Friday, February 29, 2008

What's on your coffee table?




I can’t resist a bit of amateur psychology…here are the 3 magazines on my coffee table (and, yes, I have subscriptions to all 3) ...Southern Living, Victoria and Garden & Gun.

So what do you think it says about me or my family?


Monday, February 25, 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Spring teasing...


Aren't their faces, sweet?
Just look at these lovelies and you will know what I mean and why I am wishing Spring here. I know my dear friends from points north will just shake their heads at me but I can’t wait. These “affadils” (as my DD called them for years) are really gorgeous this year. I think this is their 3rd spring and it shows in how many more blooms they have shared.

Last year my normal urge to toil in the soil just wasn’t what it usually is. I don’t know, maybe I had an off year, maybe it was the drought that put a damper (ha-ha) on my gardening…I just don’t know. But this year, it was barely New Years when I started mulling over seed catalogs and pondering plantings. So, these sweet little yellow blooms have just kicked up my urge to head out to the garden center for some color. I will fight that strong pull, though, because so often winter returns with a vengeance to steal away the buds and blooms of spring (like last year when it came in one night and completely wiped out all my azalea blooms!).

I have several perennials that will be in their 2nd season with me and I am looking forward to seeing the rewards of my work. Spring fever also has me planning some trips to visit other gardens and indulge my love of gardening such as a picnic to the Botanical Garden at Clemson University (http://www.clemson.edu/scbg/ , the Botanical Garden in Athens, GA (http://www.uga.edu/botgarden/ ), the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/home.do ) and of course, I will most definitely have to have a leisurely visit at one of my all time favorites…Callaway Gardens (http://www.callawaygardens.com/ ) when the Azaleas are high form.

Anyone else having a bit of Spring Fever?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Drought....


This past weekend DD and DS#2 and I decided to walk around the lake a bit. I realize that doesn’t sound very interesting but to those of you outside of North GA ,you might be interested in knowing we literally walked around “IN” the lake. If you haven’t heard... North GA is in a severe drought and has been for the last year or so. Lake Lanier and others lakes in the region are practically unrecognizable. Though, loved by boaters and fisherman alike, most of the boat ramps are closed and it is dangerously low. Here is a link http://www.conservewatergeorgia.net/Documents/georgia_drought.html if you are interested is learning more.
Normally, the water line is up to those trees and makes it an island.
Yes, that is a boating buoying (is that how you spell that?) to let boaters know of more shallow waters...in a full lake you wouldn't see the bottom half or the pole! Now, if that isn't context I don't know what is.
DD & DS#2
BTW, the clams are dying in our lake!