Thursday, April 23, 2015

KNEADING DIRT

 
There is something inherently cathartic about getting your hands down in the dirt to plant flowers. Don’t you agree? All my life I have been partial to impatiens and geraniums. At this time of year, my yard usually bursts with their colorful blooms, brightening my days well into autumn. Because... once placed in the ground, these pretty flowers usually last until the first snow flies. Their longevity rewards me for my efforts. Getting down on my hands and knees, to garden, is a tedious task… and now that I’m older, I do not do it.  As a result, this traditional rite of spring is sorely missing from my world. But I have the memories of my days in the sun and kneading dirt. When I was a little girl, I used to help my mother fill the hillside outside our house with HENS & CHICKS. They caught my fancy, early on. And when I see them today out in the garden shops I am filled with delight. They look primitive, yet have a modernistic shape that fascinates. I like the texture and feel of these succulent beauties too. Is there a flower or plant that is your favorite at planting time?

14 comments:

blogoratti said...

I agree, they look wonderful. Keep the memories alive!

Mildred said...

Good Morning, I love geraniums but have never been successful growing them here in Georgia. I do love succulents. One of our former homes had a huge rock at the entrance to the driveway. We "planted" succulents on top of that rock and it fascinated all the neighborhood kids! I especially have fond memories of gardening with my mom in her later years. Like you, I miss being able to garden myself. Wishing you a nice day.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Right now I am enjoying all the tulips and daffodils that are blooming here. We planted over 200 bulbs a couple of years ago and are now being rewarded for those efforts. Now a days the planting I do is mostly in the containers for the porch and patio, but it's still way to early to do that here. We were in the 30's overnight. BrrrChill!

Jon said...

I haven't seen hens and chicks in a long time. Morning glories and snapdragons always remind me of my grandmother's house when I was a child.

jack69 said...

Being mobile we do very little in the line of planting, but I must tell you just the mention of hens and chicks, kicks my mind in gear with good memories....THANKS

betty said...

Those are pretty; it is hard when we age and we can't do what we liked to do before. I was never a gardener, but I do know how much of a struggle it is to get up from the ground. I like tulips; I haven't seen any here yet in bloom, but I think I see some plants that could be tulips.

betty

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I love Iris and poppies. Just the fact that they come up in my garden year after year is, to me, a miracle. I lived in a house for years where very little grew. And yes, I too am quite partial to Hens and Chicks. But because my now-property gets so much shade, they don't do very well. They do survive, but they'd love more direct sunlight.

Paula said...

I like so many different flowers and tend to change every few years as to my favorite. Like so many not able to do what I used to do but I do have Hen and Chicks and like them so much. Mine are blooming right now.

Mevely317 said...

Memories! You and my DIL in Alabama would get along famously. I've not tried to plant anything in a very long time, (and didn't especially get into it) - but her passion (and stress relief!) is digging in the sweet Earth.

Mildred said...

Stopping by to say that I pray your kitty will be just fine. I am sorry you have found a lump. I know it is stressful. Please let me know what you learn.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love every flower out there and it's hard to say which is a favorite. I do seem to plant the same annuals in the garden each year, which are zinnias and sunflowers. The zinnias don't have a scent, but they make pretty bouquets when cut. As for the pots, I plant quite a variety. I know what you mean about getting up from the ground. It's getting harder for me all the time. I have one of those things that you can kneel on that you can turn upside down and sit on. That helps. Enjoy your weekend!

Red Rose Alley said...

Yes Taryterre, there's something about getting our hands in the dirt and planting those flowers we love. I wish you could see the geraniums once again in your yard. I have roses planted in my back yard, and the white and yellow ones are doing nicely, but we had some rain, so the red and pink ones are slow growing.

Have a blessed weekend.

love, ~Sheri

Carol Z said...

I don't do much planting now, but always enjoyed planting bulbs. Not always at the moment I was planting, but knowing they'd be up in the spring and I would be so happy.

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