February 08, 2009

A Garden And A Movie.

Today, for the first time in ages, or what felt like EVER, I got to see sun once again. I awoke to blue skies and bright sunshine and was immediately in a good mood. The day also felt brighter. As the sun keeps moving higher up in the sky, the intensity of light changes as well. Already now we have one hour more light and the light quality is different as well.

I enjoyed my lazy Sunday morning with freshly baked bread roles and a cup of steamy hot coffee and watched "What happens in Vegas" with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. I was positively surprised, as the movie was really entertaining. It made me both laugh and cry, which is for me an indication of my kind of movie.

Later in the day I did my first gardening of the season. I have two clematis plants, which are a type of a climbing plant, growing attached to a fence around my terrace. They grow amazingly fast comes April - May and in July - August flower with the most amazing flowers. In order for the plant to indeed flower, it is necessary to trim it in February. The plant is cut down to about 30cm above ground and the old dried out stalks and leaves are removed. Even tough the clematis looks dead, already now there are many buds sprouting from the dry stalks; a clear sign that it needs to be trimmed.

It felt really good to be out in the fresh, crisp air and feel the sunshine on my face. Every time I cut down my clematis, I know we are getting closer to spring. And that is a very good feeling.;)


Gal Friday said...

I wish I had some freshly baked rolls to go with my morning coffee...
I have watched movies with Diaz in them and have always found her to be a very good comic actress. I think she is overlooked. I have never seen "What Happens In Vegas", though(another one for my list...)

Hilary said...

I can't believe there are buds growing on your plants. Everything is still so dormant here and will be for quite a while unless it warms up in a hurry. Hurry spring!

Mahmud Yussop said...

Wow! Blue skies,Spring is in the air,gardening,good movies and a happy mood - what a Sunday. Happy for you.


Is that movie good? I think they're both funny actors so.. and it being in Vegas! =]

Thanks for the love and hope on the job front. Hugs are being sent your way! xxx

Betsy Brock said...

I have a small clematis...just a couple of years old. I had heard that you shouldn't trim it even though it does look dead after the winter. I may have to give it a little trim and see if it flowers more this year!

Diane said...

Good weather abounds!! It was gorgeous here today!! Glad you enjoyed your Sunday!

Hazel Designs said...

I know the feeling - I love seeing the tulips start to sprout - it means spring is almost here :)

Glad you enjoyed the sunshine!

Zuzana said...

=Tina, I agree with you Cameron is a great in comedies; this movie was actually really good, so I can definitely recommend it.;)

=Hilary, it has been very odd weather the last 5 years; flowers in autumn and sprouting buds in winter. However, winter is definitely just starting here; they are forecasting lots of snow this week, so we are definitely not done with cold yet;)

=Mahmud, thank you! Yes it was a good day, sunshine always makes me smile.;) Hope your weekend was good too.;)

=fashion chalet, I can really recommend the movie.;)
Many hugs back, hope your Sunday was good.;))

=Betsy, it depends on what kind of clematis you have. Mine is a "late blooming", that is later summer blooming plant and it has to be trimmed in early spring, or it will bloom poorly. I have done this for 5 years and every year the plant gets stronger with zillions flowers(see picture). However, if your clematis blooms in early spring, you should not trim it now, but right after it has flowered in the early summer, or you risk otherwise to cut away flowers in buds that has been there since last year.;))

=Diane, glad to hear you had sunshine too.;) I guess we are getting closer to spring, even though it is no giant steps.;)

=Ah Hazel, you speak my language; there is nothing lovelier than seeing all the early spring flowers bloom! I can not wait!;))

Lulda Casadaga said...

We had some nice warm weather this past weekend. A tease of Spring.
I plan to be a better gardener this year...really I swear! :D

Melanie Gillispie said...

We were just talking in our office about it being light when we left when just a week or so ago it was completely dark. It happens so fast!

Zuzana said...

=Lulda, that is great; I am not sure one can talk of spring weather here yet, but it was at least sunny.;)
Good luck with your gardening plans.;))

=Mel, I agree, here the same- about few days ago it became much more obvious that is getting lighter.;) I only wish it would be going even faster and then comes May, it would slow down again;)

Kat Mortensen said...

Have you seen the movie, "The Holiday" with Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslett and Jack Black? It's really very good. I used to intensely dislike Cameron Diaz, but lately a few of her films have been winning me over.


Zuzana said...

yes, I have sen that movie, in fact I described it in one of my posts.;) It was a wonderful film and I think one of the better Christmas movies out there. Thank you as always for stopping by.;))