A Colorful, Happy Spring Bounty

As I monitor my fellow blog posse’s sites I see that this year appears to be a rather good one for plants and wildlife. So in that spirit I thought I’d take some shots of the very happy, healthy plant life around Casa du Glassa.

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The new gnome was purchased to get little Amber (4 years old now) started in gardening. The purple bushes are so happy this year I couldn’t resist including a picture of them. And the weather vane has survived another year. (There’s a funny, okay not so funny story, about me installing that a number of years ago.) It’s crooked now but I’ll be damned if I’m going up there again.

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The lilacs are sooo happy this year. This picture is after I’ve used many cuttings to bring the lovely fragrance into the house. The miniature Japanese maples (middle picture in purple) grow like weeds here. And the bushes with the white flowers grow with no irrigation or fertilizer. The carriage post flowers were added three years ago after the heather died because the kids kept trampling on it. This stuff grows like a weed too and needs no attention from me.

The lawn will go dormant in a month or so as I don’t water the yard. The months of July – September are very hot and dry which is often described as a Mediterranean climate. I have a lawn guy who is very good BTW. I will often tweak the yard by pulling weeds or trimming beyond what the lawn guy does, but I don’t really do that much to the yard. And the back yard is still a work in progress as in eight years I’ve tried various experiments and gardens to no avail. But there are five fruit trees back there.

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About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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12 Responses to A Colorful, Happy Spring Bounty

  1. Beth says:

    You have a lovely home and the plants and shrubs are really nice.

  2. Rambling says:

    Casa Du Glassa.  Love it.
     
    The grounds are very pretty.  I’m glad you included a photo of the plants as most of we in your posse have for your delectation.  :-)
     
    What are the happy purple bushes?  And I am particularly fond of the Japanese Maples.  I’ll be around in the middle of the night to, um, enjoy them better.  Where’s my shovel?  Hmm….

  3. daphne says:

    oh – if only we could smell through the internet – the lilacs look so beautiful. I love your maples, they don’t do very well here. Weeds on the other hand… spring has really started and we are slowly entering summer. Strawberry season!love, daphne

  4. JaAG says:

    Carole, interesting that you say that. Suzy was a little more than frustrated when the bushes kept creeping into the miniature Japanese maple trees. So she asked about removing them. The lawn guy laughed and said that they were now (eight years after planting them) now worth over $1000 a piece!
     
    Daphne, strawberries and raspberries… sooo good.

  5. JaAG says:

    Beth, I was concerned that people would comment on my passion for the color purple. ;o)
     
    Carole, btw I have a landscape drawing of the plants in the yard in my garage. So I should be able to figure out what the purple bushes are called.

  6. Lizzie-Beth4Him says:

    Such beautiful landscaping…that suits your lovely home so well.   I do love Lilacs… and Ken is particularly fond of Japanese Maples.  Thought it was sweet that you put the knome in to attract your granddaughter Amber to gardening.

  7. _ says:

    I’m very envious. I opted to keep my dog and give up having grass, or any bush that she could chew on like the miniature azaleas. Or a flat landscape without holes. Maybe I should turn it into a putting green, um, brown.

  8. Scottishpeace says:

    Wow…What a lovely garden. And a gnome! We have gnomes, too!!! However, are garden is not as lovely as yours.

  9. Scottishpeace says:

    Oops…I meant to say OUR garden (husband’s and my) is not as lovely as yours. That "are" previously posted might be taken as a pirate word…You know,:"Arrh, avast maties!" Thanks as always for posting on my blog. Thanks also for your service in the military.

  10. Scottishpeace says:

    Oops…I meant to say OUR garden (husband’s and my) is not as lovely as yours. That "are" previously posted might be taken as a pirate word…You know,:"Arrh, avast maties!" Thanks as always for posting on my blog. Thanks also for your service in the military.

  11. JaAG says:

    Carole, the bush in question is called a red-leaved Japanese Barberry. :o)

  12. Helen says:

    I’m thinking The Potato Heads would like to meet your gnome. Does he play sax by chance?

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