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Saturday, December 19, 2009

One-day Gardening

I missed blogging, have so much to post but very little time, what with my sister and her family spending the two-week winter break with us, and the usual yuletide get-together here and there.

Oh well, I decided to do this quick post because New Year is just around the corner and my Christmas posts are all stuck elsewhere but here. Anyway, a week before Christmas, Doods and I spiced up our little garden at the front yard. Last time it snowed, some plants withered and others died. The thing is, my sister's husband and her three daughters (ages 9, 10 and 11) are spending Christmas in America for the first time, we want the experience to be special. An added bonus are the good deals at most plant stores during this time of the year.

Here's a little part of My World, my life.

We can't wait for the buds to bloom

Instead of plain mulch, we added roses that turned  the oak lively!

I do not know the name of this interesting parasite. 

Camellias, hardy up to 10 degrees!

Beautiful camellia

Those camellia buds bring promise of  abundance. . .

They look happy. . . I am happy!

The cyclamens look healthy

They glow in the sun

These cyclamens are generous with their blooms.

Berry-like fruit from the Poda-corpuz

Garden jar to jazz up an empty space.

They look so lush. Love it!

The effort was well worth our while. My nieces love the flowers... and the butterflies!

Mulch, the secret of healthy, happy foliage.

Voila! Who would have thought it snowed a couple of weeks before this photo was taken!

"A flower's appeal is in its contradictions - so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect." ~Adabella Radici

To kind blogging buddies who went out of their way to inquire about me during my absence in the blogosphere, thank you so much! I appreciate it. All is well, am just caught up in the swirl of the season!

Yesterday, Doods and I celebrated our 13th anniversary! How time flies. . .

Click on the badge to discover photos that will showcase the bigger world out there!


Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Happy anniversary to you and Doods! How exciting that some of your family members are in the U.S. for the first time and that you get to show them around. Your front lawn is pretty, as is your home.

Tekkaus said...

All these are yours? they look so gorgeous! :D I wish I have a lawn like yours.

RNSANE said...

Isn't it nice to show you home off to your family? Your new floral additions look so nice. I always loved camellias, with their early winter bloom, especially the ones with double blossoms.

Happy anniversary to you and Doods!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Tes, Glad you are 'back'.. I've missed you... Congrats on 13 wonderful years!!!!

I love your gorgeous home. SO pretty!!!! The flowers add so much especially this time of year. It's cold and DRAB up here in TN. We'll have to wait until Spring to enjoy our flowers.


rainfield61 said...

The parasites never sound good, but they are beautiful.

Pacey said...

Beautiful flowers out there Tes, have a wonderful coming year to you and your family...Be well and healthy!

Diane AZ said...

Amazing what you can grow in the winter! Gorgeous camellias and roses and even that stuff growing on the tree bark is pretty like lichens.

VanillaSeven said...

Glad you are back Tes! What a lovely garden you have there! Their colors are so vivid!

betchai said...

Hi Tes, yey, glad to see you back in blogging world, but most of all, glad to know you have wonderful time celebrating the Holidays and Christmas season with your family. You are all so blessed to have each other around. Am sure your nieces have wonderful time with you, and wow, your garden is so beautiful and so is your home. i really have been too lazy have not done any gardening lately, your post inspired me to go outside not to hike nor go to the ocean but to garden a little bit.

Regina said...

Congratulations! All the best!
Those are amazing blooms.
Happy New Year to all.


George said...

A belated congratulations on your anniversary. I hope the day was special. Your front yard really looks nice -- you've done a lot of work. I really like your roses -- I'm going to have to wait a few months to see any rose blossoms.

Windie said...

Good job guys! It's beautiful. Happy Anniversary as well. See you soon.

Cheryl said...

Happy Anniversary to you. How wonderful, 13 years! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful flowers. Its very cold here with temps around 0 and a big snowstorm on its way. Your post was a breath of fresh air! How wonderful it must be to have your family here. Happy New Year to you!

Autumn Belle said...

Tes, Happy Anniversary. May you have many many many more beautiful and happy anniversaries. Your garden has many lovely blooms. Happy New Year 2010 and may all your dreams come true!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful garden, Tes..I fall in love with Camillias once I see them at Belle Ilse Conservatory..

Wishing you a wonderful and great New Year..

Miss you in the blogging world!

Melissa said...

Rochelle, Happy Anniversary, and what a lovely garden you have. I love flowers, and find it very challenging to get some of them to grow. Roses are my favorite, and the easiest for me to grow. Happy New Year, too!

Photo Cache said...

Happy New Year. Health and wealth to you and yours this 2010.

SquirrelQueen said...

Hi Tes,
Somehow I missed this post, sorry about that. It has been such a busy month.
I just wanted to drop by and wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.

JOE TODD said...

Great post. I've gotten two new seed catalogs in the mail this past week. Must mean spring is getting closer

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