Friday’s Ramblings ~ I’m pretty sure it’s Friday, no?!

The days seem to blur into one another when you are suddenly the only one in the office doing the work of what two people did before. I’m pretty sure it’s Friday.

We woke up to snow on the valley floor this morning. You’d think after 29 years of living in Northern Nevada that I’d get used to spring-time in Nevada. But I’m really getting tired of snow dumping on my blooming flowers and trees.

Weeping Cherry about to blossom out ~

Weeping Cherry about to blossom out ~

Am hoping that the Weeping Cherry made it through all the rain last night and snow this morning.

Looking up into my Weeping Cherry.

Looking up into my Weeping Cherry.

Still playing in the front yard ~ Here’s what the front corner looked like it all the stages since last summer thru last weekend.

Corner with Junipers from Hell.

Corner with Junipers from Hell.

Front Corner Today with Blue Atlas Cedar, iris, heather, lilac, lavender

Front Corner Today with Blue Atlas Cedar, iris, heather, lilac, lavender

Next was getting rid of a cedar type of shurb to make room for 3 Blueberry bushes, 1 Elderberry bush and a place for an herb garden.

Making room for berries and herbs.

Making room for berries and herbs.

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Soon to be Herb Garden with berries.

Soon to be Herb Garden with berries.

I also planted the LEMON QUEEN SUNFLOWER SEEDS in the corner and against the fence.

The pelican? It’s cut from some heavy metal…I found it at a local yard sale earlier in March. A guy had about 4 of them that he made for some local business that decided not to take them after all. I love pelicans so I got one for $5.

Our Canada Goose Mama is back…she makes her nest outside of our building, on the second floor…on a ledge! Every year…same place. Every year we take the babies down to the court yard when they’re big enough.

Mama Canada Goose

Mama Canada Goose

Living on the Edge!

Living on the Edge!

While walking into work yesterday morning there was this plant…am thinking it’s some sort of holly. Very pretty yellow flowers. UPDATE ~ Maybe it’s a Mahonia.

Holly of some sort??

Holly of some sort??

And a parting shot of some of the quail that come to feed in my yard ~

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Gardens in Prose & Pictures

I’ve been busy trying to keep up here in the office…taking budget classes and whatnot. So I’m going to put down a few sayings and some poetry on gardens and gardeners…then throw in a few of my pictures I’ve taken throughout the last few years.

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Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden ~ Orson Scott Card

All my hurts…My garden can heal ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth ~ Dorothy Frances Gurney

Earth laughs in flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error. ~ Sara Stein

…the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to
the wants of man, spread his walks with flowers, and
his table with plenty; returns with interest, every good
committed to her care ~ Pliny the Elder

Yes, in the poor man’s garden grow
Far more than herbs and flowers –
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,
And joy for weary hours ~ Mary Howitt

A real gardener is not a man who cultivates
flowers; he is a man who cultivates the
soil…If he came into the Garden of Eden
he would sniff excitedly and say:
‘GOOD LORD, WHAT HUMMUS!’ ~ Karel Capek

A garden is like those pernicious machineries
which catch a man’s coat-skirt or his hand,
and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole
body to irresitible destruction ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere ~ Vincent van Gogh

Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees ~ Anne Raver

With tumbled hair of swarms of bees,
and flower-robes dancing in the breeze,
With sweet, unsteady lotus-glances,
Intoxicated, Spring advances ~ Sanskrit poem

‘To get the best results you must talk to your vegetables’ ~ Prince Charles

Gardening can become a kind of disease. It infects you’ you can not escape it.
When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden;
you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresitble impluse
to get up and pull a weed ~ Lewis Gannit

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there,
a hive for the honey-bee,
and live alone in the bee-loud glade ~ W.B. Yeats

What is a weed? A plant whose virtures have not yet been discovered ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~ H. Fred Ale

Even if something is left undone,
everyone must take time to sit still
and watch the leaves turn ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~ Mirabel Osler

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. ~ Author Unknown

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~ Marcelene Cox