Monday, March 10, 2014

Zippety Doo Dah and Zowies!!

It's getting closer to Spring's arrival, here.  Sunday afternoon's snow was 1/2 gone by yesterday afternoon, when these photos were taken.  Today, the only bits of  snow left is in select, north sides of buildings.
Emerging "kittens" on my brother's weeping pussy willow tree.
Planted last Spring (2013) in his memory.
 Woo-hoo!  Daffodils are emerging!
 Heirloom (tiny!) crocus in the grass... their second season.  :-)
 Another site near the driveway.
 The latest snowfall - receeding!
emergent Muscari
 Are you sharing these sentiments?

P.S.  One more item rising in the garden... this time in the backyard (which would seem to make more sense)...  Moles... new tunnels.

Springing Forth with Good Wishes to You!!
SG  :-)

Central Gardens in Clear Lake, Iowa

These are photos I took a few years ago.  These gardens were begun several years ago, with the expert advice from the people of Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa.  I'm not sure this garden fairy resides there any longer, but it was created to celebrate RAGBRAI's ride through town at that time.

Last year, RAGBRAI cruised through our town!  We were encouraged to create items for display around our town square that had something to do with bicycles... Perhaps using bicycle parts.  Say no more, I thought at the time!  I took inspiration from the above garden fairy to create my Garden Praying Mantis!  lol. I will post a photo of my sculpture at the end of this post.

This is a view of the walkway (below) that leads around Central Gardens.

Below is a little recirculating stream.

I do enjoy a pond with Lily pads!

This is a beautiful spot that has become a popular spot for weddings.

Okay.  Here's "my" Garden Praying Mantis.  She stood outdoors downtown all summer last year.  She was the result of my participation in the annual fund-raiser for our local Art Association.  She was purchased by a local citizen and I know she's enjoying her new home!  :-)