January 12, 2009

Impatient Flowers.


When I moved into my white house on the hill, my parents introduced me to gardening. Until then, I was not that much interested in it. But that has all changed within the last 5 years and now I love to plant things and watch my plants thrive and grow. I never met the previous owners of my house, as the house was being sold by their lawyer. I do not know what kind of people they were, but I know one thing for sure; they did not tended much to the piece of land that came with the house. It was terribly neglected and bare. It is not a big land, only a long, wide tiled terrace lined by a hedge, with a few flowerbeds here and there. Not much work is required to make it lovely, no mowing of the lawn necessary, just tending to the bushes and my many flowers and plants in pots.

The first autumn I planted many tulip bulbs and crocus corms (type of bulbs), plus an array of hyacinth bulbs all over the place, anywhere I could, in many different colours. It is a true feast for the eye in spring, when all these plants bloom as the first flowers of the season, sometimes even through the last snow in March. However, in recent years, the crocus plants start sprouting already in January. I am doing all I can, short of pushing the sprouting stalks back, to prevent them from growing. This year I covered them with plenty of fall leaves, tree bark and even pine branches. However, I seem to have forgotten two spots, close to the fence, next to the foot of the climbing plants of Clematis. There the impatient flower stalks are clearly visible, as seen on the pictures taken a few days ago.
Even though spring is still light years away, I like these small signs telling me that the progress has already started.;)

7 comments :

Diane said...

The flowers are like you... impatient for Spring! Clearly they are YOURS! ;)

sandra mucciardi said...

you should pick it up again! it's wonderful that you got inspired! i would love to see what you create!!!!

Donna said...

Don't you just love those little signs of spring! I have daylilies, iris and daffodils popping up in the garden.

Hugs,
Donna

Hilary said...

Wow.. that's amazing. The earliest I've seen signs of life in my garden was in February, through an unseasonably warm stretch. I can't wait to see garden photos in the spring. I'll bet it's beautiful!

Protege said...

Diane, you are right on!! I am so impatient, I even sometimes dream about waking up and it is April.;)) I wish I was allowed to hibernate the next 3 months.;))

Sandra, I will, you are right. Sometimes the problem is finding the time, but blogs like yours are an inspiration.
Are you Italian originally? Did anyone ever tell you you resemble very much a young Romina Power?;)))

Donna, I have daffodils too, Love those!! They are true Easter flowers. I too look forward seeing those bloom comes March.;))

Hilary, yes, it is a bit strange and sometimes I am worried about the sprouting stalks. I have now covered them with some left over branches from my Christmas Tree, as I know a cold spell with lots of snow is to be expected for sure.;))
I promise to post pictures of the flowers in the future.;))

Hazel Designs said...

Every year, I look for signs that my neighbor's tulips are on their way out, too. It makes me happy when I see them :)

Protege said...

Hazel, yes, I look for these signs as well. But soon January is at least half way gone.;))