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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Busy Garden

I always remember Leisure by William Henry Davis, especially at this time of the year
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

But, I was determined to take some time out today, update my blog and find what my busy garden is up to. All sorts of bees, butterflies, wasps, flowers, buds, new leaves are out. I tried to capture whatever I could but again time and energy constrained me to capture some poor shots. Hope you don't mind. How busy is your garden? So, here are some shots that were taken today and on March 19.

A snake on our driveway, going from our garden to my neighbor's garden. I don't know what these plants are, but they are indeed pretty; some crocuses.

More purple crocuses; some pretty wild-flowers, don't know what they are. Do you know? White Daffodil

Yellow Daffodil; a sea of daffodil; the Persian Lilac tree is full of new growth and buds.

Phlox; more wild flowers; dandelion - I love them for their vibrant yellow color and they are the first flower to appear in spring.

Being a veggie-grower, the sets of pictures will not be complete without some vegetable-plant photos :-). Here they are:

A line of pea-babies; potato plant; pak-choi


  1. Looks like you've been very busy indeed but great to see so much plant activity in your garden. Lovely plants and photos! Very busy in our garden too but just happy enough that it's spring already :)

  2. The blue flower between the crocus and daffodil is a vinca. I'd love to know what the plant next to the snake picture looks like when it's grown! Great leaves! :o) Digging out mature plans can be challenging but sometimes it's easier than it looks. The roots of the red salvia weren't super deep and they popped right up. I amend my soil heavily with a rich local compost made from leaves. It fluffs up the soil so it's easier to dig in and the roots don't have to go as far to reach the nutrients they need.

  3. One more, LOVE the poem! It's so accurate.

  4. Good poem. We should all have the time to enjoy nature for a while. Glad the snake was leaving your garden, but I wonder if your neighbor wants him! :)

  5. You should definitely take more time to enjoy your garden, it looks amazing! The snake looks a little scary though!!

  6. Aghhh! Snakes freak me out, I hate them! Any time I try to grow Pak Choi it goes to seed as soon as comes up. What's the secret?

  7. I'm wondering if the plant next to the snake is a hosta? But I'm not too sure. Love your baby peas - I really must make the time to plant some this year.

  8. So many wonderful happenings in your garden welcoming spring! Enjoyed the poem much.

  9. Great poem! I definitely feel like that in the spring. You have inspired me to take some time to enjoy the spring garden.. thanks!

  10. Thank you for sharing your delicious pumpkin recipe with us. Hope you had lots of fun in your garden during Easter weekend.

  11. You have certainly a lot going on in your garden. I am glad you found some time to stop and stare :-) and share what you saw in your garden on your blog. Love your Pak-choi! Would love to make some garden time this weekend, too (my roses have started their spring flush) and my blog needs an update as well.

  12. Your garden is looking quite well including the veggies. Your peas are ahead of mine which are just now showing sprouts.
    I'd like to know what the plant is in the photo next to the snake, love the coloring. I hope you show more of it as it grows.

  13. Mark&Gaz: I agree with you :-). I'm happy that spring is here, sun is rising early though it is bit chilly here with temperature at night going down to 36 degree F.

    Casa Mariposa: thank you for the information :-). I don't know what that plant is and it does not get bigger - it has reached its maximum height and will produce only one bright red flower. That's it.

    HolleyGarden: I agree that we should all enjoy nature. I love nature. Actually, I would have been glad if the snake stayed in my garden and kill all the unwanted pests. It is a harmless, non-poisonous snake.

    PerthDailyPhoto: the snake is not at all scary like the ones you have in Australia :-). It is non-venemous and lives on bugs and insects.

    Bridget: I actually like snake; they are very fascinating creature to me :-). I told you already in your website that I don't have any secret.

    Liz: it could be some kind of special hosta. Don't know. I didn't plant it; the previous owner of the house must have planted it.

    Malay-Kadazan Girl: Thank You :-).

    Julie: I am grateful that I have inspired you to enjoy the garden :-). Thank You :-).

    Malay-Kadazan: You are most welcome; it was one of the simplest dish that we make.

    OrganicGardenDreams (Christina): my roses are growing vigorously as well :-).

    Bakingbarb: I don't know what the plant is as I didn't plant. Some previous owner of the house planted it. It doesn't grow any much bigger.