These are my ruminations on life, design, and the pursuit of happiness…

Spring has sprung

Well my busy life was not to be outdone by Spring herself, who burst on the scene in a blaze of glory this past month. This ornamental cherry lives just off the back deck, and is always the first to remind me of the change of the season.

The blossoms are truly spectacular on a clear day. Look at that sky!

Further back in the yard, we have this wisteria covered arbor.

It not only looks good, it smells fabulous!

The cherry and the wisteria bloom simultaneously, and are separated by the new bright chartreuse leaves of the pin oak. You can see the oak a bit in the first picture, it all makes a great color combo.

We also have other flowers showing off this time of year, like this sweet pea bush.

I have one pea plant in the back by the wisteria arbor, and one out front by the artichoke.

Yes, we have artichokes now too. This is a stupendous plant if you live in the right climate. I cut it way back once a year, usually around November I think, and otherwise I ignore it, other than when I’m hungry. Unfortunately the kids now are old enough to realize the deliciousness of artichokes, and I have to share the bounty.

Speaking of lazy gardening (were we?), I didn’t bother ripping out the tomatoes last year, and they started producing again in March! One of the only times my laziness has been rewarded. Now if I can just pick them before the opossums steal them. Or is it Rats? Probably better not to think about it too much.

The oranges do make me happy to live where I do, and sad for my brother freezing in Brooklyn. Wait, they had a warm spell this week didn’t they? Ok. Oranges guilt free:

So there you go. A busy spring. We’re getting all caught up though. Really.


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    Kayla said...

    I love your wisteria arbor, it’s beautiful.

    And how fun it must be to grow artichokes, we’ll have to see if it’s possible over here. 🙂

    June 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    wendy said...

    Thanks Kayla! Yes growing artichokes is great, especially as they are expensive in the market. Let me know if you give it a try!

    June 4, 2010 at 9:33 am