Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - Dec. 15, 2010

Perhaps you recall the earlier post (see below or click this link)
where I described some gifts made for friends and neighbors
(for their birds and other wildlife).

I sneaked over to a neighbor-friends' house
(they're both friends)
to see how their gift was faring.

In only a couple of days, it's already showing signs of

And speaking of happiness...
the photo below makes me Very Happy!

My dad made this plywood cutout quite a number of years ago,
and he placed it in their northern Iowa yard at Christmas-time!

He offered it to me and we worked out a way to bring it
to my SE Iowa home this summer!


And peace. And hope.
And thoughtfulness.
And love.

May we all be celebrating and readying for celebrating Christmas (already) again this year!


Rose said...

Good to see the birds are enjoying their treats! I bought some molasses last night just for making gingerbread dough; I'm hoping when the grandkids come over next week to bake Christmas cookies, we'll also have time to make these gingerbread bird houses. Your carolers look so festive--Happy Bloom Day!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It sure does look like the birds are enjoying it! The tree it's hanging from has such pretty berries.
I love the carolers! It must be fun to have something that your dad made in your yard. I can see where you get your artistic talent from too :)

Rosey said...

Lucky little birds!
I bet they are enjoying your treats immensely.
Peace and joy to you as well.

Kathleen said...

What a great sentimental treat to have something like the carolers now that used to belong to your parents. Makes it extra special.

Looks like your neighbor gift is very much appreciated too! You might have to make more...
Merry Christmas to you and your family SG!

Shady Gardener said...

Rose, I'm happy to think that you and your grandchildren will be making bird treats!! I hope you post photos (and let me know!).

Catherine, Isn't it fun to think the birds are actually enjoying these treats? I'm looking forward to giving the rest as gifts... and getting home to make a few for myself! :-) I'm glad to see others appreciate the sentimentality behind the carolers!

Thanks, Rosey! :-)

Kathleen, It is definitely a wonderful treat to be able to enjoy the carolers here. I'm also remembering a conversation we had about gardening being sentimental in that very same way. btw: I'm looking forward to my (your) Filipendula's great show this coming summer!

Jim Groble said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. jim and pat

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Nice gifts for the birds. Our local library has the children make those and they hang them on some evergreens downtown.

Diana (Di) said...

SG, love the cutouts from you father! nothing like it.

If I don't see you before Christmas ;)... many blessings to you! It has been wonderful to share with you this past year.

Anonymous said...

Love the carolers. How nice of your talented father. Great shots.

Shady Gardener said...

Merry Christmas to you, too - Jim and Pat. :-)

Gardener, Isn't it fun to think that people are teaching children such conscientious things?

Di, Thank you for you kind comments. It's wonderful to meet nice people from so many points of interest!

Hi Grace, This is MY interesting "garden whimsy" for the moment. :-)

Tanya Boracay said...

Hi Shady,

Bloom day is look sad in the garden, but bloom day is good for playtime.

Just like to share with you a beautiful quote...

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

You can get more happiness quotes at