Category: cottage garden

may flowers

April showers were few and far between in California’s Central Valley this Spring. Never mind. May flowers are showing up gloriously in our garden. Sometimes the garden is all work and no play. Mr. Lebsock handles the work with grace and joy. Often he brings me the gorgeous rewards of his hard work. What a…

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orchids ’21

There has been a greenhouse in Mr. L’s garden every place we’ve ever lived. And, in that greenhouse there are always orchids of one variety or another. Right now he has several rather spectacular specimens I’d like to feature here:

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a new white rose

The latest showpiece in our garden is this exquisite white hybrid tea rose. We’ve tried pure white roses before. Most have been rather ho-hum. This one promises a better showing and more substance. Never mind that it was a big-box store special a couple of years back, and I’ve misplaced the label so I can’t…

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a rose garden

Well…here we are! It’s the start of rose season in our garden. The first outpouring of blooms is always spectacular. A couple of the plants offer up flowers the size of dessert plates! Day after day Mr. L brings me beautiful bouquets, each one an out-pouring of his love for me and for his amazing…

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wisteria n’ more

The beginning of the color show around our little cottage home. The wisteria is in full flower. And our first cut of roses is ready to be taken inside, carrying that amazing color and fragrance with it. I’d love to have you drop by for a visit while the garden is in this season of…

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garden bright spot

The Japanese Maple is showing exquisite color. It appears to think it’s autumn, but in fact it does this in the spring and turns gold in autumn. The tiny blossoms produce winged seeds. Spectacular!! The light was just right this evening, even if the garden was not. More light on the maple this year due…

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snowdrops

Today’s temperatures are approaching 70 degrees!  Love this spring weather.  Around here we celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Super Bowl Weekend and then…SPRING! Spring may only be a nice day in February. Forecast is for low 50’s by mid-week, but we’ve learned to enjoy each day as it’s given. Also today, while we have…

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dancing daffys II

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. _Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal – Thursday 15 April 1802 Spring has arrived in Central California,…

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roses aren’t always red

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Normally this little ditty ends with something about Love…but roses aren’t always red, and poems don’t always rhyme. Thing is, in spring and summer our garden is usually gloriously alive with roses. That’s the wonderful thing about having a gardener with a green thumb, who loves you beyond reason…always having…

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spring was a nice day

The weatherman was right! Spring was a nice day—today is cold and rainy. It’s a good thing yesterday was sunny and bright. Otherwise my walk with the camera would have been altogether too late. Rain, and the possibility of hail !!O NO !!, will shatter the wisteria blossoms without a doubt. O well…most of this…

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