Farm Life: Mother’s Day Flowers

Dogwood with Dogs

The Dogwoods always bloom for Mother’s Day.  While in the Christian tradition dogwoods are associated with Easter, here they open after Easter and bloom for Mother.  Maybe this says something about the sacrifice mothers make for their (lost) children…  Back to botony.

Wild Irises

Mid-Spring is also the time when the bulbs have faded and the perennial flowers, wild and domestic, take the stage.  Every year, we are surprised by the clusters of small, wild irises which casacde over the edges of embankments and hide among the grasses of the field.

Wild Columbine

The columbine sneaks about the garden, showing up here one year and there another.  While our eyes are diverted to the branches of the fruit trees, the columbine send up delicate stocks then shout, “Fooled ya!”.   It mixes in among the other spring flowers and emerging perennial leaves.

Clematis on the Arbor

While not really a spring flower, asparagus comes up the same way.  We go out each day, watching the mounds from last years roots, wondering where the delicate and delectible shoots will pop up through the mulch.  It is sort of a race too, for after the asparagus shoot grow about 10 inches

Purple Asparagus, Ready for Dinner

tall, they begin to open their branches, eluding the dinner plate for the year.  We play this game every couple of days for several weeks, purposely letting enough stalks grow to replenish the plants for next year’s hunt.

Money Plant (Dame's Rocket in back)

Money Plant and Dame’s Rocket have similar purple flowers, but different leaves and seeds.  Money Plant’s blooms are just beginning to fade as Dame’s Rocket come into bloom.  Money Plant’s name appears to come from the round, flat seeds which look to be about the size of a silver dollar.  I’m not sure of the origin of Dame’s Rocket’s name, but in the right conditions it can grow well above the other Spring biennials at 4+ feet tall.

Mint & Candy Tuft

The herb garden is just beginning to send up stalks of flowers.  This area will fill out in summer, but that is for another discussion.  The mints top their fragrant leaves with tiny drops of purple, nearly missed except for the mats of hundreds of the dots.

From the Deck

The layers of spring leaves fill in the barren spots of the garden and forest canopy. Our distant view across the valley will soon be drawn closed with the curtain of the forest filtering the summer sun and heat.

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About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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7 Responses to Farm Life: Mother’s Day Flowers

  1. Mother Suzanna says:

    Lovely description of spring on the mountain. The photos are such a nice way to showcase each plant and the dogwoods are a breath of spring when the white contrasts with the new green. I was impressed with the phrase “will soon be drawn closed”. Very apt observation of the power of leaves to obstruct the distant view.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Thanks Mom! I corrected a couple of typo’s after my copy-editor got back from the greenhouse and reviewed this blog. Back to tending to the gardens.

  2. Felicia says:

    I love the poetic writing and the beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing the story about the Dogwoods, as a mom I truly appreciate the sentiment.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      You are welcome. As perpetual Uncle & Aunt, we will never experience the same intensity of parenting. However, we can also have a vantage point from which to reflect. Sharing our gardens is our gift to those of you who till a different soil. Thanks for enjoying a contemplative moment.

  3. The Vicar says:

    Part planning, part nature, beautiful surprises. Thanks for noticing and sharing.

  4. Opus says:

    Your writing is truly poetic, and the pictures are awesome. We are working to get our place planted, but I can see it will take time to come close to the beauty and serenity of yours.

    La Taj

    • hermitsdoor says:

      I noticed in one of your responses that your move to retirment includes a mountian place. Gardening is good for the warm weather monts & wood working for the cooler (or hotter) seasons. Befriend a farmer & help haul away lots of manure! Great stuff for the gardens. We’ve been working for about 15 years now. By the way, all the dogwood trees are volunteers that came up in bushes, or were there before we came along. The three in the last picture have been there for more than 20 years. I’ll write a post of composting one of these days.

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