Bless my bloomers

The tulips are beginning to bloom.  Some are already wide open and collecting sunshine and bees.  Others are just starting to unfurl.  The tulip pictured above is one of my favorites.  I’m not sure what type they are, but they always remind me of fiery sunsets.

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229: Tulips in bloom

It’s great to be home, spend the night in my own bed, listening to the familiar sounds that surround us here at Breezy Acres, and walking on familiar paths looking to see what’s new.

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222: Rain, rain…

(Looking at the tulips through a window on a rainy day.)

The rain has been pouring down since the wee hours of the morning.   I sometimes wonder if it is possible for the earth to drown or just wash away with all this water.

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221: Gratitude

I have so many blessings in my life.  I could sit here all day — maybe all week or all month — listing them, each one more than likely leading to another.  Blessings are like that, building one upon another.  I do like to take a moment a few times daily to give thanks for some of those gifts.  It keeps things in perspective, putting the joys of life ahead of any perceived negatives (which sometimes turn out to be positives).

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215: Look what’s blooming now

(The Fab Four)

The red tulips!  Yesterday there was one almost open.  Today, there are a bunch of them blooming (and getting blown around by the gusty winds).

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During our visit to Hershey Gardens last month, the tulips were at their peak, bursting with color in a variety of shapes and sizes.

I decided on an orange(-ish) theme today.  My father, who enjoyed Blue & Purple from my Color Series, has asked me to do something for him in orange so I’ve been looking through my photos, looking for ideas and inspiration.


(Tulips at Hershey Gardens.)

In a world where conflict and strife seem to surround us, gardeners create a space where peace and beauty reign. In a time of rampant selfishness, gardeners set the example of selflessness. For it’s impossible to garden only for yourself. The colors and textures you splash upon the ground are soaked up by all the birds, butterflies and passersby in your neighborhood.

But mostly, it’s important to be a good steward of a small patch of earth and to know that you are one among millions who are helping to heal a wounded planet, one garden at a time.

~~ Paul McKenzie, Article on

I’ve been busy in the garden for the past day or so, as well as unpacking and getting caught up with things around the house.  But that’s not the real reason I haven’t come back to finish posting about our trip east.  The real reason is this:  I killed my keyboard.

It seems I had not yet learned the valuable lesson regarding liquids, computers, and keyboards.  That lesson is firmly learned now.  No more tall glasses of iced tea will grace the top of this desk.  I am very grateful to M for the spare keyboard.

The weather here in the Bogs is perfect for gardening.  Sunny but not too hot.  I worked on a small section of our veggie garden yesterday, getting it ready to plant spinach and some lettuces.  I should be able to plant the seeds today.

We harvested the first of the asparagus on Sunday.  Because there wasn’t much of it I chopped it up and put it in a vegetable stir-fry I made for dinner.  I should be able to harvest some more today.  It doesn’t look like it will be a bumper crop, but we’ll have to wait and see.  I’m not sure how fast the spears will come up or how prolific it will be now that we’ve started harvesting it.

I don’t know if or when I’ll get back to posting about our trip.  I do have tons of photos I’d like to share (including some more from Orchid Mania and our trip to Lake View Cemetery) so I’m going to try to get a few out every day.

(Entrance to Hershey Gardens)