One of the the things I enjoy most about gardening is the way that the plants I grow will occasionally surprise me. The bulb that I forgot I placed in the fall ground will provide a lovely surprise come the spring. That plant that I least expected to succeed, not only succeeds but thrives in the soil. This spring, the rhododendron bushes that grow on either side of my front porch steps qualify as that kind of surprise.
The plants are always lovely, of course, but last year's winter was rather rough for them and come last spring they didn't bounce back as much as I would have liked. I did some garden research to diagnose the problem and trimmed off some dead branches early this year. hen I promptly forgot about the rhododendrons. Or at least I did until this past week when the bushes exploded in color, with a lavish display of deep purple flowers.
I think the Republican party is venal and ignorant and I fear we all bear the costs. I am ready for the Democrats to control Congress. I like to read (I just finished Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer,), garden, cook, and talk.
I love… birdsong in the morning, the neighborhood woodpecker, cheerful pennants, days warm enough to sit on the front porch, soft sheets, floral skirts, the sky at dawn, peach blossoms, shiny toenails, blue skies, dogwood flowers, azalea blooms, my new rhododendron, ponytails, peepers, my fairy garden, the fresh smell of spring rain, a walk at Colonial Park, Spring recipes, party planning, and sleep after a good workout.