Friday, May 18, 2012

Gardens

The other morning we had fog. When I stepped out onto the porch to get the newspaper, I felt like I was in Jurassic Park. The air was all thick and prehistoric. Plus everything is so green from our front porch.
The hollyhocks are growing tall with hand-sized green leaves stretching over the edge of the porch. A couple of lavender bushes peek over the front of the porch. The ivy rolls down the front hill toward the rock walled garden that edges the sidewalk. And when I looked down at the garden, I was pleased that even though most of the irises have finished blooming, I could still see color. Columbine in purple and yellow dripping down. A green shoot stretched toward the sky with tiny white bell flowers dripping down from it.
And then I saw a color that I didn't expect to see it. It was another garden surprise, like the one last year where I had planted gladiolus bulbs the autumn before then forgot about them. So when the gladiolus bloomed, they thrilled me. They sprang up in such a variety of colors.
I ventured down to the garden, knowing it was too early for the gladiolus to make their appearance, and there I saw a delicately cupped poppy in the most gorgeous pinky-peach color, and other green bulbs on the stem were ready to burst into color too. I was thrilled.
Look at the purple inside. The picture doesn't do it justice, so you'll have to take my word. And I had just been wondering why I didn't have any poppies in my garden. They add so much color. I guess I planted these last year. Good thing my memory is going, so the garden can keep surprising me.

7 comments:

judi said...

love those poppies! come on over and plant some in my garden.

Linda said...

I love walking out and finding fog-probably because I was raised in the Southwest and never saw it. I love poppies too.

edgar said...

Garden, well tended, gives joyful surprises, which you experienced. You have a large garden with plenty of plants and flowers that brings daily elations.

Since we live in a condo now we only have a tiny space on the where Cheri planted birds of paradise and roses. There is a small palm tree on a barrel. 2 days ago she planted small summer flowers.

Paulita said...

Judi, I'd be happy to plant poppies in your garden, but I know you're a master gardener, so I'd be embarassed at my lack of knowledge.
Linda, The fog is nice sometimes. I don't think I'd want to live someplace that's always foggy though.
Edgar, I love birds of paradise. I tried to have those in my June wedding, but the florist in Kentucky couldn't get them.

Eugenia O'Neal said...

I love good garden surprises! Your garden looks beautiful, very lush.

I like hollyhocks and have, in a fit of madness, tried to grow them here. The seeds germinate but eventually the seedlings die. I would so love to look outside and see chocolate hollyhocks.

Paulita said...

Eugenia, I've never heard of chocolate hollyhocks. The ones I have are usually white, pale pink, brighter pink or a dark burgundy.

Christine Harding said...

Beautiful pictures. Your garden sounds lovely.

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