Friday, June 1, 2012

I'm Still Here!

Quilting has truly taken a back seat in my current life as a new Master Gardener in training. The classes were interesting, and I have passed the exam.

I've been getting really dirty, digging, moving plants, planting new ones, and having an absolutely wonderful time. The other day when I was taking a short rest from some serious digging, an inspiration for a quilt, actually hit me.  When the idea strikes really hard like this one, it means that I should actually get going and make something. All this has happened and my beloved coneflowers and black eyed susans aren't even blooming yet.

I was looking at my clump of poppies which were magnificent until it rained the other day.  Each year there are more and more flowers.  How can one not be inspired?

Look at the strong orange color, and the purple Siberian iris behind them

Also while I was resting I happened to look at the wild columbine that are blooming in the front yard.  I almost pulled them out last week because they make the garden look kind of ratty!  And a little humming bird came back 3 or 4 times to drink their nectar.  What a treat to watch.
This is the wild variety of columbine that grows in my yard. It isn't the most lush and beautiful plant!

Here is a closeup of the delicate little red and yellow flowers.  No wonder the hummingbirds love them.

Last year I posted about the world's most expensive free rose bush. This is its' third year or maybe fourth. Because of the ultra mild spring it is blooming profusely.
This is how the bush looked last spring, with my son's hockey sticks holding it up.

Here it is in all it's glory this spring 2012.  You can still see a hockey stick!

The jack in the pulpits are huge.  There must be many varieties, because I have one that is almost waist high and others as high as about 12 inches. They are amazing.
Look closely, and you will see Jack in the Pulpit. This one is about 24 inches tall.

The big news, is that after 5 or 6 years my hydrangea bush is going to bloom.  It has taken the right amount of sun/shade and patience.  Finally I've found both. You will have to wait to see a photo of this plant.

Anyhow, this is my first season as a Master Gardener. I am taking advantage of this new found energy for this muddy hard work.  It is so inspiring, thinking about the flowers and leaves that will grow; and very healthy and healing to work hard outside in cooperation with mother nature.  So all I can do is try and harness this new energy, work with it, and hopefully come up with some really inspired pieces.  This will happen when the mosquitoes come out or perhaps when the weather turns cold in the fall.  All I can do is dig stuff and see what happens. Quilting will have to wait, life is too exciting in my garden.



Ruth said...

How lovely! The poppies surely would be an inspiration. I don't have much of a green thumb, but do appreciate and love pretty gardens. My DIL would probably like to go for being a master gardener. She LOVES to garden!

SUSAN said...

I used to grow those red poppies for years. Reminds me of the sad WWI poem my grandfather recited to us....." In Flanders field the poppies grow..." . Your poppies are stunning and would be another gorgeous quilt by you!61

Rachel said...

Love the orange and purple combination. I have that color scheme right now also with asiatic lilies and some mystery purple flowers. Lovely garden photos.