When we returned home from family fun time for the holidays it was warm, warmer than it had been for several weeks. The moment the car was unloaded with presents, luggage and food we dashed outside and began gardening. The garden was singing a siren song, calling my name out loud. Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ had unveiled a few of her spidery threads in the warmth.Diane only had two blooms last year due to the late hard freeze of the year before. Flower buds are formed on the previous year’s growth. Growth happened with extra watering last year catching on to the damage of drought on said growth.Also crooning in a mellow tenor was the knot garden, or to be more specific, the heathers in the quatrefoil center, Calluna vulgaris ‘Sunrise’.Yellow in warm weather and red in winter, these heathers cannot figure out what color to wear, so are showing both much to our delight.Heading up the steep concrete steps to the knot garden is always a pleasure, if a workout, but after an extended absence, well it was only a few days but seemed longer, the sight at the peak makes me want to sing too.Bulbs are popping foliage up all around, sort of a chorus of daffodils. This one is even growing with the bulb base completely exposed, probably the work of the digging demon squirrels. Or possibly the overcrowding of quickly multipying Daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus. The daffs quickly become clumps even if planted singly. This patch has three different varieties, early, mid and late to extend the bloom time.The grasses are nearly ready to be cut down for the new growth is showing. The clean up happens here a little at a time to do a thorough job and to save the vertebrae for another day in the garden. Even faded and stringy there is life abounding that is an operatic aria.Or the sound of a whisper to rejoice in returning to the beloved soil. This mushroom is one of several growing in the area of an old stump in the front yard under the cherry tree. All have the opening in the top. Very interesting and sort of musical in an oompah way.
The song “I Call Your Name” was written by The Beatles, credited to Lennon and McCartney, but was primarily the work of John Lennon. It was recorded by The Mamas And The Papas with the soaring voice of Mama Cass Elliot doing it the justice it deserved. It was the song I sang to Chickenpoet and Semi each night to tuck them into their bunk beds in Pennsylvania after poetry reading. Pleasant memories even if the singing was subpar.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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