Wherever you are – it is enough

Hi there, and welcome to my blog. I want to offer you a place to escape the terrible realities of the world. While I love sharing my garden with all of you, I am also mindful of the evil war going on in Ukraine. I hope you will join me for a short time to see beauty and in so doing, to defy evil.

I know it seems like a really long time that we have not been living a ‘normal’ life. For me, I am taking each day in turn, and whatever I get done in that day, it is enough. Gone are the super long ‘to-do’ lists, and in its place is a short (and manageable) list. I typically get affected by bad weather. That is now compounded by watching the news, so I have to go easy on myself. I am thankful to have my garden to work in. It brings me joy.

I hope you are keeping well, safe, and healthy. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your visit. 🙂

In Peace,

Helleborus Anna's Red

This hellebore, Anna’s red, is a real star. I planted it this year, and it has been blooming the past month with lots of flowers. The flowers face slightly outward, which is not the typical ‘facing the ground’ position of most hellebores. The color is a lovely shade of what I would call ‘plum’ (and not red) and is quite eye catching from across the garden. I’m so happy to have added this to my hellebore collection!

Mr. Fokker Anemone

This is Mr. Fokker anemone. I love the incredible details of this flower, especially the stamen. I have these growing all around the garden, so I don’t mind cutting some and bringing them inside to enjoy. They are a lovely, easy to grow, cut flower that blooms all year long (this picture was taken this week).

View of the garden beds in March

Here’s a look at what the garden beds look like in March. The planters on the left have hosta in them, which won’t be seen for quite a few months still. But I think having the planters there at least adds color. The planter on the right is filled with daffodil bulbs, some of which have started to bloom. There is another planter filled with daffodils near the playhouse. I am so glad to have planted them in the fall. It is so wonderful to have big splashes of color in the garden! The raspberries (bed at front of picture) have been pruned, and the winter garlic seems to be doing fine. It should be ready for harvest at the beginning of July.

rainbow over the compost heap

Did I mention the weather hasn’t been great? But at least after this big rain, we were able to enjoy a big, beautiful, double rainbow. It’s the little things!


Here’s another ‘little thing’: Our pretty, all white cat, Kitty. She is a tiny bit spoiled, and when I’m lucky, she showers me with love.

Playhouse with daffodils at sunset

This picture is from today, after I finished working in the garden. It was a lovely evening, despite the cold and wind. I finished with an easy job of raking the hoggin (the gravel mixture between the beds to the right). It’s so satisfying to clear away the weeds. It is also satisfying to see all of the new bulbs that are pushing up around the playhouse. I’m so excited to see how they will look!

Thanks again for stopping by! Find your joy 🙂

11 thoughts on “Wherever you are – it is enough

  1. thank you for your lovely relaxing garden and sharing it with us. I have raised beds and a lovely Californian climate and I still don’t achieve anything like your garden. Though the climate in Ireland is beautiful if you resign yourself to enjoying the odd bit of rain. We lived in a place in Innishannon, Co. Cork for many years and had a lovely 3.5 acres there. Keep up the good work. Derek.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Cynthia. I absolutely agree: find ways to help and seek joy and beauty. It’s a cruel time for so many. May this war and these atrocities end swiftly.

  2. “Normal” has left us it would seem and we are to be thankful for our gardens and their plants – and the people who write about them. As an aside – I’m going to be talking to a gardening club in Winchester, Maryland, tomorrow! Imagine that! Via Zoom, of course!

    • Hi Paddy, that is fantastic for the Winchester, MD gardening club! I’m sure your talk will be well worth Zooming for. Technology sure makes the world a much more accessible place. Good for you! 🙂

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