Archives for May 2013

Blooming White

I was looking about the yard today and noticed that most plants blooming were blooming white.  Grabbed my camera because I knew I had a post for my friend Lori’s May Flower challenge.  I participated last year if you count doing one post on the very last day.  Day 17 – so I have lots more chances this year.

See how many of my white blooms you can identify with only a photo and a little hint.  Answers will be at the end of the post — I don’t want anyone overwhelmed with curiosity.

aa.  a common summer garden plant.

bb.  when these bloom, you know it’s Derby time.

cc.  blooms before her big sister.

dd.  love the leaves in my scrambled eggs.

ee.  a old fashioned favorite from the viburnum family.

ff.  you may have sucked on the bloom for nectar as a child.

gg.  goes well with strawberries.

hh. makes a yummy cobbler.

ii.  unless you’re looking for fence posts, this is the only time of the year this tree is attractive.

Wow, don’t I have a lot of white in my yard.  I wonder if nature starts us out with white to get us ready for the dazzling colors of summer.

Here are the answers:

a. Geranium  b. Azalea  c. Sweetbay Magnolia  d. Common Thyme  e. Snowball bush  f. Honeysuckle  g. Rhubarb  h. Blackberry  i. Honey Locust

How many did you get?

Slow Start

I’m off to a slow start into my year of whipping myself into the best sixty-four I can be.  Yoga most everyday is my start.  This yoga DVD is an old standby for me: A.M. & P.M. Yoga – Conditioning For Weight Loss.  It became my favorite yoga workout back before DVD’s when you could only get it on VHS.  I’ve tried other routines, but keep coming back to this one.  It has two routines on it, but I only like the A.M.

Since the end of tax season, I’ve felt like a slug.  Last week I started feeling a spark of life in myself.  I think the yoga is helping.


I planted my herbs!   Each year I fill a couple of pots with my favorite herbs and then enjoy them all summer long.  Too much neglect last year (and a hot, dry summer) killed my faithful perennials – rosemary, sage, thyme and tarragon.  I had to plant new ones.  In addition to the perennials, I fill in with several annuals.  You just can’t have too much parsley and basil.  This particular pot is right outside my front door, so it’s easy picking when I’m cooking.


I love my herbs.  And it seems that my herbs love me too.  This heart within a hickory nut must have been buried by a squirrel, and was a nice surprise.

Planting a few pots with herbs doesn’t seem like much of a feat, but I can’t tell you how many little pots over the years have wasted away and died without being planted.  I love the planning and the purchasing of supplies.  It’s the execution stage that stops me.  Maybe I’m lazy or a procrastinator extraordinaire.  And the wanting things perfect malady which of course is just another form of procrastination.

Here’s what happens.  Say I want to organize my pantry.  First is a shopping trip to get all of the supplies needed which always includes containers and labels and whatever is new.   Back home, the job seems overwhelming, and I’m tired from all that shopping.  Where do I start?  I know the solution will come to me, and of course if I’m organizing, I want it perfect.  So, I put it off.  Now I have a messy pantry and a stack of new containers/labels/etc.  Crazy isn’t it.  I should have just jumped in and made some improvement!

Sadly this applies to most everything I do in my life, including this 64th year of improvement.  I have already been tempted by e-courses, books, journals, DVD’s, magazines, organizational systems for my plan, and on and on and on.  And of course, I MUST have some of this stuff — it’s totally ingrained.  Next blog post will be what items I’ve decided are essential.  Stay tuned.