Monday, May 2, 2016

My Garden Journal - Feed Your Soul

It's May and the mystery of the stones under my plants continues this year with many in the front affected as well.  This started last year with a large handful under each hosta, the pea gravel coming from the path. However, in the front it's a long way from that path in the backyard. We figure it must be an animal carrying the stones in its mouth and I can think of one little busy body who can stuff his cheeks quite full.
Spring bulbs are a welcome sight and the bees have been visiting them in earnest.
Peonies are pushing up towards the sun (this one is a yellow Itoh)  and the green leaves behind are a hardy white verbascum, the only one I've grown that is a true perennial.
In the backyard the hummingbird feeder is up and I recently put the oriole feeder in a tree.
Marsh marigold in the pond has been glowing during the last overcast couple of days. The spring frog count is 3, way down from last year's 12 and I hope one of them is female to lay eggs and increase the family.
Patio furniture has been brought out of the garden shed, washed and ready for use so I took advantage of a sunny break and had afternoon tea outside in my new baltimore oriole mug.
Happy Gardening, Take Time For Tea.

34 comments:

  1. I love your beautiful spring bulbs! And also your mug! Never seen such one. LOVE it.

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  2. Hello Judith, pretty quote! Your spring bulbs and marigolds are lovely. That is a mystery, why are the stones appearing. I like the oriole mug. It is a rainy day here, time to play on the computer and comment on blogs. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  3. oops, I came over to link to MM

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  4. Love the daffs and the grape hyacinths together

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  5. All looks good in your garden and it's a good feeling to have patio furniture out and cleaned and you can now sit and relax! Seems a perfect spot to have some tea!

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  6. As the song goes 'inch by inch, row by row...'. Life in your garden is certainly blooming! Over this way the peonies are ready to burst open and I am looking forward to my first bouquet.

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  7. What a great garden you have to tend too! Does feed the heart and soul, love gardening! Your flowers are so pretty! Oh the moving rocks, interesting!

    Happy Monday~
    Nancy

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  8. That is interesting about the rocks! You have a beautiful garden! So soul enriching!

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  9. Your garden is being showered in spring beauty, dear Judith. Thank you for sharing your loveliness with us.

    Have a blessed week. Hugs!

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  10. Very odd about the stones, not something I have ever heard of! So lovely to catch up with all that is happening in your garden!

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  11. I love the yellow and purple combo in the second photo. Moving stones? Interesting. Squirrels? The marsh marigold certainly is a cheerful colour. The wind is still very cool here so even on a sunny day one has to find shelter to enjoy the sun. Have a good week Judith.

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  12. What a cheerful springy post! Love that Oriole mug too.

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  13. Just looking at the pictures of your garden feels so peaceful:) I wonder what little busy body is carrying those stones;)

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  14. Oh what beautiful spring photos, Judith! The marsh marigold is just stunning to see. I hope your frogs populate your pond. I'm glad you took time for a tea and cookie break with your pretty mug!

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  15. Your marsh marigold is beautiful! Things are looking very springy in your garden. How welcome spring is! Have a wonderful week my friend!
    Hugs, Beth

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  16. Love the spring photos of your yard. Everything looks so welcoming. Have a great Mother's Day. Martha

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  17. Oh I want to sit down in your garden, snag a maple cream, and have a cup of tea with you. I would love having the garden tour. Yours is ahead of mine! It's still so cold here with another week of cold to come. I am shaking my head that a squirrel or chipmunk (?) is responsible for depositing those stones all over. If you know anything that keeps them away from the garden, I'd be all ears.

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  18. Your daffodils look great and the marsh marigolds are such a brilliant yellow! I would love to have them in my pond, but it's rather small and plants tend to make it too crowded. Weird about the small stones moving about. I've never seen chipmunks carry stones around.
    Wendy

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  19. We had three days of snow this past weekend. The big melt is one and things will green up again, but I can not chance that there won't be more snow till late May.
    I wonder why an animal would carry stones into your yard? That is very strange and I hope you can catch the culprit in the act.
    Love your teapot and new mug--very spring like!

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  20. Verbascum! It looks just like a plant that showed up in my garden. I have been wondering if it is friend or foe. It bloomed last year, a long tall spike. I will look it up. Our spring bulbs are winding down after enduring the worst spring in a long time, but all of the rain and snow must have agreed with them for they have been the best yet. It will warm this week so I will be out trying to catch up on the spring chores. The rocks are indeed a mystery. Fairies, I think. And the oriole cup is wonderful. Love it.

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  21. Lovely photos! Wonderful to see everything coming alive in the garden again. Very interesting about those stones, I would be scratching my head on that one and would be fascinated to find out the culprit.

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  22. It is so wonderful to see everything popping out of the ground. It promises to be a beautiful afternoon here, so on my patio furniture is where I'll have my tea and cookies later on too! Have a lovely week.

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  23. So lovely to see spring arriving in your garden. That is funny that one of your critters would move rocks around. I have never heard of that.

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  24. I haven't gotten to the deck furniture and with all the yard-work going on here, I doubt I'll even get seed in until Fall for the perennials! It will keep as long as I don't run out of steam. Your plants look great, Judith! I don't have luck with Peonies here and do not know why...:)JP

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  25. So pretty! I'm sure you can guess which flowers are my favourite. Hee! When I was at HomeSense last month, I spotted some cute garden and lavender-themed mugs and thought of you!

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  26. Oh how beautiful to have peonies pushing their way up into the warming world. So full of promise.

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  27. A perfect tea with that feeder up....Orioles just showed up today so they will be coming your way soon! Many plants are leaping with our recent rain even with cool May temps!

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  28. I love garden posts! Your pictures are lovely and the one of the peonies makes me really miss those I left behind when I moved a couple of years ago.

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  29. Spring is really popping in your garden. The mystery of the stones continues! Enjoy the spring gardening.

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  30. Food for my soul indeed Judith!
    Wonderful to see your Grape Hyacinths up and blooming, they are one of my favourite Spring bulbs.
    I have a packet ready to plant once I find a new terracotta bulb pot!
    Your Oriole mug is most attractive!
    Happy gardening
    Shane

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  31. Spring bulbs are indeed a welcome sight ...
    So too is a lovely cup of tea!

    All the best Jan

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  32. Here no sign of peonies or marsh marigolds yet (I'm eagerly looking forward to both), but the patio furniture has been brought out here as well. :)
    Your tulip teapot is gorgeous!

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