Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Making progress on the shade/woodland garden

For the past couple of years I have been working on creating a shade/woodland garden along the shady side of the house. I still have to move in more rocks, moss covered tree stumps (recovered from an area being logged by a friend), and there is of course, the ongoing search for more interesting plants.
I know the project is probably going to take at least another year to finish as I am not getting any younger and the going gets to be rough at times. Still it is a labor of love.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A little touch of green

Green Primrose
Tasman Tiger -  Euphorbia
Greenish Tulips

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A handsome bird indeed

A large, robin-like thrush of the Pacific Northwest, the Varied Thrush is a characteristic bird of the mature, dark coniferous forests. Wandering individuals turn up regularly far from home, wintering around feeders in the midwestern states.

Friday, April 20, 2012

At last, I can believe Spring is here

Japanese Maple unfurling it's leaves.

Potted fern showing off it's pretty fronds.

The "can't kill it" rose.
I thought I had dug all of this rose out and moved it elsewhere, obviously I missed some of it and it is growing more vigorously than ever. Well, I will give it a trellis to climb, and leave it there, as it seems so determined.

Hellebores, primroses, grape hyacinths, ferns, daffodils, a toad lily, astillbe, and a couple of other plants share this small garden spot.

Tulips almost ready to explode into a riot of color.

Every day, when I go and look at the front garden, I notice another plant pushing up out of the soil. Very soon the whole area will be filled with all kinds of plants ready to send forth pretty flowers or interesting foliage.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I am so glad I have an easy care veggie garden spot

I have not done a whole lot of gardening yet, due to a long cool Spring, but there sure is promise of a good season ahead from the little I have accomplished.

The blueberry bushes have benefited from their feeding and if all goes well, we should have a bumper crop of blueberries this year.

I had to add the arrows to at least point out that there are teeny tiny plants starting to grow. So far there is one lonely little pea plant, top of picture, a few lettuce seeds have sprouted, center, and spinach along lower edge of tire.

I am looking forward to another bumper crop of strawberries this year.