Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Showers & Flowers

Of April, Geoffrey Chaucer said this:


He knew whereof he spake—er, spoke. I had an urge to take a pilgrimage around my yard this April morning to see how Aprill's shoures soote had bathed  the flowers in my yard in swich licour.

In mid-March, on a misty morning, one of my oak trees looked like this:


This morning, after last night's hard rain, an oak looked like this:


The dogwoods are in full bloom. Both the white. . . 



. . . and the pink.



Cats like to go on yard-pilgrimages, too.


On my pilgrimage, I encountered a few surprises. A cabbage core I tossed into a flower bed for compost last fall has sprouted. 


I thought the hostas died during last summer's dry spell. But they're back.


The romaine lettuce is back, too.


I was sure this chrysanthemum died during the winter, but I was wrong.


Tulips are in bloom—all colors of tulips.





Here's a different view of the tulip bed. That's the compost pile behind it.



In a different flower bed, Chloe tiptoes through the tulips.


The little white flowers in front of the house are blooming. I've forgotten their names.



Around the gazebo, my herbs, irises, and roses are taking off.




The wisteria is greening up and entwining around the gazebo.


Look how green the lawn is.


The day lily bed is a sea of green.


Whether you're a cat or a human, April is a good time to take a pilgrimage.

And if you'd prefer the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales as a rap, there's this:


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5 Comments:

Blogger Snappy Di said...

I really like your gazebo, Becky... Looks like Kitty does too!

2:08 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

You have a lovely yard. Looks like a lot of work!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Johnny Green and The Little Green Man, Suzan Tyler Decker said...

I have those white flowers too - Candytuft, just love them! Very nice yard, thanks for the pilgrimage - love doing the same in mine!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Not Waving But Drowning said...

I envy the garden and the weather---it snowed here today! BTW, I've ordered the book for my niece via Amazon.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Sally Roseveare said...

Love your flowers and your yard, the felines, too. I've given up on tulips. Even though we've always had at least one dog to chase them, the deer devour the blossoms.

11:46 AM  

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