[Homestead] Spring tasks and taking time to "smell the roses"
lynnw1366 at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 13 09:10:28 EDT 2009
Gene; you didn't mention peonies, my favorite. There was one old plant when
I moved here. It was in the shade, so I dug it up to move it, and ended up
with dozens of root pieces, each of which is now a big plant. Gotta love
Tomorrow is my mother's 93rd birthday. She's still going strong and lives
alone, although I did arrange to have more people look in on her (meals on
wheels, a home health aid, a physical therepist, and me...she's complaining
that there is always someone there). I'm trying to decide what kind of plant
to get her for her birthday. She prefers living plants so she (or rather I,
her gardener) can plant it in the garden after it blooms. She likes
Stargazer lilies, but they are hard to find in this little town. Maybe
daffodils or something else bright and cheerful (yes, daffodil season is
just starting here...we had an inch of snow last week).
Tioga Co. PA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene GeRue" <genegerue at ruralize.com>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2009 10:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Spring tasks and taking time to "smell the roses"
> On Apr 12, 2009, at 6:39 PM, Robert Walton wrote:
>> I hope everyone is making sure to spend some time on flowers. One of
>> the nice pleasures of homesteading. I'm planting flowering tobacco and
>> some new marigolds this year, plus the normal stuff. I've collected
>> some of the really small seeded sunflowers, they usually have lots of
>> branches with blooms. The birds love those seeds and usually they
>> manage to self seed. I've got a 100 foot or so bed along a fence that
>> I'm putting in at least one row of sunflowers. It makes a really nice
>> display when the birds start feeding on the seed.
> Flowers are the dessert of the gardening meal.
> Mother had a stroke about a month ago and now speaks mostly from
> vascular dementia. I take her for two or three rolls every day. The
> place where she is has extensive flower plantings, flowering shrubs,
> flowering trees. She is a lifelong gardener and the flowers give her
> great pleasure even in her present condition.
> Plant flowers. Sunflowers, hollyhocks, iris, tulips, daffodils,
> hibiscus, lilacs, rose of sharon, forsythia, climbing roses, passion
> vine, anything that blooms pretty. Scarlet Runner Beans work, too. One
> of Chris's gardening goals is to have something in bloom every month
> of the year. Fortunately, witch hazel blooms in January at Heartwood.
> Gene GeRue
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