What's Growing?

Guess What?! Remember how I told you yesterday that I hoped just one lili would open up so I could see one in full bloom before I left for Utah? 

Ta Daaaa!!!!
No kidding, as if the lilies read my blog, I woke up this morning to this beautiful surprise!
Little did I know that I lived in the in the desert and that Virginia wouldn't get any rain for days. A few of my flowers couldn't take the heat (literally) so I had to buy a few replacement flowers. Here are the new flowers I planted today!

I could really get used to this whole "spare time/no work" thing!

There is so much going on in my backyard right now! 

My lilies are about to bloom! I have been watching them closely for weeks and weeks, and this morning when I went outside most of their buds looked like this!

On Thursday morning I am going out of town for a week. What do you want to bet that Thursday afternoon is when they'll decide to open! I really hope at least one opens up tomorrow before I leave!

Look at all of this crazy lettuce! This is my first attempt at growing lettuce and every time I go outside it looks more and more ridiculous. It's on its way to growing as tall as a tree! But who cares when it tastes so good!
 Here is a picture of just one branch of our giant fig tree! One day soon I will have hundreds of ripe figs. This summer I am going to *try* to use most of them one way or another.
So I've been wondering who in the world has been taking so many of the purple flowers off of my salvia plants, and I think I just found my culprit! Look closely and you can see the bee! Annnnd... I guess I'll be  chalking those up to a loss, because there is no way I'm messing with that thing.

Happy Gardening!

 Thank Goodness it's SPRING! Itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus headaches, BRING IT ON! I love spring time so much I don't know what to do with myself! The fact that I suffer from the worst allergies of anyone I know and still spend every sunlit hour of my free time outside might be a clue as to how much I crave this time of year!

I have already gone to work on my garden! This year I am going to (attempt to) grow: 2 kinds of lettuce, broccoli, green peppers, strawberries, grape tomatoes, and "yellow pears", whiiiich come to find out are actually also tomatoes. What's up with the name?!! I was convinced I was buying the beginnings of a fruit stand! The kicker? I hate tomatoes!

I have also planted basil, rosemary, and oregano in my strawberry plant (again not sure about the name- it's actually a big clay bowl with holes in it), and of course I am going hog WILD with the flowers. I spent 4 hours last Saturday and 3 hours yesterday planting and marveling at all of my beautiful flowers.

I absolutely love to garden because it's like a big puzzle to solve. How everything will fit together, how I'll keep it all alive. It slows me down for a few minutes. And the best reward is when it all begins to grow and I get to see what the puzzle has created.

Happy Spring!
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