{pretty, happy, funny, real}: In the Garden

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Forget-me-nots have self-seeded themselves for several years in this little bed on the north side of our house. They are surely some of the most cheerful flowers on God’s good earth.


I am so happy to see this shrub thriving and showing off its fancy new spring leaf-duds. Or maybe its new hairstyle. This is Acer japonicum or Full-moon Maple.


See the two white markers on the right? Those are to mark the lettuce seeds I sowed right around them. See the little sprouts over on the left? Those are the seeds. I may have discovered a new lettuce strain — I’ll call it Mysteriously Migrating Mesclun.


This old girl has been in decline for the last several years and the powers-that-be decided last Autumn that a Lilac Rejuvenation Prune-to-Ground Operation would be enacted just after this spring’s bloom period.
Naturally, the thing is blooming its head off this year. I mean to say! Still, we will proceed. It will look forlorn for a few years, but it should be better than ever after that.

What is beautiful in your world this week?

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  1. Posted April 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Ahh, lilacs! I love how they smell. Reminds me of home, too, and our gigantic lilac bush.
    Pretty photos 🙂

  2. Posted April 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I love lilacs. There was this gigantic lilac bush in the yard when I grew up. Brings back memories. Maybe I should have one here.

  3. Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Lilacs are my favorite! They bloom near my birthday, and the scent is heavenly. Everyone says not to prune, but when I was a girl, I picked them by the armload and those bushes always bore…

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