Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wishful Thinking....

The little chicken peck kisses of late winter blooms are sweet but I miss the passion and heat of summer. I love the vitality and expressiveness of a field of wildflowers or a border packed with colorful beauties. If summer was a love song, it wouldn't be a ballad. There'd be no sappy, angst filled lyrics or unrequited love.


There would be the zip of a swing tune and the rhythm of reggae  followed by


a hip swaying, shoulder shaking, booty grooving


beat that fills you with joy.
 It would be a happy, smiley "Hey, let's dance!" song


that leaves your legs tingly, your cheeks flushed, and
 your heart pounding.


If it were a kiss, it wouldn't be a chicken peck!

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  1. What about the zing of spring?! The seasonal beat varies by location, I think. You dance to summer's tune - we just melt.

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    1. I do love the zing of mid to late spring but I'm tired of the grays and browns of my dormant garden. I need color! :o) Summer here can be hot and humid but so colorful and lush, too.

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  2. Good point! I love the garden in the summer. I take it for granted when it's here, and I miss it when it's gone. Lately, I'm appreciating all the seasons a little more than I did in the past. Lop off February and even winter would be tolerable. But ... yes, I admit ... summer is spectacular!

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    1. I appreciate the slowness of winter because I dive into other projects that I tend to ignore when I'm gardening. I'm just ready for more color other than blah gray and brown.

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  3. Nice lyrics, give it a beat and we'll dance to it!

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  4. Is it a poetry, Tammy? I liked it and your clematis looks very summery.

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    1. I don't think it's poetry but the writing does have a beat. :o)

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  5. As we are being driven indoors by a winter storm, summer seems so far off. Every season is short around here and I appreciate them all - but your metaphor lends itself so well to the veg garden (you KNEW I would go there, didn't you?) as the trickle of spring turns into the avalanche of summer.

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    1. I've ordered my sweet potato slips and am looking forward to growing them in pots again. The foliage is beautiful and I get sweet potatoes! My carrots are in the freezer and are headed for a carrot cake this Easter. :o)

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  6. Hello Tammy. I love the idea of songs of the seasons. I agree a summer song has much more spirit, it's gutsy even. I can't wait until the garden looks so much more colourful, too.

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    1. It IS gutsy. I hadn't thought of it like that but I like it!

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  7. There is much to look forward to Tammy, the long views in your garden are gorgeous, especially the second photo.

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    1. Thanks! Right now it all looks like a pile of mud. :o(

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  8. You're right, summer would be a big, ole squeezy, squishy hug! Gorgeous photos!!

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  9. Dear Tammy, chicken peck kiss of winter, haha... I am not really looking forward to the heat of summer, because in the previous years it has been a little too hot here in San Diego and it was very hard on the plants, but I am definitively looking forward to a flower filled spring garden. We are almost there here, the roses are setting buds, some of my perennials like the alstroemeria, the dianthus, camellias and hardy geraniums are blooming or starting to bloom. It will be a feast for the eyes and rich meal for the soul.
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. I might not look forward to summer if I never had much winter and was dealing with a drought. But everything is so blah here right now. I'm ready for some zing! At least the crocuses have started throwing out a few shy blooms. Yay!

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  10. No chicken pecks of flowers here :-) Just browns and grays, everywhere you look. March is coming, though, and soon the snowdrops will peek through. I can't wait!

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    1. The snowdrops are up here but I'm not much of a snowdrop fan although I do appreciate their willingness to freeze their little botanical butts off by blooming in winter. I'm ready for tulips and daffodils!

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  11. Oh a passionate kiss, my heart is pounding.

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  12. You realize your kisses are only pecks at this time of the year when you look at your photos from the previous summer and are reminded what passionate kisses are like.

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  13. Chicken pecks are merely the hors d'oeuvre.

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  14. Looking out at the grey grubby landscapes it seems hard to believe it will ever green up and be lush with foliage again. Thanks got the great pictures, we are starting to get excited here about the garden. Thanks for the music link, it's great music!

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    1. I love it when people actually click the music links since I am a big music lover! Michael Franti is awesome!

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  15. I'm not sure what that reddish/purple flower is but it could sure start me to dancing. I listen to music when I'm gardening and have been know to break out in a step or two but I always hope my neighbor isn't looking out her window when the mood strikes. :-)

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    1. It's a Louisiana iris called Red Velvet Elvis and I bought it just for the name! Keep on dancing, regardless of who's watching. :o)

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  16. I love that top picture. What are the orange flowers near the top? Is that Trumpet Vine? As you know, I also like gardens that feel like a big colorful hug.

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    1. You and I are cut from the same cloth. :o) It is indeed a trumpet vine. It lost a lot of leaves last year and looked fairly wrteched but put out more flowers than ever. Go figure....

