No Grace

It's been five weeks since she's been in the house. I last saw Grace before I went to bed on a Friday night and haven't seen her since. I assume that she has met her demise--hopefully, not a painful one. 

I hope her four years with us were as happy for her as they were for us.

My very own flowers!!

It's not actually 'officially' gardening weather, but I am excited to have some color in the garden already.

oh, my head!

We had a HUGE tree/bush removed from the garden two summers ago and it left a round patch of dirt where grass didn't grow. I thought I'd used that patch as a flower garden since I couldn't see us reseeding it with grass. 

Now, in my organized head, nothing had grown there for years, so I expected that only what I planted there would grow and I'd have wonderful colors all spring and summer. That worked out pretty much like I though last summer and I was happy with my first-ever starting-from-scratch flower garden.

I mentally made note of the first seeds I put out. Some grew well, some didn't. That's ok, You live and learn. All autumn and winter, I gathered up seeds and plans to make it a better garden this year. 

Imagine my surprise and confusion when, on the first warmish spring day, I found stuff that I hadn't planted growing up ALL OVER my garden!!

There's a LOT of this stuff that reminds me of parsley. Now that I think about it, it might just be cow parsley, but we will have to wait and see.

And there's this one that could be parsley's cousin.

I truly don't remember planting anything this close to the lupins!

And this large-leaf plant has popped up in several places.

When I saw 5 or 6 of these little guys that look just like the leaves on a penstemon we moved from another part of the yard to the garden, it finally dawned on me that many of these green things could have been a garden from years gone by!! (Sometimes, it takes me a while, but I eventually get there.)

So, the plan for this year is to let things go until they bloom and only pull what I know are not wanted.
It ought to be an interesting year for the garden.

more john deere

I forgot to include this thermometer in the last group since it's just sits quietly on the wall.

This is the first John Deere item that Hubby sent. It was full of flowers and now hangs in the kitchen.

I use this wind chime to tell when we have earthquakes :)

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