Here’s a ‘phone call that I receive quite often during the growing season:
“Amy. If you have a chance today, you really need to come in and look my flowers . . . and bring your camera!”
Okay, Mom. My mom is an extraordinary flower grower, and I wouldn’t be surprised if people in town regularly plan their evening walks to take in the beauties of her flower beds.
Oh, and this might not surprise you: her main flower bed is massive.
Mom and Dad bought a little piece of land adjoining their back yard, to use as a garden, years ago. The land had belonged to the city, and it was a dump site, so the dirt was full of big chunks of blacktop and gravel and rocks. It’s pretty awful, garden-dirt-wise, but Mom and Dad have dumped manure and compost and straw and leaves on it for a couple of decades now and it shows their attention. They keep a nice-sized vegetable garden, several fruit trees, an asparagus bed, and Mom’s massive flower bed on it. They’ve packed a lot of beauty and goodness on a wasted little piece of land.
Here are a few pictures from Mom’s flower bed. See, Mom, I did remember my camera this time!
I think it might be about time to start pulling the rhubarb, Mom . . . rhubarbpierhubarbpierhubarbpierhubarbpie . . .
Can you say strawberry shortcake? I can. 🙂
Dad had something to show us, too. He had discovered a nest with baby wrens, tucked in a neat little nest that the mama wren had built on a shelf in the garage.
We had another stop to make on our flower tour. My sister’s mother-in-law, Mary, had called and encouraged us to stop by to see her orchid. It was well worth the stop, to see Mary and her orchid. Take a look at this beauty!
After waiting for so long–through a long and very cold winter–for springtime and the color green, and blooming flowers, it’s only fitting to pause for a moment at least and enjoy them, don’t you agree?
Just don’t forget your camera!
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