Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Dad

My Dad died yesterday.
He was just very recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had spread to other parts of his body.
He is now pain-free.
He loved helping Mom garden.
They did LOTS of it.
He was my hero.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Wishes and Blessings

Happy Easter to you. I would wish you prosperity, fruitful harvest, long (blessed) life into eternity, hope and passion.

For more information and some recent memory-making, click on the egg to visit a post with more information about pysanky (Ukranian egg decorating).

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Green Thumb Sunday

Posting this early,
as I want to give you a "gift"
for Easter, tomorrow!

This backyard berm belongs to a long-time friend who is a very inspiring local gardener!
Dorothy receives accolades every year!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ABC Wednesday - N is for Nursery


Big Box Store items, for the most part, just waiting to get outdoors.
I hadn't put them out yet, because the weather turned cold again.

3 'Little Missy' Hemerocallis, 3 'Final Touch' Hemerocallis, 2 pink fernleaf Bleeding Heart, 3 Peruvian Daffodils' Ismene (not hardy here), Clematis 'City of Lion,' 25 Liatris, some calla lilies, rain lilies and, of course, you see the amaryllis bulbs! ;-) I think it's supposed to begin warming yet this week!

They're young.
I'm going to plant a few here and share a few others.
(Esp. the liatris!)

ABC Challenge Wednesday
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You might want to visit someone!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Green Thumb Sunday - Yellow is for


Wait! Those aren't daffodils!


These aren't daffodils, either!

Where are the daffodils?

Oh! Here they are!

A number of different varieties, but I don't know "who" they are. I just can't keep track of everybody! ;-)

Not "shady," just fun!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - April 15, 2011

Isn't this a bright little kitchen windowsill?

Thanks to my mom for the leaf that began this plant!
Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ABC Wednesday - Morning Has Broken

Click on the "M" at left to visit the ABC Wednesday Challenge to see who has posted this week. You could create a post yourself!

Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation,
praise every morning,
God's re-creation of the new day.

Mr Shady and I were out listening for turkeys around 5:15 - 6:15 A.M. last Sunday morning. The photo was taken on our way out of the woods. It was a gorgeous day! Something for which to be thankful! :-)

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day - April 2011

Yes, I'm late.
It seems that's the norm these days...
But I could not take the chance in missing this pleasant way
to celebrate the beginning of each month.

Click the logo above to visit Carolyn Gail
and other Muse Day posts.

Forsythia - at daybreak (my house is not pink)

"But words are things,
and a small drop of ink,
falling like dew upon a thought,
produces that which makes thousands,
perhaps millions,
by Lord Byron, 1788-1824

I might add that a photograph
is not so bad either, in producing
a thought...
Have a great day. SG

Monday, April 11, 2011

ABC Wednesday - Muse x 2

This post covers two muses today! First of all, the ABC Wednesday Challenge, letter M, and secondly, Wildflower Wednesday as hosted by Gail at Clay and Limestone.

The Lingering "L" - or "The Rest of the Story"

Click on this photo to see the other posts from last week...

Last week I posted the ABC Meme
from the Library.
Lingeringly I
Longed to
Lavish you
from my

Lovingly I now present
Spring's Labor:

Muscari (grape hyacinth)

daffodil - name unknown

pink Grape Hyacinth with Siberian Squill in background

Primula 'Primadiente Rose' Chinese primrose

Leucojum aestivum Summer Snowflake (I think)



Dicentra spectabilis - Bleeding Heart

Azure blue Grape Hyacinth

Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebells

Helleborus 'Pink Lady'

Pulmonaria - Lungwort 'Baby Blue'

Dicentra spectabilis- Bleeding heart- 'Alba'

Mukdenia rossi 'Crimson Fans'

Checkered Lily

Pulmonaria - Lungwort - 'Raspberry Splash'
Daffodil 'Tete-a-Tete' and Grape Hyacinth

And lastly, but not leastly ;-)
another admirer of Spring's bounty!
(look closely to the right of the hyacinth)

This incomplete compendium does not include the Wildflowers. :-)

Don't forget that this post and photos thereon are property of Shady Gardener at

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah...

A friend and I went out for lunch. We "splurged" on a special drink - a Mango Smoothie! As we each took our first sip, we said... "Aaaaaaah."

Now - that one little sigh was a memory-jogger!

Do you remember the cartoon Quick Draw McGraw? I realize I'm dating myself. However, he had a dog named Snuffles that LOVED dog bones. He'd get so excited after eating one, he'd hug himself about three times, rise in the air and float down with the big sigh, "Aaaaaaaah."

For your viewing enjoyment - and your future point of reference when ever you have that total enjoyment and "Aaaaaah" moment . . .

Click on these words!

Nothing shady - just fun! :-)
And yes, I have my computer back - temporarily.
Just testing!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

ABC Wednesday - L is for...




My computer's visiting
the "Computer Doctor,"
and I'm at the

Am I at a

Not yet...

I'm outdoors (yea!)


Loving it!


Fall's mulch and this
Spring's recent oak
Leaf fall.)

Would you cut me some


me post some photos

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