“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

Today we still have sun and blue sky and that pesky breeze which gives a chill to the air. We got to 55˚ yesterday. Last night was cold. I have bird feeders to fill, and that’s it for chores. I have no errands. I see a quiet day with my book.

When I was a kid, the fathers did all the lawn and garden work except for Mrs. Burns who lived on top of the hill behind my house. She took care of her lawn, and it was the best lawn in the neighborhood. The backs of the houses had no divisions between the yards but you knew where her yard started and ended because of the thick, green lawn. If anyone walked on her lawn, she shouted from the kitchen window none too gently. I remember watching her mow. She went back and forth overlapping each row.

My father always planted pansies and marigolds in the small garden in the front of our house. They were the only flowers I knew by name. My father mowed the lawn with his push mower. All his life he used that bush mower. He was always proud of his lawns. He didn’t let anyone else mow. He had a system. After my parents had bought a house, my father planted in the window boxes out front, and my mother had a flower garden in the back below the kitchen windows. She had a statue of St. Francis in her garden. My mother had all sorts of flowers planted and the garden was beautiful. We did have to fence it as my dog Maggie always checked out the garden and stepped on my mother’s flowers. After I bought my house, my parents came down for the weekend, and my father planted flowers in my garden, and he mowed the lawn in front and the tall grass in the back. The flowers still grow every spring.

I have a list of flowers to buy this year. They are different than any already in my garden. I also have a list for the window boxes on the back deck rails. Those plants repel mosquitos.

I am impatient for warmer weather so I can shop at the garden store. I love wandering the rows of flowers and herbs. I take my list and check off my floral finds. I also pick up some not on the list because of their beauty or their colors. I just want flowers.

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10 Comments on ““I must have flowers, always, and always.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    First, thanks for talking about flowers. I came in from the yard an hour ago and got on the computer to look for a specific thing but immediately got sucked down the internet rabbit hole. Eventually, I came to your blog and saw flowers and remembered what I needed to find. Peony cages!

    My yard has few flowers in it now. When I was a kid there were beds of flowers all around the property that had been planted by the previous owners. In fact, a couple of those aforementioned peonies are remnants of those plantings. I still remember the huge bed in the side yard. It was bordered along the sidewalk by forsythia hedge and contained lemon lilies, tiger lilies, sweetpeas, and other flowers that I don’t recall. My father dug it all up and planted grass. :/ Along the west side of the house was a border planting of lilies and poppies. There was a huge bridal bush and hydrangeas. My father dug those up too and planted more grass. There were apple trees and cherry trees. Those blew down in various hurricanes. He dug up the lilacs, the asparagus, the rhubarb, the rose trellis. Only the black walnut trees and the ancient japanese quince remain.
    My parents weren’t big on ornamental plants. My father had a big vegetable garden and that was his pride and joy. It’s gone to the wild side now and is full of grape vines, japanese roses, pokeweed, and skunk cabbage and that’s just fine with me. I don’t have to mow those. 🙂

    It’s beautiful up here today. Warm sun, cool breeze. The dogs lazed around in the sunny side yard while I sat on the garden wall and gathered some vitamin D. I’m wearing my flip-flops. Ah Spring!

    Enjoy the day. I’m off to get peony cages.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m glad my post jogged your memory. That happens to me as well. I lose track of what I want and am drawn in by something else.

      My front garden has several plants which return every spring, but I remember from last year there were a few holes. Sebastian, my neighbor and landscaper, always says I don’t need new plants, but I always want the fullest of gardens.

      That is too bad about the flowers. I would love to have my house surrounded by gardens. Grass needs too much attention. My flowers grow and never disappoint me.

      Your days are much warmer than mine. The other day we were 10˚ cooler. That pesky ocean keeps spring at bay. I just filled the feeders, and it is nippy out.

      Henry goes out the dog door just fine but he is hesitant to come in the same way. I was on the deck, and he wanted in and got close 5 or 6 times, but he finally decided he was okay to go in. I don’t mind except in the mornings. He wakes me up early so I go down and open the back door. He goes out. This morning I went back to bed but had to go back downstairs as he wasn’t coming i.

      Have a great day!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Chilly and rainy here today, I don’t mind because it gave me an excuse to not take a walk with the dogs 🙂 They’ll have to do with the garden today.

    I don’t have that many flowers now days, well I still have more than the rest of the village together 🙂 🙂 but I know my body won’t get any better so now I’m concentrating on bushes and trees instead, preferable those who gives me something to eat as well as flowers 🙂

    I’ve never really understood those who love to mow their lawn 🙂 🙂 My closest neighbor is one of them and he is also the one with most moles and voles digging in it. I can’t find a single vole hole or mound in my garden and I wouldn’t mind if I had 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      My dad was most decidedly a lawn guy. He wanted his green, thick and lush. It took a while as the house had a horrible front lawn, but my dad persisted.

      My sister had 3 inches of snow on Saturday so I’ll not complain about the chilly breeze.

      I don’t have the room out front of the house for bushes, and my backyard has pine trees and doesn’t get much sun. Besides, I like it natural for the dog.

      Have a great day!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Is Hedley still in Toronto and ok? Kat, maybe any news on facebook?

    • katry Says:

      I don’t know, Birgit, but I suspect he is home. He did mention it was a weekend trip and the concert was Saturday.

      • Hedley Says:

        Hi Birgit and Kat,
        Yes, we are ok. We saw Steve Wilson last night and headed out of Toronto at 9 am this morning.
        My son in law called in a bit of a panic knowing how uncomfortably close we were staying to today’s event.
        I guess I would normally be gushing about music and the show but have an overwhelming sense of sadness about what happened to the good folks of Toronto.
        Love and kisses and thank you for the concern
        H

      • katry Says:

        Thank you, MDH

        I figured you had left yesterday because I thought the concert was Saturday. It would have worried me more if I had known it was last night.

        This has happened far too often. Words fail me.

  4. Birgit Says:

    The apple trees are in full bloom right now and look beautiful. It looks like we’ll get a lot of berries and fruit this year if frost won’t kill them. The lawn between trees and bushes and flowering weeds is full of moss. Who cares, moss is green too 🙂

    Happy reading! Today is World Book Day.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I will have my blooming but I just have be patient.

      There are no apple trees around or at least I don’t remember seeing any. My driveway gets moss. I don’t use it as it goes downhill. At the end of the driveway is now a fence gate to my backyard. I had all the moss removed last year from the tar, but I noticed some is back.

      I did read this afternoon but inside. I was hoping for deck time, but it was cold.


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