Monday, March 17, 2014

Portrait Of A Country Garden~














A little book I enjoy.. this one..  was a gift years ago..bought at a book sale..with an inscription to a "Jane"..
Jane Doe..John Doe..
Landed in Monique's hands..it's always on a bookshelf..with this old camera I have had forever and a day.
It features garden stories..watercolors.. and a huge dried lilly my son-in -law handed me the day he married our daughter..it's left discoloration on some pages but to me ..it's only made it more precious.
Read the March poem..it brings optimism:)
In our home..yellow tulips this time..My husband's idea..he has grown accustomed to them..:)
And violets..an old fashioned favorite of mine..
Before my fingers get to dig in the earth..I'll bide my time with these:)



See the discolorations?
Never mind..I even write in cookbooks now..
Things change..they never stay the same..



The seed catalogues are arriving..Planning what to grow..wondering if those beautiful tiny poppies will come back..
I only see the tops of the hydrangea branches..the Tree of Enchantment is still well hidden under all the snow..
Soon..I'll climb over the snow and clip the group 3 clematis.Haul the cuttings to The Secret Garden..
The snow will melt ...
The Spring clean up will begin..
The fence will be repainted..
Some wintered birdhouses will go back out.
And then..like magic..I'll look out and everything will be a sea of green instead of white.





33 comments:

  1. Love seeing that smile behind the camera, and your blog today give us hope for warmth~

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    1. I actually like that smile too when it happens:)

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  2. ooh, what is this book that I don't know about, it looks so pretty, love that you keep the dried lilly from your son in law in the book, so special. I also love hearing that seed catalogs are beginning to arrive, I hope we get to see pictures of your beautiful garden soon. It feels like such a long winter everywhere. I was able to plant some pansies in pots this weekend though :)

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    1. My soon to be future post links back to you again for your inspirations...

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  3. So much hope that Spring is here to stay!!

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  4. This has seemed to be the "winter that won't quit" for so many people! We have begun to see some green here.

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  5. Des clichés qui respirent le printemps et la vie.
    Ce vieil appareil photo a un charme particulier que j'aime beaucoup.

    Passez une bonne semaine ~

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  6. I can't imagine having the long winters that you do....My neighbor was out planting her garden yesterday...we are behind. I feel guilty enjoying the sunshine and breezes of spring. Your thoughts and dreams of warmer days has got to help.

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    1. You get used to your climate..and you get used to driving around thinking ..I am so grateful for all this..
      Today was ....ffffreeezing..and the wind?Well I cannot even describe..
      Still...I saw the beauty light:)

      Every season excites me.Not like 4 yrs ago..but it still does.

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  7. What a treasure--lovely! Our snow is finally starting to melt. No greening or budding for awhile.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. We neither no greening or budding for a while....

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  8. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I love the illustrations and watercolors in the Garden book, wonderful find along with that Eastman Kodak camera. In green, love it!! Happy Spring planting soon!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  9. What a lovely book you've chosen to show us and to keep your treasured orchid in. I like the March poem. I do hope your snow will melt soon. I really understand now why my daughter couldn't stay in Quebec for another winter. We have guests staying in our little cottage for a three week spring holiday, and they've invited Mr France & myself for a late afternoon BBq. as we are enjoying some lovely warm sunshine at the moment, I've just seen your Green post and think I'll make your 'Colcannon parcels' to add to the BBq'd meat. It sounds really tasty. and we Brits. love our potatoes and cabbage. Thank you so much for your get well thoughts. I have another week before I have my scan and return to see the specialist.

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  10. Oh.. enjoy the day!
    Strangely enough..I doubt I would leave my frozen tundra..every season holds it's charm..March wears long..March is THE long month..If we went from Feb to April..it would be paradise:)
    I have all my fingers and toes crossed for your next appt..
    Totally.

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  11. What a lovely book. I can't imagine how you endure those long winters. I made my husband promise I would never have to be cold again and so far he has. I hope spring comes very soon for you.
    Sam

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  12. We in the north country need the inspiration & optimism of you gardeners at this time of year. Winter isn't dark anymore, but oh, yes, it is stubborn & my poor bones are so chilled! I'm curious: have you ever used that pretty camera? It goes well with the book, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing your hope for spring!

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  13. Lovely spring post.....happy week love Ria...x !

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  14. Very interesting old camera you have here Monique-)) Lovely post, thank you for sharing-)

    Hugs,

    Yelena

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  15. A breath of spring in your gorgeous photos.... I have yellow tulips in my living room too... love them. The snow here is finally nearly gone. Yay!

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  16. Love your camera ;o) Thanks for the touch of Spring. We are still skiing on the weekends, but welcome some warmth.

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  17. We have more snow on the way tomorrow..seems that's all we talk about here in QC in march..and our elections.
    I would rather talk about the snow.
    I love that camera too:)

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  18. Oh Monique, spring is just around the corner. It will come. I love all of your photographs here today. But then that is no surprise. I love all your photographs. What a beautiful book and camera. You are such a sweet and gentle spirit. This post is like a breath of spring. xxoo

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  19. I love everything about this post...I can not wait either. Our snow is finally melting, almost gone, but there are huge piles of it everywhere.
    Bisous xo

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  20. We have had almost a foot of snow melt with the few warmish days mixed in the cold ones the past week or two. I can even see parts of lawn again! This is the longest we've had continuous snow on the ground so it does give me hope. I save my clipped group 3 vines to use as a filler for my containers when I plant them in the spring. It was an idea from Kim on GBs. She was always so kind and helpful and had a beautiful garden. I think you visited?

    I love that old camera and gardenbook!

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  21. Beautiful post and love the camera!

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  22. Beautiful photos, Monique, and your old camera is a true treasure. Daffodils are blooming here and flowering trees look like giant pink clouds...no denying that Spring is just a few days away.

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  23. Just lovely :-) and so as you prepare for your spring I prepare for autumn, my move :-( and an engagement.
    I just had to pop by here.
    It calms my day.<3
    Much love
    Shel

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  24. What a gorgeous camera and that poem gives so much inspiration!

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  25. OUI quelle bel appareil photo très ancien me semble-t-il ! mais magnifique! le printemps arrive tu nous offres un très joli post !
    Have a nice day! Cath.

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  26. What a lovely book and your camera is enchanting!
    I was out gardening today! So much to do, but the sun was warm even if it was still chilly outside!

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  27. A delight for the eyes! I love your vintage camera.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  28. Spring will arrive one day here..big wet snowflakes are falling..but once Spring starts it starts with a flouish and my nails and knees will be black.
    And I shall be a clam.

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  29. I love little gem books like that. Charming, Monique. You've had a very long winter and I hope it will soon come to an end. I remember well how cheered I was when I saw tulips, daffodils and forsythia popping up in the spring.

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