Monday, February 27, 2012

It Keeps Me Honest


This past weekend my gardening season began in earnest,


I am better for it.

It keeps me honest.

”Wax on- wax off.”
As in simple, hard , physical work.

Remember that line from Karate Kid?


I was aided by fragrance everywhere.

My jasmine is blooming-

and my orange trees are blooming.

Heaven .


I wish this photo had a scratch and sniff feature

so you could experience it too.

And so,

I do better when I work.

And yes, I sometimes work too hard,

and my muscles hurt,

and as a result I walk funny,

and my yard clothes get as dirty as a toddler’s,

but I have a smile on my face,


today for the first time this year,

I ran the water hose all over my face.



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Karen said...

Yee-ha! Good for you!! It's going to be so worth it.
Ladybug Creek

Bliss said...

So hard for me to relate that your jasmine is blooming while I wait on 7 inches of snow! My spring is coming.... just not yet.


Deb said...

pure joy....I got to dig in some dirt this felt good to have to clean dirt out from under my nails...

Lorilee said...

I'm with you. I spent a large part of Sunday in the yard. Then I had to take an Aleve! My Mountain Laurel is in full-bloom, but that is about it. Oh, I have several gerbera daisies blooming.

CHERI said...

Things are blooming here strange since they've been blooming all February! I told my hubby this week that I wanted some new nooks & crannies in our yard this year. He told me to show him what I want and he'll do it. Problem is I don't know what I want!!! Guess I'd better be looking for some ideas:)

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous pictures! I love to work in the yard too and I'm so ready for Spring!

NanaDiana said...

Oh, Laura girl, you are making me LONG for Spring. I can remember the smell of magnolias and orange blossoms when I lived in the South. There is nothing like it in the world. AND there is nothing like running that hose over your face when it is so hot you can hardly stand it-what a wonderful feeling- xo Diana

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Oh, I can't wait for my gardening to begin. But we're going away for the weekend so it will have to wait until the following weekend. Such beautiful pictures. Please make sure you link up to my Wild About Mother Nature Party which started tonight. This is the perfect post. :)
Blessings, Barb

joanne said...

how wonderful! It will be months before I see any of that loveliness around here...thanks for sharing!

Patty Marker said...

Oh, I am so jealous. I haven't gotten out there yet. Hopefully this week. It is a wonderful kind of sore, isn't it?

Special 'K' said...

What a great post! Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Theresa said...

I love hard work and dirty hands:) Your blooms are all SO pretty! Have a blessed day with your sore muscles! HUGS!

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Yoohoo! Thanks for hooking up to my Wild About Mother Nature #2 Party. I appreciate your support and kindness. Have a fabuloso day! :)

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh my, so early!!! I wanna live where you live so I can enjoy the sweet scents of spring too!

Down in the frost holler I live in it'll frost 'till May 15th.

I'm itchin' to get down and dirty in my acre of flower gardens. Have mercy...I love the dirt under my nails. Heeehehehe!

God bless and thanks for sharin' a piece of your beautiful spring! :o)

Leslie's Garden said...

Oh yes! Looks like you've got a great start there to Spring. Beautiful already!

Pam Kessler said...

I am so jealous. We have a few more months before I can start digging in the dirt. Love the petunias.

Pondside said...

I can't wait! The water in the pails outside the henhouse is frozen solid! I won't be spraying anything with water until the cold snap is over. I love all that colour you've shown - bring it on!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I definitely remember the phrase from karate kid. I love jasmine...I had it at my former home, but not here...I just may have to change that.
I can relate to the pure joy that comes from working in the garden. I can't wait...I've one day of it so far...looking forward to more.
Happy to follow along with you as your newest follower.
sharon @ mrs. hines class

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I was just enjoying reading your Thoughts posts and realized you are a Texas girl. Me too!
I'm in a suburb north of Houston. Sounds like you've found some good towns to shop...none of which I've been to. Guess I need to change that.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

trash talk said...

I wish the dirt I'm sportin' came fron the garden.'s not as fragrant!
A little is blooming here...including this blooming idiot.
P.S. I think I'll live on the edge today and drink to you...from the hose.

savvycityfarmer said...

you're the envy of every midwestern cowgirl ... gardening in March

really now!!!


momto8 said...

lucky you!!! we have rain and cool temps here in pa...but spring is coming!


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