The hummingbird and I

Sweeping up, trimming dead leaves, feeding, transplanting…. I love it all. This afternoon I managed to spend a few hours working in the garden and though I accomplished only a fraction of what’s needing done, every little bit helps, right? Back and forth I went from the greenhouse to the strawberry barrels, from the garage to the patio, carrying blood meal or seaweed food, a lavender plant in a pot, the pruners or a trowel or a trug in which to put the trimmings.

In the morning before I even came downstairs I was listening to the birds, and when I looked out the window of my bedroom I got a nice view of the snowball bush that has begin to bloom. And when I aimed my camera a little bit to the right of that, it shows you the table where we will sit over tea when you come to visit. After touring the garden, of course!

As I was eating my breakfast I noticed a hummingbird checking out the Pride of Madeira, or echium candicans — that’s because the blue flowers have finally started to open!! I hope lots more flowers will follow, to fill out the bloom properly.

Both kinds of rockrose, cistus, have opened now, and both are heartmelting:

Below, heuchera and blue-eyed grass:

My big rose geranium that I keep by the back door, in hopes that I will brush against it when I pass by and catch some of its scent, was terribly overgrown and gangly. I trimmed it severely and brought in a few stems to put with pincushion flowers on the kitchen counter.

All that was in the back garden. When the light was waning, and I had put away my garden tools but not my camera, I went to the front and saw that in the last day an asparagus stalk had suddenly made a sharp turn and was coming on to the sea holly.

Isn’t he a brave fellow to cozy up to such a prickly girl?

I missed my walks by the creek today, and visits with weeds. I don’t have to work hard to enjoy those wild plants; they take care of themselves and I never have a thought to remove them from wherever they are growing. But they also aren’t as satisfying to me as all my demanding cultivated flowers and vegetables! I’m looking forward to more work and pleasure tomorrow.

10 thoughts on “The hummingbird and I

  1. I loved seeing the beauties that are blooming in your garden right now, and to see your lovely space from above. Very nice. I would enjoy spending time with your over a cup of tea.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

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  2. I am having a current obsession with sea holly. I have to plant some this year. I love seeing that picture of them. Your yard looks lovely. I have mine almost under control for this week. 🙂 I am sure enjoying it.
    Have a lovely day.

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  3. Oh doesn’t that look wonderful! What a beautifully curated garden you have! The flowers are beautiful and yes please, tea at the table would be fabulous!

    Ha ha “Isn’t he a brave fellow to cozy up to such a prickly girl?”- such a funny and apt comment to make!

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  4. Is that yarrow near your sea holly? It is very amusing to see how the asparagus can’t resist cozying up to it. And, are those onions on the ground near the pincushion flowers? It’s a very pretty (and well-tended!) garden.

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  5. Your garden is full of delight these days. I’m hoping to get out into mine soon, in spite of the weekend forecast of rain and chilly temperatures. They won’t last forever.

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  6. Oh, now it’s my turn to be envious. Your sea holly (which I believe we decided was the same as our eryngo) is months ahead of ours, which usually begins to bloom in August or so. Of course, now that I think about it, that may be months, but it’s only three months. I shall try to be patient!

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