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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

W4W: Time


"Time is what prevents everything from happening at once." 
~ John Archibald Wheeler


It is transition time in the garden. The winter blooms still abound while the spring blooms are just beginning to open. This past weekend we were at the farm enjoying some much needed family time. 

Here is a look at the farm's zone 8b garden. 

A few late winter blooms still flowering




Cabbage was ready for harvest and we ate the most delicious coleslaw.


The azaleas were just beginning to put on a show.





Some dainty daffodils cheered up the garden with their delicate faces.




While others were decidedly taking their time.




Some trees were beginning to bloom showing signs of life, vigor and opulence.


Nectarine tree 


unknown tree but it sure did have pretty blooms


Red maple seeds


While some do not have much time left. This one will go out with a flair for the dramatic.




Two blooms from the cutting garden held their own like two lone soldiers taking a stance.







Time sure does fly when you are having fun and the long weekend whizzed by. Of course time is never on your side when you are on a schedule. With the cars packed and ready to hit the road our dog Biscuit decided it was a good idea to go and roll in cow dung.




I threatened to leave him behind but he had such a smile on his face and was so happy I quickly got over it. He had a bath and was allowed to return home with us.

Six hours later and back at my zone 8a garden time is moving slightly more slowly. Some of the winter blooms such as the camellia are just now peaking.






The first daffodils are bursting open.




And the Euphorbia are taking their sweet time.




Time seems to stand still when you gaze at the water droplets lingering in these rosettes.




And a sure sign that winter is winding down and spring is just around the corner is the end of the cherry blossom gala.




"Things of quality have no fear of time"


I am linking to Garden Walk Garden Talk who hosts Word for Wednesday.

28 comments:

  1. There are so many elements of spring at the farm. This weather has been very strange. My first daffodil bloomed in January, and that usually happens in March. I love the form of that old tree...a lesson to us all that going out with some of the dramatic is the way to go.

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    1. You are right, this winter has been odd indeed. Some blooms are ahead of schedule while others are later. I think the plants are very mixed up.

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  2. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful meditation on time.

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  3. Lots of really lovely blooms for you. Nothing here but my Heather. Can't believe that cabbage though. That looks great.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. The vegetable bed has lots of manure to help it along. The vegetables love it and it sure does produce great results!

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  4. I had to really laugh, all the pretty images and thoughtful text, then you get to, I am so sure, smelly Biscuit. What a lucky dog that got to get into the car for a ride home.

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    1. Oh, he was smelly all right! Even trying to give him a bath and hold my nose at the same time was comical!

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  5. You're way ahead of us, our trees haven't started blossoming yet.

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    1. We have some early bloomers here. The variety of cherry tree in my garden is an entire month ahead of my neighbor's tree.

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  6. Beautiful images. I've noticed just this week how spring is winning to war against winter! Biscuit was probably enjoying a spring ritual. :)

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    1. Biscuit enjoyed himself immensely so it was hard to stay mad at him. My garden is changing daily right now. Each day I walk through the garden I see significant progress toward spring.

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  7. oh what a happy but disgustingly dirty dog!! thank goodness there was a place to take a bath before having to get in the car.

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    1. I don't think you would have enjoyed being around him Marguerite. It was disgusting just watch the manure run off him (sorry for the graphic)! But it had to be done otherwise he might have run behind the car the whole way home.

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  8. I love these pictures!! The pic of the nest made of flowering branches is incredible. Time seems to have stopped here. It's not winter - way too warm - but it's not spring either. It's seasonal purgatory. Blah! Thanks for your blog! It's so cheery!! :o)

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    1. You are so sweet!! It is 75 here today! All the pollinators are out and it is only February! CRAZY!

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  9. It seems like time is more obviously felt in your part of the world, as the changes of the seasons are so prominent and variable. And your photos and quotes are so lovely. That dead tree is surely a winner. I didn't link to W4W today as i can't find the photos for my thoughts on time.

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    1. Thanks Andrea! We definitely have four seasons here! Although it is hard to say that today when it is only February and it is warm enough for shorts and T-shirts.

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  10. Dear Karen, Beautiful images and quotes exemplifying 'time'. I love that dramatic tree. It is probably home to all sorts of wildlife and I hope it stands for a long time. P. x

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    1. Me too! I love old trees. They have such great character.

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  11. Dear Karin, So sorry I misspelled your name! P. x

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  12. Wow..your garden is looking beautiful! Are those 'grand primo' daffodils? Mine were short lived, but so worth it! Also, I love your header.

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    1. Thanks Amy! If my memory serves me correctly I think those are called Holland Sensation. I bought them from our Junior Master Gardener sale a few years back.

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  13. what a difference a half a zone makes...lovely flowers on the farm...wonderful place to retreat to!

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    1. Yes, it is amazing how much things can change just a few hours away! We also had a torrential storm that filled the pond and then some. The front yard and field were flooded. Too bad we didn't get that much rain back at home. We could use it!

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  14. I'm amazed azaleas are blooming already in zone 8b! I love the photo of the bird's nest in the cherry tree ....

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  15. Cherry and Nectarine blossoms--how lovely! I can see buds on my Daffodils, which is so early for zone 5. And a bit of new green growth here and there. But that's about it. Enjoy your lovely spring blooms!

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