Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring in Tulsa (And Everything That Means)

It's spring! Late spring, I think. Time of thunder storms, hail, high winds and ... blooming things! It's a rainy day here, but I took photos. I was too excited by what I found in my garden not to!

Two Christmases ago, my mom gave me her amaryllis after it had bloomed. I put it in the garden last spring, wondering if I'd ever see it again. Look! It's go
ing to bloom!

Last spring, Karen, at the Rocking Pony, was complaining about her forsythia that wouldn't die. I told her I wanted some and she mailed me a bit. See? It's doing well. Waiting to be moved to its forever home, somewhere else in the yard.

Last Mother's Day, the Hunny and kids gave me a wisteria tree. Zobabe told me to make it go away, that it would gobble up my yard. I was afraid it might not make it through the winter, then the early spring pruning the Hunny gave it. Turns out they're indestructible as well. See? It won't even stand up straight, it's growing so fast. Like my teenagers. Shoulders back, wisteria! If you click on the photo, you might catch a glimpse of an evil garden gnome ...

Last Mother's Day my mom also gave me a cute lizard, Flaco. He's happy in the garden, hiding in the mums.

And has been joined, this past Easter, by a mushroom mom gave me. It's a magic mushroom. By magic I mean that it sounds like a bell when the wind blows. Heh.

And the peony I was so sad about last summer? The one I thought sure the roofers had killed before it ever bloomed? Back and ready for business!

In the side yard are the hosta and violets. Poor little side garden needs a lot of TLC. When the guys replaced the siding last summer (the job that never seemed to end), the garden took a lot of abuse. I'm surprised any thing lived through it.

Ooo! And the roses are budding out! Aren't they pretty?

Last summer - in July? - I responded to a Freecycle email about yellow irises. Of the dozen I brought home, I gave away probably half. This is their first opportunity to bloom and I think I have about a dozen plants still. What the heck?!?

Oh! Before I forget, today is Oatmeal Head's birthday! He's 15 today!

Until I write again ...


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Laura ~Peach~ said...

Happy Birthday oatmeal the flowers and plants they are all great... if your gnome gets lonely send him to me there are 60 some odd three just like him and one is a GIRL!

Anonymous said...

I'll have to post a pic of the biggest wisteria I've ever seen in Canada. Between that and the Forsythia I'd think your yard should fill up nicely. And I've heard that irises multiply which is why I'm holding out against TOGs wishes for some in the side yard!

Happy Birthday Oatmeal Head!

Daryl said...

amaryllis blooming in the spring... so weird to me. why? cause the only amaryllis I have ever seen are the ones we get here at the office mid December!

Daryl said...

Happy Birthday Oatmeal Head!

The 4-Crows Blog said...

Happy Birthday Oatmeal Head! Flea, I love your flowers/plants you also must be my Mom's daughter!

Jill of All Trades said...

How beautiful. I love gardens.

Trisha said...

What a beautiful tour of your gardens! I am working on mine but I am nowhere near where you are! Of course, I only started last year!

Happy birthday, Oatmeal Head!

Donalyn said...

Love it all Flea - hope we get to see updates through the summer.

And Happy Birthday to OH!

Ellyn said...

Happy Birthday, Oatmeal Head! Hope it was a good one.

I love how every plant in your garden has a little story. To walk through must be like a little trip down memory lane. Fun!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Oatmeal Head!!!

zobabe said...

Happy Belated Birthday, OH! Hope it was marvelous beyond words.

The flowers are pretty, Flea! I love amaryllis. I have a dozen on my porch in pots. LOVE them.

As for the wisteria, I stand by my earlier recommendation. Oh, yes, it looks soooo pretty and benign now, but there's a reason it won't stand up, OR die. It's from Hades, it is. You'll wake up to yelping one day and find a dog up in a tree where the wisteria vines grabbed it mid-run and made off with it.

You. Have. Been. WARNED.

Jeannelle said...

Wonderful post, Flea! A treat to see these friends from your flower gardens. Spring is such fun!

Thanks for the mention!

Belated birthday wishes to Oatmeal Head!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Oatmeal Head!!! Sorry a few days late.

Oh, your flowers are beautiful!!!