My Enchanted Garden

Serendipity in the Garden

September 5, 2012

As I glanced out the window, I saw this beauty fluttering softly back and forth across my garden.  I watched it for a few moments as it just seemed to float gracefully to and fro, not a care in the world.  Then it landed gently on a pretty pink rose.  My next thoughts were wondering if I could actually grab my camera, make it outside (without scaring it away!) and take a photograph.  Well, as you can see, I did!  This sweet creature just sat there patiently waiting for me and as soon as I snapped the picture, off it went.  Definitely a serendipitous moment!

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Tomatoes!

June 20, 2012

As you may know I love my garden.  Roses and flowers come pretty easily to me, but vegetables remain somewhat elusive.  My desire for raised beds brimming over with lush homegrown heirloom vegetables is peaked every spring as I start thumbing through the gardening magazines.  With the best of intentions, I carefully plant my little seeds and dream of all the delicious veggies I’ll soon be harvesting.   But sadly, it hasn’t yet worked out that way!   This year the slugs and snails decimated a good portion of my seedlings and a serious heat wave in May took its toll as well.   So, my little kitchen plot is a little bit of an underachiever in my mind.  But happily, a few plants did make it through and I was really pleased to be able to pick a handful of tomatoes this morning! 

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Welcome Spring!

March 21, 2012

So happy you’re here!

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Cheeky Little Bird

March 10, 2012

This sweet little Warbler came by to say ‘hello’.

It was cheerfully eating aphids off of my roses …

not the least bit bothered at having its picture taken!

It’s so lovely to see more birds in the garden.  Spring will be here soon!

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Bunny Love

June 17, 2011

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In a secluded corner of my garden, I spotted this little cutie kindly snacking on some weeds!

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I’ve always had a soft spot for rabbits.  Beatrix Potter books are a favorite I’ve never outgrown!.  So lovely to have a visit from one that could pass for Peter himself!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8, 2011

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To wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day I’ve gathered a bouquet of roses from the garden to share with you.  I hope you all have a lovely day!

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Heartsease

April 15, 2011

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Heartsease, or Johnny Jump Ups as they are commonly called, are part of the Viola family.  They are a very old European wildflower, even mentioned in Shakespeare’s writings.

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I adore their perky little faces!

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They are self seeding and should return every year, “jumping up” here and there in the garden.

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For some reason mine never seem to return on their own!

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Happily, every spring the nursuries are full of them.  As I certainly wouldn’t want to miss their cheerful presence in the garden!

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Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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Miss Lemon

April 5, 2011

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I have a sweet little lemon tree growing in an urn in the garden.

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It’s one of those miniature varieties, although I’m not sure which one.  I bought it several years ago, and while I’m sure it had a few lemons on it when I brought it home from the nursery, I haven’t seen any since!

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It’s produced a few blooms in years past but nothing too dramatic.  But this year, things are a bit different!

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This little tree, standing no more than three feet high, is covered with hundreds of blooms!  The fragrance is quite heady … it reminds me of jasmine and can be smelled clear across the garden!

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The bees are quite enchanted with it as well!

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This little guy was diligently collecting great masses of pollen to carry back to the hive.

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Well, fingers crossed that this is a new side of Miss Lemon and that she will shower us with fruit later in the year.  I’ll keep you posted!

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Happy Spring!

March 21, 2011

springThese beauties couldn’t wait to show themselves!  They are called, “William Morris” for the famous 19th century English designer, artist and writer.  The amazing thing is they have grown themselves up a tree and are about 15 feet in height!

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Sweet Little Bird

February 25, 2011

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I found this cutie just sitting in the garden enjoying the brisk dusk air.

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There is just something irresistable about a pudgy little bird!

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Turns out this little guy is a Costa’s Hummingbird.  I’d never seen one before but his amazing purple markings made him easy to track down!  He gets his name from a 19th century French nobleman with the grand name, Louis Marie Pantaleon Costa, Marquis de Beauregard.   Who knew?!

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