with the grape hyacinths in full bloom already . . .

and Tete a Tete daffodils . . .

I even found some white hyacinths at Home Depot.  They just smelled so good!!

All in all things are looking really great so far.  Hubby even agreed to get some phlox as well . . . said he really liked the blue in this one . . .

I'm certainly looking forward to spending more time out in the garden and can't wait until the new privacy fence is up!  Hopefully, it will be up later this month or early in May.

I was having some bad luck with a certain lilac bush that I purchased a couple of years back so I had to purchase another.  I'm happy to say that this new one did survive the winter and came back this year.  It's still too young to produce any flowers though.   I had a lilac at the other house and it just filled the yard with a wonderful fragrance all through Spring.  As I was coming home today and parking the car in the garage, my neighbor gave me cuttings from his lilac.  He happened to be out cutting some for his daughter's birthday and decided to give me some as well.  What a sweetie!  I've always thought it was unusual that half of the bush has white flowers and the other half has purple . . . and they smell so good too!

Hope you're all enjoying Spring and taking advantage of the beautiful weather.  It's such a wonderfully promising time of the year!  Maybe that's why both my boys were born in the Spring . . .

Well then . . . until next time . . . Happy Gardening and Happy Creating!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Polish tragedy

It was Saturday afternoon when we decided to head to Target 'cause the little one needed a new pair of gym shoes.  As we were driving through the neighborhood, Polish flags started appearing on cars as they zoomed by us.  Upon further exam . . . we noticed that houses were also displaying the flags.  My hubby asked me if it was Polish Constitution Day.  I told him I thought I was in a couple of weeks.  Looking further still and on the way back from Target  . . . we noticed more and more flags up, but then I noticed . . . black ribbons . . . I told my hubby . . . something's wrong . . . something's happened.  We turned the radio on and when we got home, turned on the news.  Tragedy . . .  plane crash . . . many top officials dead . . .

At first it was hard to believe, I wasn't really comprehending everything completely.  I watched all the news and read all that I could about this tragedy and then I realized . . . I know that word . . . Katyn . . . and then it hit me . . . I knew exactly what they are talking about.  The statuary at the cemetary.  I was at the cemetary just last fall, visiting my mother and brought my camera this time . . . I needed to take a picture of the new sculpture at the entrance of the cemetary . . . it was just so mesmerizing . . .

It's just really hard to describe the mood of the neighborhood and surrounding area here.  On my block alone there are 8 - 10 Polish flags flying.

We happened to pass by the cemetary today and there is a sea of candles and flowers at the base of the Katyn Memorial sculpture.  Cars were lined up all along the cemetary road and people were starting to gather again.

My prayers are with Poland at this time.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It's been too long!

I can't believe how time is flying!  Been terribly busy with work being done on the house over here . . . and the little guy starting baseball.  We had to have our chimney fixed and since the masons were gonna be here already, we had them redo the front of the house as well.  That really wasn't fun with 4 or so hours of them grinding all the old mortar out, but the results are fantastic.  Now we're getting estimates for a new fence and the storm door in the front is really rickety so we've been looking into that as well.  It's been raining the past couple of days now so the fields are too wet for the kids to get any practice in.  They'll probably resume again on Friday.

Hope you all had a Happy Easter!  Ours started with watching The Ten Commandments on Saturday evening . . . one of those classics that I remember watching every Easter as a kid myself.  We went to a wonderful mass Easter morning and then over to my in-laws for dinner.  The day seemed to fly by, but the weather was just perfect!

I was able to finish my SNL kit for April . . . berry blossoms is the theme and overlays are the focus.  Here's a preview of my kit . . .

I was having so much fun with the overlays and the tutorials that I came across that I made some other digital art with some of my own landscape and cityscape photographs.  Here's what I came up with . . .


I'm supposed to be designing the redress of the SNL site this month and hope to get that done in the next couple of days.  I still have some more cleaning in the garden to finish as well.

There's daffodils and magnolias and hyacinths starting to bloom throughout the neighborhood right now!  I really need to start getting pictures of all those before they're gone.  Enjoy Spring wherever you may be!  Hope to be back again soon!