Monday, May 17, 2010

Back Among the Living

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It's the 3rd year this orchid has bloomed for me...

I hope all the garden bloggers are enjoying spring. Austin experienced some truly beautiful wildflower scenes this year along the roadways, thanks to Lady Bird Johnson. Some of the bloom-filled fields took my breath away...

A lot has happened since my last entry in March. First of all, the results of my tests at Texas Oncology were benign. Dr. Kasper officially pronounced me 'cancer-free', which was a huge relief. He's a really great doctor, but I'm hoping I'll never have to see him again. As if in celebration, my white penstemons decided to show off this year.


My second bit of news is that my parents are moving from Missouri to Georgetown, Texas this summer. They just closed on their new house a few days ago, which is only 30-40 minutes away from my front door. My parents are happy about their move. Historic Georgetown has a lot in common with their hometown, Independence Missouri. They are especially looking forward to being in the area next year for the Poppy Festival. My sister decided to become a Texan as well when she moved down to San Antonio on April 1st. It will be good to have family living relatively nearby after all these years.



Speaking of poppies...last month I saw loads of gorgeous poppies in when I visited with Julie of The Human Flower Project. [Thanks for the invitation, Julie!]. Her garden was divine. We were joined by Pam of Digging and MSS of Zanthan Gardens as well, which was a real treat. Julie was kind enough to share some of her sage and phlox, which are doing well in my garden as of today. I'll take a photo when the sage blooms.

I'm glad to see so many of my plants survived the winter snow we had a few months ago. My Purple Winecup (Malvaceae Callirhoe involucrata) is blooming nicely...


...though it seems rather partial to the sidewalk at the moment. I don't have the heart to prune it back into the flower bed.


The red yucca (Red hesperaloe), seen in the photo below, is the only one of three that is blooming this year. It's odd because last year the yucca on the far left was the lone-bloomer. Not sure what the problem is. I'd appreciate any ideas.


This year I decided to plant a container inside the large pot on my front porch. Hopefully once the begonias and sedum fill out the plastic edge will not be invisible.

My birthday was last weekend and I was totally spoiled by family and friends. I received this orchid from my son & dh...



And a beautiful -- rather large -- plant arrangement from a dear friend...


Best birthday ever! :-)


"In the nature of this child of the out-of-doors there ran a fibre of care for wild things. It was instinct with her to go slowly, to touch lightly, to deal lovingly with every living thing: flower, moth, bird, or animal. She never gathered great handfuls of frail wild flowers, carried them an hour and threw them away. If she picked any, she took only a few, mostly to lay on her mother's pillow – for she had a habit of drawing comfort from a cinnamon pink or a trillium laid where its delicate fragrance reached her with every breath." ~ GENE STRATTON-PORTER: A Little Story of Her Life and Work


Some of my Gene Stratton-Porter books...

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5 comments:

Naturedigital said...

Beautiful flowers Dawn. Great colors everywhere you look at this season.
And great photographs again.
Have a great day.
Costas

Lancashire rose said...

It sounds like it is all good news from your garden. So glad about your test results and how great your parents will be so close. Orchids blooming again- you must have green fingers.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful blooms and lovely birthday gifts.

The best news, of course, is that you are clear of cancer. Enjoy......

ConsciousGardener said...

Great news! Beautiful orchids...my favorite flower ever!

Frankie said...

I enjoy reading your blog. How do you get your orchids to rebloom? Any special tips?