"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Stroll: Gardens, Indoors & Out

The 10 inches of snow we received on Tuesday is melted now, after a series of sunny, over-40 degree days. There's still snow cover, of course, and the breeze is incessant. But the maple sugar houses are cranking out the product, a sure sign of "late" winter! In case we couldn't tell that from the calendar.

I have a pair of pink camellia shrubs growing indoors, a large one I ordered from Logee's Greenhouse, and a smaller one rooted from a cutting. The big one has never bloomed. The little, home-made one just did.

I've had this azalea for over a decade, at least. An amazingly reliable houseplant.

The Crown of Thorns.

Every autumn my passion flower dies all the way back but around the first of the year it sends up fresh young shoots. I've snipped back the new growth to encourage branching, and now it's twining nicely around the tuteur.

Another reliable old-timer, the red cyclamen.

The Chap received this ivy as a welcome gift when he started his job over 3 years ago. It was in a faltering state of health by the time he moved into his new office last autumn so he brought it home for triage. I've brought it back from the brink and it's looking much better.

Scented geranium leaves.

The Chap is also an indoor gardener--or rather, farmer. These are his sprouts.

Outdoor, the naked mermaid is sunbathing, and probably glad that the snow has receded.

Elsewhere, another garden statue is still buried in snow and caged by rose canes and dead stalks of bergamot.

I hope your strolls take you to pleasant places today. To continue strolling, visit Aisling's blog. And thanks for stopping by.

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