• 2010 Reading List

    What I've read this year:

    "The Other Queen" by Phillipa Gregory (Rating: C)

    "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies (Rating: A)

    "Mistress of the Sun" by Sandra Gulland (Rating: A)

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My soul is in bloom!

“If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.”  ~Audra Foveo

Despite the fact that spring in the southern states brings with it an onslaught of pollen, resulting in more and more hankies being used in our household, every year at this time I am so excited to see the colors popping out everywhere. It is like a new discovery every year – it never loses its newness.

Wild Violet

Wild Iris

Over the weekend we went for a hike along the shores of Lake Wylie, at the wonderful McDowell Nature Preserve. It was beautiful. The dogwoods were in full bloom, and they are scattered throughout the forest. Along our hike we saw wild azaleas, jasmine, wood violets, ginger, and irises just peaking out of the leaves. (Ignore the blurry branch in the picture above – our dog decided to pull my arm – which had his leash attached to it –  right as I took the picture, and it’s the only one I took throughout the hike!)

Wild Azalea

Wild Azalea

Also, in our family tradition, rotting logs that we pass along the trail get rolled over so that we could look for beetles, salamanders, snakes, and any other critters that may be using the dark wet place as a home. We only found a few beetles & grubs,  but the temperature was cooler over the past few days, so I’m sure many were in hiding.

Last week, A. & I finalized our order with Park Seed, and I’m hoping we will receive our plants tomorrow or Thursday. We have our new flowerbed tilled, enriched with some healthy manure, and are just waiting for the plants to arrive. Our new house will feel even more like home once the garden is in. I just adore being able to stand in my kitchen and see flowers blooming while washing the dishes or preparing dinner.

I hope you are seeing spring in your neck of the woods as well – please, share some pictures so we all can enjoy the beauty!


One Response

  1. Somehow planning the flowers is almost the best part. Of course the absolute best part is seeing them in your garden.

    By the way, did you enjoy “The Welsh Girl”?

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