Spring Forward…………daylight savings time…….more sunlight in the evenings to drink wine on the deck, that’s what I say! Those poor souls in Arizona don’t know what they are missing! Even though it is always an adjustmentnt for me to let this one hour lapse from my life and try to change my circadian rhythm to mirror an artificially imposed rule, I do enjoy more sunlight, especially since I work in a place with no windows (who thought that was a good idea anyways??!!!?). Daylight savings time is not a new notion and was first discussed by Benjamin Franklin and first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895. To me it means that Spring is exerting her power to once again posses us. I must say, the Tin Man does feel the need for some oil on the joints after the dark, damp winter!
Something is squeeking as I walk up the hills!
I have wandered about the yard (10 acres of it) today and tried to capture some of the beauty that I now get to enjoy with my extra hour of sunlight. While enjoying the photos (at least I hope you do!), please reflect on these wonderful quotes:
“I enjoy spring more than autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older”
Virginia Woolf. Jacob’s Room
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
“A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”
and to follow that…………
“At my age flowers scare me.”
- Marigolds…………the Natural Pesticide
- Beautiful Four Nerve Daisies
- Red Bud Tree at a Distance
- Peach Tree promises a Big Harvest…unless the squirrels get them again!
- Mountain Laurel …….. Love the Grape Cluster Flowers
- Lone Survivor from Last Year’s Drought
- …..just love this color combination
- Orchids Abound
- The ever beautiful Larkspur
- Iris in Full Bloom……original rhizomes from my Great-Great Grandmother
- Pear Tree is FULL of Baby Pears
- Borage for the Bees
- Agave Plant………Let’s Make Some Tequila
Napping in the Sun
We garden year round and have had the most severe drought last Summer with over a month of temperatures over 100 degrees and absolutely no rain. The National Weather Service considered our area in a CRITICAL drought! Our poor garden was frying. The vegetables actually cooked right on the bushes. Elmer watches over the garden and worked and worked to keep it alive, along with his helpers!
Well his efforts paid off we are still eating the wonderful squash, onions and sweet potatoes from last year’s harvest!
Now we are enjoying fresh brocoli, cauliflower, fennel, kale, asparagus and lots of wonderful German lettuce!
The flowers are all a bloom! Even the Redbud trees are budding…….a sure sign of Spring…….in February! I fear a big freeze will come and slap all these optimistic plants upside the head.
The Chili Pequin continues to bear fruit all through this winter! He is determined to out live any frost, drought or wimpy gringo!
……and of course, the Lady Rosemary continues to flourish under any circumstance….
The Borage is full of bees. We always keep this wonderful, watermelon flavored herb all over the garden for the pleasure of our wonderful bees, who keep our earth alive.