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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring?-Part 2, the Neighborhood / Garden Peeping

Hi! Sorry I was out for a few days, not feeling 100%. My  poor bones really paid for that lovely beach walk last week, bummer.
April is living up to its cold and wintry reputation. Look at these big waves! What we call a ''clear storm'' or ''sunny storm'', which means there's no dark clouds or rain, just mad crazy wind and turbulent water. The mist that you see as blurry photos is salt spray from the wind blowing over the cresting waves.

My household water is the color of tea, eew. From the wind storm, we suppose, but don't enquire too closely. I cannot wash my little quilts for Lori's swap though.

Mo and I had a little ''talk'' about how he is a BIG BOY not a fragile flower dog!

And how it's good to get out  and get some fresh air.

And so, undaunted, [and not dressed in pink tutus!] Mo and I ventured out to search for signs of spring.
Green grass!

But not a bud to be seen on the trees. This is an ornamental peach. Look at that blue blue sky.

Poor Spring, it's so misunderstood. We don't expect bright red maple leaves in September, do we? Or snow before Christmas? But we expect green leaves and twitterng birds nesting, and flowers and warm sunshine--in, ugh, April. Nope. Maybe in---June?

Time to get out and look for Spring! Bundle up, it's very cold, frost tonight.
I planted these narcissus in a common curbside area, many years ago. ssshhh, don't tell!

Mo, inspecting the oddly early sprouting daylilies.

A bit of emerald green moss, glowing in a patch of weak sunlight.

Andromeda? I think newly planted by this gardener.

An old brave cluster of hyacinths. I love the pale pink. I'd love to paint a room this color.

Another old planting, a magnolia. It towers over its house, so it must be 3o feet tall or more. 

 The beach lane got new fences! They certainly lack the charm of the old weathered and mossy grey boards but I imagine the folks who live here are happy for this long awaited [since H Sandy] repair. T

The pine will grey down in  year or so.

That's all for spring so far! The good news is, the first flea is Sunday! I'm very excited.



gone to the beach....


  1. I always await blooms and birds, but generally dont see them until mid-may! I needed my gloves and winter hat this morning.

  2. Hmm, around here the magnolias bloomed a month ago? Nice to see them again in your blog. It's like the water just delays your seasons a bit.

    I love the picture of Mo sacked out in his bed. I feel EXACTLY like that some days!!

    All great pictures, thanks for sharing your walk. I hope your house water clears up soon!

  3. Yes, we blame the ocean for our late spring...but then summer lasts thru November lots of years to make up for it.

  4. Just "peeping" over your fence from IL...do you watch "Flea Market Flips?" Love that show. Hope you find wonderful items at the Flea this Sunday. Love from Strawberry.

  5. This really has been an awkward spring. My ornamental apple trees did not bloom this year either. So sad, and those high winds are horrible and make it feel so cold. However, our temps have risen the las couple days...which really helps!! Love Mo, he is so adorable...


  6. Eeek, it looks very exciting out there! So many colorful things going on. I get a kick out of imagining you planting flower bulbs on the down-low, lol.

    Mo can't hide anything can he? His face tells the story. I agree with Mel, the pic of him in his bed is precious.

    Happy that the residents got their fencing replaced, finally, but you're right, the backdrop won't be quite as pretty for awhile. That's ok, we'll wait :)

    Oh and that magnolia! My Dad used to always say, appropo of nothing, "it sure is nice to be back amongst the magnolias." I think it was a line from an old movie that he hung onto.

    Happy weekend!


    1. LOL Your dad's quote made me laugh! I looked it up for you. "A Southern Yankee" 1948. Red Skelton played a bellhop who is inadvertenly recruited to be a Yankee spy. A comedy [the CW wqasn t taken so seriously back then?]. Skelton immortalized the phrase, ''My it's so nice to be back among the magnolias again!"


    2. It must have been a ctah phrase, so evreyone got the joke. Here s another mention:\" It’s one of those jokes that’s funny due to its constant repetition; similar to Red Skelton’s line “It’s nice to be back among the magnolias again!” in A Southern Yankee (1948)''

    3. Awww, thanks for that! I notice that my Dad had it a bit wrong, but I don't mind :)

  7. Love you and Mo go in search of spring! Do you dress as nattily as Mo? Inquiring minds want to know. Feel better.


  8. Love you and Mo go in search of spring! Do you dress as nattily as Mo? Inquiring minds want to know. Feel better.


    1. Hahaha! No. I m known for wearing baggy jeans with many frays, patches and holes! Cargo pnats are my idea of dressing up!


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