Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Possible Plan of attack



Just a pretty picture of my all-time favorite flowers. There are not a lot of flowers on our property but in the early spring these beauties crowd around the front hill of the house. I could sit out there and smell their perfume all day. I know there are several companies who make perfumes called Lily of the Valley but, as is the case with most fragrances, nothing comes near the original scent in nature. I can't wait to see these little beauties. They make me so happy and I just walk around with them held up to my nose all day.

I'm not doing much right now but I like to check in with friends and see what's up. If you love gardens and people who work hard to make them beautiful, you can't beat Melody and Dave. On her Fibermania blog, Melody is currently beginning the gigantic job of planting and caring for a new and wonderful space. If you are like me, and waiting patiently for things like the flowers above, take yourself over there for an eye full of wonder. They have an orchard with all manner of apples and even, be still my heart, Asian pears. For me, you could stop right there and I'd be in hog heaven. My husband has had to restrain me physically from jumping out of a moving vehicle into an apple orchard more than once. I'd rather have fruit than candy, or for that matter, almost anything. Fruit from a tree...Oh My! When I was a little girl in the Midwest, there was a giant pear tree across the road. We had a tornado pass through the area and the winds took down that tree. I would go over there, crossing the road(very forbidden)at around 5 years old and eat myself sick on those pears. The tree was covered with yellow jackets who also wanted the fruit and I didn't care a lick. I remember being stung on the foot and arms-didn't matter, there was fruit to be eaten. Even at 5 it was all about the food. There was also an apple tree with the small kind of sourish apples you wouldn't normally care about-not me, I'd get up in those branches and pick those teeny apples and eat till my stomach hurt.

My point is this....if Mel & Dave know what's good for them, they will get strong flashlights and big dogs because I'm already dreaming about those apples and pears... Seriously, if you get a chance go see what's up at Casa Johnson. That girl has a green thumb and then some. Now if I can just find that map of Tennessee here somewhere.

O.K. now I'm hungry....bah.

11 comments:

Rose said...

Oh my yes, nothing compares to fresh fruits from the tree. I grew up with two apple trees in our yard. They were also the green hard crab apple type but we, my sisters and I, love to eat them. Of course we hated having to pick up the mushy ones on Sunday's before my father mowed the lawn. The memories have made me smile. Thanks for that!

theysaywordscanbleed said...

lovely flower plant.

Janet said...

Lily of the Valley reminds me of my grandma. She loved them, too and had them growing all around the yard. And believe it or not, there are lots of fruit orchards very nearby....peaches, apples, and Asian pears. You wouldn't think the high desert would be good for fruit but I guess it is! I'll warn all the growers that you might be on your way out here, too!!

Darcie said...

Let's Mapquest them! She's just made some lovely bread too...so if we hurry...it'll still be warm.

;-)

Rian said...

I grew up in Ohio and Lily of the Valley was my mother's favorite flower. She had them growing on the north side of the house (I remember her telling me that's where they like to be). We had a plum tree in our yard (lord it made a mess every year), and I liked the plums. So did the ants, who had a HUGE nest beneath the tree. These were big black ants, not like the little brown ones we have in California. I must have been sitting on top of the main entrance to the nest because those ants were crawling all over me as I ate the plums, crying. Sheesh, what a dope.

Gerrie said...

That woman does it all and with such wonderful results. I live vicariously through her and have since I met her way back in my early quilt life.

Mrs. Mel said...

Dee, I blush.
But that's nothing compared with the singing my knees are doing today. The garden arrived via UPS yesterday and I got 1/16th of that shipment planted.
I must be nuts.

Rosy said...

Dee, you are so right. I totally love to watch the transformation of their grounds. I wish, I wish...

The Carolina Quilter said...

My mother had lily of the valley on the northern side of the house and it did smell so sweet. I love fruit as well but I still have a sweet tooth that just adores chocolate! Run over to my blog and comment--I'm paying it forward sometime soon.

Cindra said...

Dee, I'm planning a roadtrip to Tennessee this summer to see Ms. Mel, want to meet me there?

I love Lilies of the Valley. I keep looking for the perfect place to grow them. Hopefully the ones I planted last summer will multiply.

FabricMom said...

Beautiful picture. I love those plants. I can't wait for spring to get here. Our flower gardens need a lot of TLC. We moved in right when it was getting cold.

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