Status Of The Patio Garden: April 1, 2021

It was in the thirties last night. Once again I hauled all the plants from the nursery back inside. My kitchen cabinet countertops are covered on one side once I bring them in.

It’s still too cold out right now to take them back out for them to get some sun. Hopefully this afternoon.

I think once we get past tomorrow night we might (might) be past the freezing weather and I can plant them outdoors.

This lovely female cardinal came to visit me yesterday. I didn’t see her mate. She looks fairly young to me.

She’s perching on my Ginkgo Biloba Jade Butterfly tree in the pot.

I typically have a cardinal couple hang out here during the warm season. I hear the male sing his song up in the trees somewhere, so he’s nearby.

Here’s one clump of hostas. They’re coming up pretty fast and in a week or so will be lush and full.

The lamb’s ear and wild violets are filling in that end of the blue raised bed. And the golden pennies are filling out the other end near the irises.

Below is the beautiful red geranium I bought and have to keep bringing back in due to the cold weather. It’s got lots of blooms and I can’t wait to see them open.

A Nice Surprise:

Last weekend I was transferring photos to use on Instagram and stumbled across some photos from when I lived in Texas over 10 years ago. I guess they were stored on Google somewhere.

What warmed my heart were photos of Abi. And Bonnie and Clyde, the cats, that are both dead now.

I look at these photos that were such a surprise to find, safe now in my possession, and I cry as I write this. This was a long time ago, but you never stop missing them, do you?

Except for the longer fur, Clyde looks very much like Ivy. At least in the face. Clyde did not have the spots Ivy has.

Just having their photos makes me feel like in a way I still have them. At least I can see their sweet faces again.

Tomorrow there will be another home tour.


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  1. Yes, you miss your pets that have passed. I especially miss my Miky ( pronounced Mickey) so very much. I have her picture on my bedroom mirror so I can see her every day. She is buried beside the pine tree in our front yard ! For her name, I took the last two letters of my granddaughter’s name (Jami) and the first two letters of my grandson’s name ( Kyle).

  2. No, you never forget your dear fur babies who have passed over to the Happy Hunting Grounds. I remember them often with a smile, but I can’t think of when they passed because it makes me cry. Yesterday and today the bird bath was frozen over, sigh. It is cold out there, with brisk winds out of the north, brrrrrrr. I just checked the temperature and as of 2 p.m. my time it was 37 degrees F. Not unusual, but really disappointing and a shock to the system after the 10 or so days we had of really great warm spring weather where I could work outside comfortably without jacket, hat or gloves. The wind makes it impossible to do any raking, which I still have plenty to do, along with clean-up from the stronger winds we had earlier in the week.

  3. What gorgeous cats and no you never forget and they will always be part of your family! I have pictures of my dogs that have long passed away and I enjoy looking at their sweet faces. It brings me comfort at this point.

  4. Hi Brenda~
    As i’ve said before, i’ve followed you for years..
    I also remember your luscious patio garden in Texas..

  5. Especially the very best pets we never get over missing I think…we have not anyway. Nice you found some photos…for indeed they are our family!! Love your plants…if I had space for such, some of them I would get too.

  6. How well your patio plantings are progressing! Here on Cape Cod, it’s too early to plant our window boxes (they’re actually railing boxes on all the apartment porches) until mid May. I put our house plants out around Memorial Day.
    This morning, I am fortunate to be caring for a neighbors Yorkie mix for a few hours…Olive is a sweetheart. My upstairs neighbor came down to say hello to Olive, and she and I were talking about how much we miss our dogs…her pug was 17 and passed two weeks ago, my Edith was 14 and passed last year. No, we never stop missing our fur companions. Very pleased for you Brenda that you found photos of your dear pets to enjoy again.

  7. Brenda, you Bonnie and Clyde made me cry as well, you are so right, you never stop loving or missing your fur kids. I miss my Munchen every day, she was my first pet and I am blessed beyond words to have had her for 14 years and 10 months.
    As for your garden, your tulip photo on Instagram this morning made me smile with joy, it was so beautiful! Your garden brings me hope! Have a wonderful day my friend.

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