Tuesday, March 18, 2008

the de rigeur 'spring is coming' post, and a truly brilliant dinner plan

All over the mama-blogosphere are images of flowers coming up. Mine are well behind most, because it's cold here, but my post has the added benefit of letting you feel good about your own gardening. You will see exactly how much of a slovenly gardener I was last fall, and how very much I have to do before spring gets going in earnest. The beds are a mess, but the bulbs are coming up anyway. Above are the daffodils.
Here are the tulips.
Irises.
Hyacinths.
Phlox, which seemed not to stop growing through the winter. Is this common? If it is, I'm going to be planting a lot of it. It's done very well here, in one of the hottest, dryest parts of my garden.
Crocuses.
And here is my dinner, prepared for me by my friend Sandy Davenport (go have a look, she's also over there in the sidebar) because I am so swamped this week. It's a shepherd's pie, with half white potato and half sweet potato, and it's in the oven right now. Amazing. Thank you.

And that's the good news. The bad news is that between a French lesson, a glorious spinning session, a recorder lesson, and a quick visit from my parents who have just returned from Hawaii, I got not a speck of that editing project done today. Which means that after dinner is eaten, books are read, and the kids are tucked in, I'm going to be tapping away at this here keyboard, until way past my bedtime.

6 comments:

Maria said...

mom blogoshere. How true is that? I did the obligatory (you said de rigeur..I so like that you didn't dumb it down) spring is here post but it keeps mocking me. Very loud. It's supposed to snow tomorrow. So say hello to you sweet little bulbs bursting everythere...I will be knee...okay, ankle deep in snow....

elsie deluxe said...

And I love that you so like that I didn't dumb it down. I didn't remember the italics, though, which would be necessary since it's a French phrase. Ah well, perfection in blogging is not the goal.

And it's plenty cold here too. We're getting flurries every day.

Tara said...

Too much mud, snow and cold rain here to even think about the garden...
Dinner from a friend when you need it most – how awesome is that?

Ipo said...

we did a bunch of gardening today - dug up the purple sweet potatoes, weeded, planted the flower starts and will plant the vegie starts this weekend. i do enjoy gardening and the vitality that is a garden but what a wouldn't do for a season off...

elsie deluxe said...

Yes, but our season off is such a loooooonnnnngggg one... half the year, really. And I don't think you would like the snow that comes with a season off, dear SIL.

Ipo said...

no, the snow i like to live without, but a bit of time where everything around isn't constantly growing, needing care, isn't on my Get To It list would be nice, but 6 months is a bit long. pros and cons...