Covering the Ground with Blue

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I spent a little bit of time in the yard this morning, and am delighted that my groundcovers are gaining ground this year!  I have a tendency to pick groundcovers with blue-hued blossoms:

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I hope you have enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend.   Enjoy the rest of your day, and I will catch up with you tomorrow!

“Experience…

… the flowers as you work with them. Take notice of their exquisite color, texture, and smells, for they are truly one of God’s most enjoyable gifts.” (Mrs. Dunwoody)

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It’s been rainy and gloomy over at my little part of the world. But I think the plants are really liking the rain. Other than that, I have been working on my magazine projects. I was going to show you my Christmas quilt, but I think I am going to wait till all the basting pins are out before I do so… gotta run for now! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will catch up with you next week.

“Babies”

Hello Everyone, I hope you all have had a restful weekend.

This was meant to be my weekend gardening post.  But it rained all day yesterday, and I wasn’t able to take a picture of my husband’s “babies”.  I think these baby tomatoes are so cute, don’t you?

We are eagerly waiting for these and others to ripen so that I can turn them into homemade salsa!!!

Again, I want to thank all you bloggy friends for the comments you have left on my “Teddy Bear” cross-stitch.  I will respond as soon as I get a chance.  I will be back on Monday!!!

Weekend Blessings

Thank you, my bloggy friends, for leaving the lovely comments on the floral arrangements I had posted yesterday.  I will respond to each comment as soon as I get a chance.

We are looking at a HOT and SUNNY weekend.  Nonetheless, I hope you all have a blessed one, sunny or not:

See you Monday!

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“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (Psalm 84:11)

Petunia Mania

This is my first experience with petunia. I wanted some cheap annuals to cover up the spots where the tulips had grown. The petunias were on clearance at the store a few weeks ago, so I grabbed some thinking that even if they don’t do well, I wouldn’t be out too much money. They have surprised me by growing 3-4 times as big as I had first bought them, fulfilling their role of covering some bare spots in the flower bed:

I am so manically proud of my petunias! :)

Have a safe weekend, everyone. I will see you Monday!

Apricot Pretties

My one and only David Austin rose bush, Jude the Obscure, has so far brought much delight into my life. I love the apricot colored blossoms that would soon fade into a lighter and much softer shade.

These darling blooms have done great things to my confidence as a novice gardener. However, I do have a slight problem… my groundcover roses that are supposed to be blooming from spring to fall are NOT doing anything as far as blooming goes. They seem to be content only in being photosynthesis factories — anyone has any idea as to why that is? This novice gardener is getting a bit concerned.:(

Have a pretty weekend, everyone.  I will see you again on Monday!

Time is a-creeping

I am quite surprised – when I put them in last year, they didn’t look like they were going to amount of anything. But my creeping thyme (ground cover) is blooming beautifully:

Speaking of creeping thyme, a few years ago, I suddenly realized that time was silently creeping away whether or not I was paying attention. Time was just simply ticking away second by second, moment by moment…

I argued, “But…. wait…. there’s still much more I would like to accomplish!” But time didn’t seem to wait or slow down because of my concerns, and continued to creep away. It was then I started to be protective of my time. I started to evaluate the things I do that fill my time. I began to value the time that is given to me.

For the rest of the time I have left, my desire is that I would be taught to number my days so that I may apply my heart to wisdom (Psalm 90:12).

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This post was meant for Saturday, but I wasn’t able to post it before time crept away in the midst of my anniversary weekend. See what I mean about time that is a-creeping”?

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I will be back tomorrow. :)

While they are bursting at the seams…

I am definitely bursting with excitement because my last count of buds is close to 40 (40!!! The newbie gardener asks, “Can that be true?”):

You see, this is my first ever bona fide rose bush. I had bought it at the nursery two weeks ago. My heart went out to this bush simly because of its name — “Jude the Obscure“. My heart was moved with pity and really wanted to bring it out of obscurity…. okay, end of my melodrama! Truth be known, I couldn’t make up my mind which bush to buy (imagine that, there were only about five different types of David Austin rose bushes at the nursery, and I couldn’t make up my mind!). Once again, my husband gallantly came to my rescue and made the decision for me. We love the color; we love the shape; we definitely love the scent.

What fascinates me is the drastic color changes these rose blossoms undergo. I am showing you two different blossoms on a particular day (again, the newbie gardener asks, “Is that normal?”):

Just one day later (taken at the same time of day as the previous day), these blossoms became:

Then, they “matured” into this subdued shade of subtle apricot, cloaked in an unmistakable air of elegance:

I hope I would be able to keep this rose bush alive and well through this growing season, and hopefully by then, I will feel much more comfortable and confident in venturing out even further in this business call rose gardening. Don’t get me wrong, I love the end results (beautiful rose blooms). I am just a little uncertain about my care-taking skills! :)

It’s been fun chatting with you my bloggy friends. I will be back on Monday. Meanwhile, have a blessed weekend!

Chromatically challenged

I just realized a couple of days ago the blooms I have had in my flower bed seem to be chromatically challenged (aside from the tulips) — you can see why I am not joking:

Urm…. you think it’s time for me to venture out and explore the other colors in the color spectrum when I am contemplating what to plant next?!

I hope you all have a “polychromatic” Mother’s Day weekend filled with blooms of many colors! :) I will be back Monday!