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  17. Oh, don't hurry it just yet, March and April are so fabulous here. When I was in the woodland today (photographing the trees) the shimmy of the beech leaves in the wind was so lovely it seemed as if the whole world was waking up. I want more cha-cha-cha before we get to the salsa:-)

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    1. March is unfabulous here. It's gray and blustery and the weather can never make up its mind. But I'll take some cha-cha-cha as long as there's a bit of salsa down the road. :o)

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  18. I need that kiss from spring that I love....winter still lets out the snow and cold so no spring or winter blooms here....need that firey passion of the spring and summer soon.

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  19. I'm quite worn out by this post! I like the gentle beauty of winter flowers; the exuberance of spring; relaxing summer blues; and the passion of autumn. Gentle, exuberant, relaxing and passionate kisses all have their place.... not sure about chicken pecks though.

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    1. Winter flowers don't really exist here since our climates are so different. My hellebore will be blooming very soon and the snowdrops are up but I find them pretty boring. But I am looking forward to my hellebore, daffs and crocus.

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  20. We are well on our way here. Blooms are starting to unfold and the garden is awakening. It won't be long before its full on. The clematis on your fence is stunning!

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    1. Thanks! I had to move it several times before I found the right spot to make it happy. :o)

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  21. Certainly not a peck with those clematis - exuberantly gorgeous! That is one reason I like spring in all its brilliant shades of yellow. To me spring is singing at the top of its lungs with arms wide open, "I've arrived!"

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    1. Thanks! I agree about the joyfulness of spring. Spring in full swing is a happy place, indeed. :o)

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  22. All these pictures are gorgeous ... but the back lit one illuminating the grass is spectacular !
    I agree about what type of song deep summer is ... makes me hot and bothered thinking about it ;-)
    Joy hehehe

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  23. I don't know. If summer were a song in my garden, it might be a funeral dirge! Too hot, too sticky, too often too dry. Plants wilt and many disappear. But spring! From March through May is when we party. Having said that, those plants that relish summer tend to be the loud hussies, definitely hotties, as well as out of control weeds!

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    1. Your summers are hot hot hot! I think I'd enjoy spring more, too, if I lived in AL!

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  24. How I long to hear that song! I am totally fed up of the ballad of winter! Just looking at your fabulous summer photos makes me long for it even more.

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    1. Me, too! But spring is starting to show her sweet face so the wait won't be much longer. :o)

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  25. You never fail to raise a smile!!! Just LOVE your posts. Fab song, and like you, I love the richness of summer, it get the blood pumping!xxx

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    1. Awwww, thanks! That song definitely makes me want to dance. :o)

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  26. Everything looks so beautiful and I can't wait for spring and summer to arrive once again. Have a great week!

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  27. I often "see" music when I look at a beautiful flowerbed. And I agree, summer flowers are a passionate kiss.

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  28. Hi! TY for visiting my blog and leaving a response! To answer your question, in the past, we haven't used grow lights because of limited space but, this season we're gonna bite the bullet and make the space. It should be interesting! This time of year, I always envy those who live in milder climates. You'll be digging in the dirt long before we are! You have an amazing garden! I love, love, love your Clematis vine! What are the pale pink cascading blooms that are behind it?

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    1. The pale pink blooms are from a shrub called 'Pink a Boo' deutzia. It's an absolute showstopper of an old fashioned shrub. It's hardy to zone 5. As for grow lights, check out my So Seedy page to see my funky set up. :o)

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  29. Hello Tammy, oh just looking at all those wonderful flowering garden photos, especially the spectacular Clematis at the end has me really yearning for long, warm summer days where I have hours to garden and am surrounded by lazy buzzing bees, countless flowers, green leaves all under a sunny cloudless blue sky. We're heading in the right direction but it is still a few months away yet. Missing that summer snog.

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    1. We have some crazy warm weather coming next week that will kick spring into action. I'm looking forward to finally seeing some flowers, although my crocus have been putting on a sweet show. I took the pic of the clematis from my neighbors side of the fence looking into my garden.

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  30. Your summer borders are gorgeous! What is the pink clematis?

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    1. Thanks and I have no idea! I just call it 'the pink clematis'! But I can dig through my plant labels, if you'd like. :o)

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    2. I wonder if it is 'Ville de Lyon'.

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  31. Your photos of your summer garden are sooooo nice! I am so ready to see blossoms.

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    1. Thanks and me, too! But my first daffs bloomed today. Yay!

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  32. Beautiful summery photos – after the recent cold spell we have had over here I am longing for summer and warm weather too! And I had ‘Ville de Lyon’ in my previous garden too – now the new tenant is going to enjoy the spectacular flowers as I just could not take it with me, it was 12 years old and HUGE. But I have just ordered three new clematis’ so I won’t be without here in my new garden :-)

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    1. I'm sure the new plants will thrive under your magic touch. :o)

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  33. You are a beautiful poet as well as an amazing gardener ☺

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