Monday, April 23, 2012

My Achy-Breaky Body

WELL GUESS WHAT folks. We here in the Pacific Northwest were blessed with a weekend of delicious sunshine and warm temperatures! Finally, I was able tackle the garden cleanup from last winter. Yes. I'm way behind but I made great strides and tonight my body is paying for it. Here are a few of my sightings. 

'Georgia Peach' Heuchera is coming out of hibernation.

The dandelions are making good headway. 

Daphne 'Summer Ice' is fragrancing the air. 

This pretty pink lilac is just starting to add to the allure. 

Lonicera tatarica 'Arnold's Promise' is aglow. 

The Crab Apples are just stunning right now. 

Weeds or wildflowers? I say weedy-wildflowers. 

I can't remember the name of this Jacob's Ladder. 

Silene (PINK)

Scabiosa 'Beaujolais Bonnets' bit the dust. And it was a MILD winter. Grrrr.

Phlox 

Sorry. It's a bit blurry... This is Spiraea something or other, almost in bloom. 

One of my tasks this weekend was to yank ivy from one of my fences.
I saw this on a drive-by recently.
My sentiments exactly!
STOP GROWING!
Hope you all are enjoying your springy gardens.

31 comments:

Darla said...

Oh but you are a good achy right? That Georgia Peach is a great color. Looks like there is a couple of healthy clumps of something or other behind it too...do you really let the dandelions grow and seed in your gardens? I like the wild violets in your container. I let most of mine just grow wherever. What in the world happened to your Scabiosa? Mine is new to me this year and I want to treat it right. All your pink buds and blooms look happy. Oh and that ivy...looks like our side porch....a task I'm not looking forward to.

scottweberpdx said...

I feel your pain about the Scabiousa, I think all of my Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' croaked as well...some plants need more of a chill, I guess :-(

Casa Mariposa said...

The silene is called 'Rolly's Favorite'. As for weeds, I try to spend a few minutes every day on weed patrol and pull 'em out while they're tiny. Plus, I spread a lot of mulch. This is my first season with the River Mist so I hope they still look good in August! LOVE your spirea 'Something or Other'. :o) I added Georgia Peach to the garden this spring and I can hardly wait till mine look as good as yours do!

Anna said...

Hope that the aches and pains are easing Grace. Have forgotten what sunshine looks like so please send some this way. We have those dandy lions on this side of the pond too :)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Gracie girl that was wonderful for you to get out in the garden ! Garden Therapy is always the best even with the achy bits happening .. it will be a while before I can with our weird and wicked weather turned back to winter .. Wednesday I might get something done .. but the out look is still cold and gray and wet .. did I complain about the dryness at one point ? haha
Your poor scabiosa .. what on earth happened ! .. I love those little violets : ) and Georgia Peach !! I hope mine looks like that too .. when we get a bit of sun so I can actually see it ? haha
Wow .. take a look at that ivy swallowing the stop sign .. now that is too funny ! wink wink
Joy

Rebecca said...

After some very encouraging (warm) weather, we are experiencing high winds and much cold here presently. It's kind of hard to stay in the gardening groove - though we've had some early WONDERFUL weather....

You're right! Your dandelions are doing quite well :) And I call the wild violets "flowers". They are so sweet!

Alison said...

I've had the feeling lately with all this sun that I am way behind, but to tell the truth I think I'm nearly caught up. I had a few wonderful days out in the garden, planting a lot of the stuff in my pot ghetto. I've made a vow not to buy anything more until they're planted. Bummer about the scabiosa, it was a pretty flower. I have heard that they are not very long-lived perennials anyway. I try to stay on top of the weeds by pulling a few every time I see them.

I am quite achy too, hope your aches ease a bit. I'm always fine until I stop, and then everything seizes up.

greggo said...

I gave up on Scabiosa two years ago. So nice yet so frustrating.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

You are right, Grace - what beautiful weather we have! I am also a bit late with my spring chores. It was too cold and wet to work outside!
What an interesting Jacob's Ladder! I've never seen a pink one, only white. I thought about you recently when we were driving back home from Waldport where we spent our spring break. It was cool and wet! But, the ocean is always great! Thank you for your kind comments on my posts and for the vote!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

There needs to be some sort of exercise program to get our bodies back into gardening shape. I'm always in pain after the first couple of times back working in the garden. At least it's for a good cause. Your crabapples are ahead of us here. The church by us has a big row of old ones that I always watch for.
I lost Beaujoulais bonnets that I had too, it must not be very hardy. Too bad cause it's so pretty.

Heather McBride said...

