Tea on Tuesday is hosted by Dianne this week and she has chosen the theme “What signifies the coming of spring for you?” The answer to that is our wisteria growing back and flowers and more flowers. I am no good with the whole “spring forward” thing, I am always so messed up with the time change because all of the clocks seem to have a will of their own, and it takes a week or so to get back into the groove!
I have taken a picture of one of my favorite vintage cups that I found at the thrift store, and today I am drinking a black cherry tea by Celestial Seasonings. I have always loved flowers and gardens but never considered myself a gardener. I have grouped a few of the flowers we have growing in our yard around my cup, and when I see the picture up close, I have to admit that perhaps I am a gardener!
When we first moved in to our house, there were only a few plants, and no grass whatsoever. We planted along the brick wall just to give it some color. One evening we had all of our wind chimes stolen, and they were hanging just outside the door (hidden here by the bougainvillea). Sooooo, we had the fence put up, and the flowers had to be on the outside, which actually looks very pretty.
This is a picture of the amaryllis that was here when we moved in. However we moved in during November and had no idea what was planted there. Can you imagine the surprise we had our first spring to see these blooming! The seeds have blown and traveled to other parts of the yard, but they really seem to love this area the best!
This is one of two-wheel barrows that were bequeathed to me by friends. I love to use non-traditional planters such as these and an old toilet that is in our backyard. I think that this odd trait came from the summers we spent at our cottage in Canada, where many of our neighbors had rock gardens, old boat gardens, and you guessed it porcelain thrones stuffed full of petunias!
This view is of the backyard which we have entirely bricked. My husband and I hauled every one of those bricks as well as 3 old telephone posts, (I believe that I was much younger then). Can see a small section of the potato vine that yields that lovely purple flower from the first photo?
The bright yellow flowers are actually a weed called “stink weed” (I believe), and they have volunteered to grow throughout the garden, which is quite nice indeed as they do add a nice touch of color. My friend Betty once said that weeds were merely unplanned guests, no need to fret, make room for them and they will be delighted!
Please join Kimmie our tea master, and the rest of the ladies for a cup of spring!