Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Working in the garden . . . gives me a profound feeling of inner peace. Nothing here is in a hurry. There is no rush toward accomplishment, no blowing of trumpets. Here is the great mystery of life and growth. Everything is changing, growing, aiming at something, but silently, unboastfully, taking its time. ~ Ruth Stout

Last night I dreamed it was spring.  I awoke to  40-degree temperatures and a pewter sky.  Rain oozed under my coat collar and down my neck as I filled the bird feeders.  I shall go back to bed and hope the spring dream returns.

From the shade Garden

Pagoda dogwood a little past prime time bloom time.

White Nancy grows beneath the hosta and really brightens up dark places.

Hostas planted years ago have grown into large clumps.


Allium gone wild, self seeded everywhere...lawn, shade garden, sun gardens, among the daylilies and peonies.  I had hopes it would bloom with the peonies but that looks unlikely.  

Birds always welcome

Indigo buntings and gold finches enjoy the thistle feeders.  

Unknown.  If anyone has a positive ID for this bird, please let me know.

Blooming now

          Amidst a mess of really sloppy foliage the two foot tall camassia stalks lay down and then bend                                                                    to reach sunward.  

The foot tall camassia stands upright but fades into the background foliage.  

Immortality always blooms ahead of the other iris then blooms again in late summer.  


troutbirder said...

I have the same feeling working in my woodland wildflower garden though weeding in other parts doesn't always leave me feeling 'PEACEFUL"''':)

BeadedTail said...

Such pretty birds and garden! I love enjoying a garden and whatever creatures visit it but boy do I hate gardening. I have always found it so stressful but maybe one day I'll learn to appreciate it. Maybe!

Lowcarb team member said...

Love the colour of the alium.

I've always liked Hosta's but the slugs do like them - do you have any problems with them?

That mystery bird looks almost sparrow like to me but more colourful ?

All the best Jan

tina said...

Such nice thoughts from the garden. Despite dreary and cold weather those birds are a fresh ray of sunshine.

Indie said...

Maybe a female House Sparrow? The Indigo Bunting is so very gorgeous! That is too bad it is so cold and rainy. I do wish we had some rain, as it's been so dry, but definitely not the cold temperatures again! I hope your dreams of nice spring weather come true quickly!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi ... I thought I'd posted a comment - did it come through ok?

I can definitely remember saying about the lovely colour of the Allium.

Hope all is well

All the best Jan

Jennifer said...

I have always wanted to get an 'Immortality' variety of iris. White flowers are always gorgeous and the fact it has a second round of blooms is a great bonus.

Rambling Woods said...

I agree with you. There is a great peace and it relaxes me just to walk around or sit and reflect. Thank goodness for the garden... I want to plant a pagoda dogwood.. I have to look into it... Thank you for the comments on my blog.. They are always so thoughtful and we share much in common.. Michelle

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Good things growing in your garden. Thank you for sharing the photos and the quote!

Garden Fancy said...

What amazingly blue birds! And your camassias look great - I planted some once but I don't think they ever came up (either that or I didn't recognize them as NOT a weed and ripped them out -- it's possible, you know...). Anyway, thanks for visiting my blog so that I now know about your blog -- I agree, it's nice to read what other fellow Midwesterners are planting and growing in their gardens! -Beth

Casa Mariposa said...

I would go crazy if I couldn't garden. It helps settle my mind and gives me a chance to work through whatever's on my mind. I think your bird is a type of sparrow but I could be wrong. I've never had an indigo bunting visit my garden. They must not like all the hot air coming out of DC. ;o)

RURAL said...

Gardening is like having a buffer between our sensibilities, and the clamouring of the world. You have some beautiful birds, and gorgeous flowers, I can see why you love spending time there.

A white iris is definitely on my list...


Beth @ PlantPostings said...

How nice to have an Iris that blooms in the spring and the fall! I will have to research that one! I really enjoyed the quote at the beginning of your post--it rings true! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a kind comment.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to be late to visit, but your comment was in the spam file. I don't look there everyday unfortunately. The Indigo Bunting is beautiful. I only saw them a few times in our area. We do get all the birds and butterflies that you have on your sidebar. You take wonderful photos.

walk2write said...

You have such a peaceful place there, Marnie. I hope it's warming up for you now. I think I can now safely put my jacket and sweaters up in the closet to stay--at least for a few months.