Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Writing~Art~Life


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Spring for a Day

Last week we had over 14 inches of snow on the ground. Then it rained and melted about half of it. But it was a short lived reprieve. It then sleeted, turned to snow and dumped another 12 inches. And to think I used to love winter and the white stuff that comes with it. Three days ago it rained and rained, melting all the white stuff. Yesterday it was a lovely 56 degrees. Today it’s in the 60’s. I had to go tramping along the creek to blow away the winter cobwebs. During my walk, I saw something glorious. Purple, purple everywhere-crocus blossoms turning the dead field to a carpet of beauty. I snapped a few really bad photos with my phone and even stopped to pick a small bouquet to remind me that, if even only for a day, spring has sprung. I’m happy. 🙂

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What is This Flower?

My husband took these photos the other day. I don’t recognize the plant.  So of course I came to ask all you fantastic gardeners. Anyone out there know what it is? You can click the images for much larger versions.

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A Day Out For My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday and I had such a great day. Eric took me to my favorite Chinese restaurant for lunch and then we went to a park and walked and walked. It was such fun. I snapped some pictures with my phone to share. You can click for larger images.

Ducks Along The River

Ducks Along The River

River

River

Pergola

Pergola

Benches

Benches

Old Hand Hewed Logs

Old Hand Hewed Logs

Cool House across From River

Cool House across From River

Old Barn

Old Barn

Historic Farmstead

Historic Farmstead

Black Eyed Susans

Black Eyed Susans

Garden

Garden

Water Feature

Water Feature

Garden Ornament

Garden Ornament

Brick Path

Brick Path

Old Barn and Garden

Old Barn and Garden

Wooded Path

Wooded Path

Walk Bridge Over River

Walk Bridge Over River


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Star of Bethlehem and Chives

Some photos- edible and non-edible plants.

I love it when my chives are blooming. Although delicious, I mostly grow them for ornamental purposes. I also snapped a couple of pictures of  Star of Bethlehem in my garden yesterday. These little guys grow abundantly along our creek banks and they seem to like my garden areas too. Although it’s sold as a spring time garden flower, it’s an invasive species which will crowd out native plants.  All parts of this little beauty are poisonous. Even though I think it’s beautiful, I keep my eye on it in my gardens. When it starts spreading, I dig it out.

Chives-Garlic Variety

Chives-Garlic Variety

Chives-Onion Variety

Chives-Onion Variety

Ornithogalum umbellatum

Common Names: (Star-of-Bethlehemgrass lilynap-at-nooneleven-o’clock lady)

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Star of Bethlehem-Afternoon

Star of Bethlehem-Morning

Star of Bethlehem-Morning


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Azaleas and Strawberries

I was feeling down all last week after learning of my cousin’s death so soon after losing another family member and my post yesterday reflected that. Thought I’d attempt to lighten both my mood and my blog’s with a little post on gardening and some photos. The azaleas are blooming. Always a treat. So pretty I had to snatch a couple for my nightstand.

My neighbor had a large strawberry garden that had mostly died out, but there were plants growing here and there. He very kindly told me I could dig them all and keep them. So I trudged my happy little self down there and with the help of my eldest son dug up a wheel barrow full. I do love strawberries. My dad was a strawberry farmer and having an abundance of fresh berries to eat every spring and summer is something I have really missed.

I’ve stuck the plants into containers until I get my raised bed finished. I’ve got it about half full of a mixture of compost and top soil. I didn’t realize it would take so much to fill it. The plants are blooming and have little baby berries already. I’ll have get out there today and clip all those off so they can concentrate on sending out all those little runners. They’re ever-bearing which means if they do well, I might have a few berries to eat come late summer.

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