Grace, Your pictures are stunning...and I love the stop sign. I need one next to a few blackberries trying to eat a rose bush. :)

Heather McBride said...

Stunning photos! I need a stop sign for a few blackberries trying to eat a rose bush. :)

Lona said...

What Stop sigh? LOL! It will soon disappear.
The Georgia Peach huechera are so pretty this time of the year when they are starting to leaf out.
If you need more dandelions let me know I have plenty. LOL! Those wild violets find a way into the garden somehow.
Your Daphne is so lovely Grace. Your garden must look so lovely with all of those pink blooms coming on.

HolleyGarden said...

That stop sign made me laugh! Sorry to hear about your aches. Maybe it's time to sit down and just enjoy the garden for a while. My sister called me the other day - she said "I went outside and pulled a few weeds, and I am so sore I can't walk! How do you do it???!" haha I told her that gardening takes a lot of muscles you didn't know you had!

linniew said...

You have phlox blooms already! And I love your dandelion shot. I hope you enjoyed the gardening even. I totally relate to the sore muscles--

Diana said...

love your sense of humor (dandelions don't miss a beat do they?), and the Daphne has filled the air for weeks now... perhaps I should plant a few more. ;) enjoy your day, Grace... headed back out for a little more punishment mesef...

Karen said...

Hi Grace,

Your 'Georgia Peach' IS a beauty!
When getting ready to do "Big work" in the garden" I stretch a lot like I do before I workout at the gym...it seems to tell this ole body "get ready!" lol

ricki 'sprig to twig' said...

Lots of soaking in hot tubs Sunday evening, I bet.

Three on Grove said...

Haha, that last one is perfect! Love your flowers--I always learn new plants when I visit your blog! Great photos! Hope you are doing well!

Mindy said...

Oh man, I'm feeling the achy bones too after the weekend. But, oh it's a good ache. :)
I want that Jacob's Ladder. I tried it again last year and it didn't do much. I spotted a teeny tiny bit of green coming on it, but I don't have high hopes.
Those violets are definitely weedy, but they're just so dang happy, I don't have the heart to pull them.

Debra Howard said...

What beautiful blooms. Looks like spring is well on its way at your house. That ivy growing on the stop sign. Someone needs to save that poor sign. lol.
Debbie

keewee said...

Grace, my body was complaining too, and I was whining about all the rain when I wanted to be outside today, but I must say, the enforced rest will do me good. Suppose I will have to catch up on the housework. *groan*

MrsLittleJeans said...

Hi Grace...wow...flowers...thank you for your visit, my goodness how can one be so busy. I will update your blog address. Sending you love! xx

Corner Gardener Sue said...

You have some great looking blooms! I have some weedy wildflowers, too. I like your thoughts on that. I hope you have been able to spend more time in the garden.

Aerie-el said...

What beautiful blooms! That 'Georgia Peach' is a peach of a Heuchera. I'd take those weedy-wildflowers over shot weed (aka hairy bittercress) any day! Looks like another good weekend is coming our way, yay!

Kim and Victoria said...

We've gotten lots of gardening done in this nice weather (now it's all rain). That last pic reminds me, I need to do some ivy yanking also.
And the dandelions, they never seem to give up, do they? I have yet to see my Beaujolais Bonnet show up either.

MulchMaid said...

No pain, no gain, is what I tell myself after I overdo it in the garden. I love that you included your crop of dandelions! At least yours are where you can get them out easily, unlike mine which are all hunkered down in the lawn. You have some stunning color right now. I especially like the color change as the crab apple blossoms open. It looks like another good spring for them!

Kathleen said...

Yay for sunshine & nice weather! So glad you were able to work in the garden Grace. I hear you on the aches & pains ~ I never "ease" into it tho so maybe that's why?? You will have it back in glorious shape soon, I just know. Cheers!

Donna said...

Grace, lovely garden images. Funny on the last one too. I am about where you are with the dandelion. I just cannot keep on top of them. Yesterday, I was digging out daylily to get to the dandelion in the middle of the clumps. They are like little ninjas and are literally and physically defeating me. I have to get to my ivy too. Phew, your post made me tired thinking about these pain in the neck chores.

bakingbarb said...

Oh achy is right, I'm right there with you.
Love all the beautiful spring color, I see your dandelions and I raise you a creeping buttercup.

Shyrlene said...

The Daphne 'Summer Ice' is exceptional - everything about it. There is no doubt this Winter/Spring season is the most bizarre ever. Warm March, cold-windy-dry April, then rainy weekends ever since?!? There are "ginormous" weeds everywhere and Maple tree 'helicopters' rooting in to start the seasonal saplings. Arg !!!