Would love to be posting pictures I took today of pretty azalea blooms in my courtyard, a few irises, along with some freshly potted blooming annuals to sit about here and there in the courtyard. You know - Spiffing everything up for Easter! Nope ! Not happening here. Another dark,dreary, and cold day. However, I am very thankful that my area is not getting the snow that so many in other parts of the country are still getting.
The vinca vine (yes - that invasive, irritating plant) has only managed to produce a couple of blooms so far. That alone, tells me how slow Spring is "springing" this year.
I have always heard to wait until the week after Easter to buy/plant the annuals - guess I should be patient and do so....
Pictures I took 4/5/09 and Easter was 4/12/09, and the plants ended up vacationing in my dining area when the temps dropped unexpectedly...
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2010 - a repeat performance.. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Of course last year was an exception - Spring came early and stayed around.
Pictures taken March 25, 2012 - Easter April 8, 2012
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So bottom line - as hard as it is, I am trying not to buy/plant to early this year.
What does the courtyard look like as I type? Gray, dreary, nothing in bloom and we won't even talk about the the mess the birds that ate the berries made when having a party in the trees above.
May have missed a good sale : Have not been to a good estate/flea market/junkin sale in some time now, so scanned thru the estate sale listings last Saturday, and saw nothing promising. Wellll-----I messed up ! Either one was late loading the pictures or I was "a sleep on the job". Sunday afternoon, I checked to see what was coming up next couple of weeks and saw one ending that afternoon!! Lots of old/vintage bling - but a problem! Only a few minutes til it closed - no way could I get there in time. But then there may not have been much left either. I have really gotten out of practice hitting the sales.
Just another Dab of This and That Ramble....
The sky is blue, the sun is shining, it is 66 climbing to 76 today, so this is a short post - and I am out of here to soak up some vitamin D. Will check back later.
Update: Worked outside and took an enjoyable walk - the warm sun felt good. Came in, had lunch and checked email, then noticed a robin setting very still under a chair in the courtyard. Was concerned as it appeared to be immobile at first. Grabbed camera and this was the best shot I could get as it flew away when I walked up to the door.....
Maybe just tired from building a nest for the next generation ??
Have a great weekend!
Spent some time doing Winter clean up in the courtyard this morning. Still a few weeks to go, but looking forward to getting some flowers potted to add pretty color. Looked back at some pictures I took this time last year and my azaleas were in bloom. 3/19 is less than 2 weeks away - looking forward to a repeat performance.
Doing the "Happy Dance" Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend!!! More daylight!!
What ever your plans, hope you are enjoying the weekend and looking forward to a great week ahead!