Now that everything is cleaned out upstairs in my sniff-boxer everything BUT the stink smells is intensifying. This is good, because I worried that maybe I was smelling a dilute version of ALL things, not just the foul. If you're wondering if this morning I stroked the side of my coffee cup, eyes closed, a smile on my face, you'd be right. <3 When my gardenia and ginger plants bloom later this year, I might just stroke out from the happiness of the Full Bodied Flavor of Flower.
Speaking of flowers, I took some pictures of the first blooms showing up in my garden. (Not too image heavy - six pics)
With quince all a'flower and peach blossoms a'bower'd
And mountain laurel all a'glow.
My bluebonnets grown from seed - they've almost been evergreen for me. I've had the leaves for months. One of my all-time faves, and not just because it's my state's flower. The blue is electric when it's all blossomed out.
Some Dutch iris a friend gave me that I just can't seem to get rid of. There's nothing wrong with it, I just need to add the blue/yellow variety alongside it so the faint blue in this variety pops a bit more. Hardy as hell. I'm a big fan of bulbs.
My flowering quince that came with me from our old house. I've since pulled off some babies and transplanted them - this is supposed to flower first, then leaf out, but it does it backwards every year. My guess is how quickly we warm up is the culprit. I loooooove the apricot color of the blossoms. There's a blue juniper behind it, and it looks so pretty in contrast.
My mountain laurel. This is a slow grower (it's grown two inches in two years) but it doesn't need anything. Plus, the blossoms smell like Grape Nehi, I swear. <3
Our weetiny peach tree in the back. The mockingbirds got to the peaches first last year, so this year I will fool them with netting. Fortunately the tree is still shorter than me, so that won't be a hassle to do. (I bought some cheap-o netting for 80s style dresses at a fabric shop for pennies on the dollar. Way cheaper than the landscape netting.) Next year this will be moved and espaliered against a new fence we plan on building.
And lastly, our saucer magnolia. It's a humdrum tree once it leafs out, but in spring? These huge fuchsia blossoms are so pretty. I moved this from an inconspicuous corner in the back yard to up front by my fountain (which also was moved.)
I see all the other plants budding or leafing out and I'm getting all aflutter for plants and blossoms because I am a dork.
Am I the only one aside from janedavitt that is watching Chuck? One little thing last night that I loved was Chuck tailing the scientist, then dropping to a knee to fake-tie his laces on his cast. Little things like that crack me up. The "will they/won't they" aspect of the show is getting weary, but I still like it.
I want some creamy soup for lunch today. Mmmm and crusty bread. Suggestions?