So it became evident it was time for a "Road Trip". My gal pals and I packed up and headed south to Kentucky again to visit my "Illinois Ex Pat" friend, with the promise of warm temps and sunny skies. We got there just in time for... grey skies and 39 degree temps - but there were adventures to be had, with flora and fauna to be enjoyed.
Besides being one of my inspirations in gardening, my friend is also a self-proclaimed "bird nerd". As you can see by the collage above - her backyard was a bird retreat for many. Even with the colder weather, her gardens were at least 2 weeks ahead of anything up here in IL. Her Hyacinth was blooming profusely and the Pasque Flower looked lovely. The most intriguing plant just starting to bud, was her Wisteria. To me, it unabashedly says "southern grace" and she has great aspirations for it's future growth - extending along the backyard.
|The 1st annual for my friend - Million Bells, while|
Pasque Flower, Wisteria, Hyacinth, Rhododendron and Clematis are up
(If you haven't had a chance to stop by Along Life's Highway, you are missing a genre of entertainment you didn't know you needed! The blog sponsors the 'Yard Art Game', where "field reporters" submit photos of yard art they come across. [A special thanks to Rosey at Dung Hoe - who originally introduced her blog readers to this treasure.])
|White River Yard Art |
(the link to their website: Yard Art)
So, we had a blast and each walked away with a memento of the visit. I am boisterous and bawdy (at times), but when it comes to yard art, I'm a bit timid. This is my 1st piece of concrete yard art....
|Sweet & innocent - just like me!|
Happy April 1st! I won't say I'm going to miss March 2011 weather - but of course today is grey and 36 degrees, with rain. So that's a bit "different"! Happy Gardening...... (...come on sunshine!...)