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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Nothing to shake a stick at

Not exactly sure what the heck this post title means but I like it!!
Anyway this is my first spring post.

Most days seem to be like this. Looking out the window at a wet bird.

But then things pick up....
Had some sun today and TIME to take picks and do a little tidying.
Yay ! Signs of life !
I know, I know...gotta prune that dead stuff!

Looks like tulips will be doing their thing soon.

Remainder of my crocuses that the squirrels didn't chew up for some reason.

Seeing the columbine for the first time that were started from seed years ago makes me happy.

Chives are an herb, right? Can't wait for them to flower.

Daffodils are in no hurry to open. But then's pretty shady where they sit.

Love the red on the Red Tip Photinia x fraseri.

Montauk Daisies. New last year,hope they like where they're planted.

Had to look this one up...sorta new. Willow, Dappled 'On Standard' Salix 'Hakuro Nishiki'.
I think from now on I'll just call it Willow. :)



And Every Where

Wish there was more color going on. So HAD to pick up these pansies.
I guess it's a good start after all or worth shaking a stick at.

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”
Ansel Adams



  1. Lovely pictures depicting the season!

  2. Holy smokes! Your hostas are huge! They look fabulous!

  3. Those pansies are so pretty in that pot, and all that new growth is certainly nothing to shake a stick at :)
    I heard a tufted titmouse singing beautifully today. His song is new to me. Lovely!
    Happy spring, Patsi!

  4. All the fabulous signs of spring, makes a person feel so good.

  5. It looks like things are waking up nicely! I love to look at what others grow- beautiful spring!

  6. Patsi .. you are w ee bit ahead of me girl ! .. I think I may have to resort to pansies too for a bit of colour .. heck, everyone should have some pansies right ? LOL

  7. Patsi -- It's looking like spring! I've planted a few of the seeds you gave me since we're into mild nights and warm days with rainfall.


  8. My Hostas aren't poppin up yet here in Chicago. I'm jealous!
    "nothing to shake a stick at" so funny, my Grandfather used to say that. You shake a stick at something you want to go away (ex: dog) so I agree, these plants coming up are Nothing To Shake a Stick At !

  9. Great photos. Your plants are a little ahead of mine. Every day I look for signs but so far only a few bulb leaves, daylily leaves and the sedum. No hosta yet.

  10. It is so fun seeing things come up in our gardens in springtime. I love looking at other gardens also. You'll have a lot of hostas! Cool.

  11. Patsi:
    You will love the standard Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki' - especially when the pink catkins are in their glory.... they are amazing when backlit with the variegated foliage.... trim it back in early summer for a later flush of colour. I have the exact same in my front yard, and also as a shrub! You've got some wonderful signs of new growth.... my garden is still in a state of animated slumber!

  12. Sheila and Tina,
    Thanks so much.
    I have to check out the tuffted titmouse's song.
    Don't remember hearing it myself.
    KeeWee and Tessa,
    Yay Spring !!
    Just go shopping !
    Hope the seeds work out for you.
    I'm late with mine ...just started yesterday.

  13. Wow, you have a lot of things coming up in your garden. Cannot wait to see pictures this summer.Your crocus are so pretty.

  14. Debbie,
    Odd as it may be ...Just like those old sayings.
    Asked my husband's dad and he say it means "nothing special". Looked it up at google and got both meanings.
    Hostas are only up in sunny areas(6 hours sun). Shade will be later.
    Mucho hostas !!
    Can't wait. Thanks for the info.
    Forgot your name..sorry.
    It's a start.

  15. Loved the Ansel Adams quote, Patsi. Yes, chives are herbs ~ try folding the blossoms over in a memorable omelet ... your pansies look mighty tasty too :) (think my last comment was eaten)

  16. My hostas are still way under ground.
    My Mum-in-Law always said the squirrels
    don't like the white and yellow crocus as
    much as they do the blue. ;-)

  17. My columbines are up a little more than yours, but everything else of yours is a little ahead of mine. Oh, the chives are about the same, and I chopped some into a potato dish the other day.

    We are supposed to get snow this weekend. I hope the forecast is wrong. I'd like rain, though.

  18. Hi Patsi, hooray for all the signs of spring, and there are so many, in your neck of the woods. Poor wet birdies though. Once things start to pop there, they really go fast! Happy happy days ahead.

  19. Congratulations to all signs of Spring! How I would have loved having Hostas here, there and everywhere! They look terrific!

  20. Hi Patsi...., lovely photos ... cheers! ~ bangchik

  21. Joey,
    That's right they are eatable.Funny girl. :)
    Funny I think she's right. My blue ones in front get eaten every year. Now that's just strange!
    You must have more full than we do. Maybe it's those microclimates. Snow again?
    The birds do look a little sad when it rains but I can hear them trying to mate the rest of the time.:)
    You must have hostas...don't they grow everywhere?
    Bangchik and Kakdah,
    Come by again.

  22. Oh, wow, Spring is looking oh so promising in your garden! Who knew tulips were so pretty just poking up out of the ground. I could spend a whole day just doing macro shots of the sprouting things. PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Genie,
    That's a good idea with the macro shots.
    Go for it!

  24. Hi Patsi, I have the Hakura Nishiki/Dappled Willow, too. The leaves so pretty in the early Spring. I don't know a thing about your Red Tip... It's pretty, though!


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