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Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring Garden Readiness


This Thyme that I purchased in a nearly dead condition last summer, for fifty cents, has survived and even thrived. It is winter hardy here too. I have had two of these rusty blue tile tables in storage and decided to use them on the deck. I am slowly clearing and cleaning the deck and pergola. Yikes, I did not sweep it.



The pansies have smiled at us all winter. It is hard to tell but rosemary is growing in the purple pot. I enjoy growing herbs pretty much for how they look. I also have rosemary growing in a planting bed now {it is winter hardy too}.


More pansies and blooming variegated vinca slightly different from the vinca at the old house I showed you on Friday. I like the vinca flowing out of the overhanging deck basket. The pansies will soon be replaced with another flower. Joe and I have worked tirelessly, this weekend, in the yard and flower garden. I cut an uncounted mind and finger numbing number of monkey grass bundles, with scissors, because they are where our mower cannot reach {because I must be ever so slightly mad too}. I went to bed last evening when the sun was still high in the sky.


I should give this camellia bush a special name because despite our strange weather she has been beautiful this year. I adore this soft pink color. I think I can say our flower garden is ready for spring. By doing a little bit here and there, every weekend, we have managed to get where we want to be with it. We are blessed by our little yellow house that you see here on Olive Out. Thank you for sharing the journey with us.

~please forgive me I am chatty when exhausted~
happy gardening
Olive


30 comments:

  1. All your flowers are happy. I can hear the pansies cheering.

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  2. If you ever roast potatoes in the oven, Olive, toss some of than rosemary on them before you put them in and your kitchen will smell heavenly!

    I love the pansies and look forward to it warming up a bit more so I can put some in pots here.

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  3. I just found my basil - dead and ready to be tossed. You've inspired me once again to get moving for spring!

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  4. I almost missed the rosemary until you pointed it out.

    Name your camellia Margret (a pretty, sweet, but durable old-fashioned name).

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    1. Margaret she shall be. Plus that is our Granny's name and we love her too.

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  5. Trimming with scissors! You are a gardener! I love that tall cylinder shaped clay pot and your pansies are a cheerful shot of color to look at. You must be somewhere where the winter is a little kinder than here in TN.

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  6. That camellia is utterly breathtaking! I am pinning it now.
    Brenda

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  7. Look at all the plants you have coming back. I've seen asparagus fern and mums in my big garden cart. We don't have much in the yard of our new house. This is the year!

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  8. Looks like everything is happy and looking forward to spring as much as we are-enjoy:@)

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  9. Olive I just spotted my herbs are coming up also:) I hope this means Spring is on it's way!

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  10. Garden clean up IS exhausting but I'm sure all of your hard work is paying off. It amazes me that people can be out when we are still having crazy cold weather. I love your pansies...that's the first thing they plant downtown and it's stunning. I planted some one fall and it looked so pretty but it was aggravating to toss everything for the fall mums just weeks later.

    Happy Monday, Olive!

    XO,
    Jane

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  11. Everything looks so pretty Olive...you are way ahead of me (us)... maybe this will be the year I finally tackle all of our liriope.....we have so much and it looks pretty ratty right now..I love your gardening posts..your love of it shows..
    Love,
    Mona

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  12. I just raked some dead leaves out of one bush yesterday. One bush down and fifty to go. The camellia is beautiful this year!

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  13. What would we do without beautiful pansies and camellia's to get us through the winter?!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  14. seeing some flowers makes me know spring will come someday!

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  15. Nothing is blooming around here so I am completely envious! Love your blue mosaic table...beautiful color!
    ~Des

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  16. Hi Olive! Your plants look great! The pansies are just the sweetest little flowers, aren't they? Sounds like you're busy getting your deck and blooms ready for spring! :) Love it that you called your daughter Foo Foo! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  17. Wish I had your green thumb. I noticed that for the first time since mama died 2 1/2 years ago the daffodils that I planted are finally coming up. Can you believe 2 1/2 years? Please!

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  18. Hi Olive. Stunning photos for us to look at today of all those wonderful blooms. I love growing herbs in pots as well, especially rosemary and thyme, as they just go so well together. I love that little table - what a gorgeous shape. I was so glad that I was able to get out in the garden a couple of weeks ago and cut all the lawns and started to tidy up after the very wet winter. Unfortunately, we have Siberian weather at the moment, with bitterly cold winds, so much too cold to get out in the garden. Never mind, only a few more weeks and everything will be coming to life again. Lovely post my friend. Hugs.

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  19. Your flowers are so pretty. It's been perishly cold here the last couple of days, My plants are looking very sorry for themselves. Your rosemary plant looks very healthy. Rosemary will not, cannot, doesn't want to grow in my garden, though I've tried several plants. The one rosemary I've got in a pot is looking dejected and miserable and I love rosemary.

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  20. The camellia is just gorgeous and I love seeing all your other plants and flowers too! It will be a long time before we see any here. The ground is still covered with snow. All your hard work is paying off.

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  21. Everything looks wonderful! Our little flower garden is looking better each week as well...it's work...but I enjoy it! Love the color of your camellia...ours are all bright pink. Have a great day!!

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  22. I love seeing all your signs of spring, as there's none here yet in northern IL. In fact, it's snowing there AGAIN right now! :-(

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  23. What a perfect pink bloom on the camellia. We have a lot of them here in our neighborhood and they are favorites!

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  24. Hi Olive~ Your pink camellia is a beauty! She looks like a flower show contestant :) We've been putting out mulch and emptying pots, I'm beyond ready for spring.

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  25. You are way ahead of me! Wish I had my yard in shape for Spring. It will get there, but just hasn't happened yet. I love the coco planter filled with flowers and vines. Also, that last pic of your camelia flower is gorgeous!

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  26. We thought we had our property all cleaned up and ready for Spring and then the snowstorm hit last week. I see you have pine trees like we do. We have many many towering tall ones and so many of them lost huge branches with the heavy wet snow. Branches as big as 6-8" in diameter, like small trees. What a mess we have to clean up, not to mention 5 million pinecones laying around. But we'll get it done eventually. I planted some onion sets yesterday in the back deck pots. Will only take a while before I will have some Spring onions to use. xoxo

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  27. One thing I cannot stress about gardening is that it doesn't hurt your garden to bring in man-made material for it to be presented upon, such as using stone blocks and tables to arrange outside in co-ordinance to how you want your garden to come out.

    -Evergreen Tree & Shrub Inc.
    Tree Pruning Brooklyn

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  28. Some of the garden in our place is starting to bloom. Good thing that Winter is now gone. Welcome spring!

    denver landscape

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