Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Soul Renewal

Nothing is better for the soul than a trip out to the garden.

I've had some sad times recently and it helps to have the flowers making their Spring appearance.

Being a slightly obsessive gardener, I often have to make a conscious effort to just go into the garden and "enjoy".  I always want to have my bucket/clippers/gloves, to pull a weed or pick up some debris or trim something.

Sometimes you just have to remember to breathe and enjoy what you have because nothing lasts.

Crocus vernus 'Pickwick'

Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki' - This one has a better smell than Daphne odora 'Marginata' but is not as pretty.
Trillium kurabayashii is up already - I'm happy to see it!

Crocus 'Blue Pearl'
A baby May Apple emerging.
Found this Crocus bulb on the side of the road.  I gladly took it home and planted it.

Plants are popping out all over.

Embothrium coccineum (Chilean Flame Tree) - Looks a little sad but it made it through the winter.


  1. Your little Embothrium is such an unusual color, must be the cold? I've had mine loose it's leaves but never keep them and go red.

    You're spot on about time in the garden feeding your soul, and the need to just "be" in the garden at times. Always so much to do...but enjoying and seeing is important to.

  2. My Embothrium is in a pretty sunny but sheltered spot. I was afraid that I would burn it up when I planted it last summer, but seems to be hanging on. I've never seen another in person to know what it's supposed to look like in winter! Hopefully it puts a little size on this season now that it's settled in.

    I like to "Garden with Wine" in the summer - that way at least one of my hands is full and I spend a lot more time admiring and less time bending over (don't want to spill my wine). I am now smart enough to never "Prune with Wine".

  3. Going out in the garden is indeed balm for our weary souls...especially after a hard day. BTW...a bunch of Portland bloggers are getting together after the spring HPSO Plant Sale to do a plant swap, if you're interested, email me for deets.