Spring has certainly made its presence known in our backyard. I love this time of year. Our yard has literally sprung to life. We wake each morning to a cacophony of singing birds, scurrying lizards, and buds breaking out onto still bare branches.
When I walk down our slope, below our deck, I am delighted to see the stunning orange trumpet flowers on the clivia plants that were a long ago gift (and transplant) from my mom (Betty’s) yard. These, along with the giant white cala lilies she sent home with me some 20 years ago as dirty bulbs loosely wrapped in newspaper, bring a smile to me each year they spring back to life. Mom loved her garden and shared her plants with whoever asked. There are many clivia and cala lily plants around our area that came from her yard.
Pictured below, this stunning cabbage rose plant…a centerpiece in the English garden part of my yard was a lovely gift from my sister – when her husband was redoing their yard, this rose didn’t fit into his scheme…lucky me 🙂
Then there is my renegade mint…you may know that it is a weed…and that you should plant it in a pot (keep it contained). Well, I did all that; however, my pot sits on the ground (on soil) in my herb garden, and eventually, it escaped via watering through the drain hole and voila…mint everywhere in our yard below our herb garden…oh well, guess I will be “weeding” mint for awhile…at least it is pretty and smells good 🙂
Soon, it will be warm enough for me to enjoy a book and cup of tea while sitting on this small swing, under our wisteria plant, listening to the birds and watching our mission fig tree pop out hundreds of jewels. A great spot for tea.