Saturday, October 09, 2010

10 For 10/10/10

Here is a list, in no particular order, of things that make me happy I'm a gardener. 

 
#1. A nuthatch  that has come to stay..at least for a few weeks.
#2. Gardening with my favorite helper who always says "Come on Nonna! Let's garden!"
 #3. Colchicums shared by my friend Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening...look closely to see the checkered pattern!

 #4. My first fig...of 12 this year. I'm looking forward to the years to come when I can share, maybe with the neighbor in #10.

 #5. Buffa10 fallout. After being dazzled in Buffalo I had to try to approximate some of the ideas that impressed me.

 #6. Not really a gratuitous garden helper shot! This is her "touching, tasting, smelling garden" that we planted this summer. Herbs, scented geraniums, and several flowering perennials invite her to explore.

#7.  The first plum of 2010.

 The wisteria in its spring finery.

Buds on the plum tree letting me know spring is on its way. 

Orange harvest from my neighbor's tree...he is generous enough to share!

Family, friends, food, wildlife, the chance to meet other gardeners and see gardens in far off places...it just makes me happy!

11 comments:

Carol said...

Sweet pictures of your garden helper.

Gail said...

Leslie, Love your ten. Wonderful gifts from the garden, and friends and a precious garden companion

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

She is beautiful. I love her garden. Gardening with my children when they were small was one of my great joys. I can't imagine how good a fresh orange straight from the tree would taste. My grandmother used to make an orange cake long ago. It wasw wonderful.~~Dee

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

In another hour it'll be 10/10/10, 10:00!

Nice to see some Buffa10 fallout!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Your gardening helper is just precious! The sensory garden is such a great idea, as are the pots on the fence. I should try that too.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

What a great post! I am drooling over that fig--I had my first ones ever this year, myself, and wasn't prepared for how delicious fresh figs would be.

So can I talk you into a post that explains your "Buffa10 Fallout" projects? Looks cool! :)

Kathy said...

The sensory garden is a good idea. It is easier to put the labor into a garden (when you're older) if you have the pleasures firmly in mind.

Annie in Austin said...

Not only do you have reasons to be happy, Leslie - you seem to have the gift of finding the happiness in what you have!

Hope that fig gives you many fruits in the future - do you have to worry about squirrels and mockingbirds taking most of them?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Leslie said...

Thanks Carol! you know I'm smitten with her!
I'm so happy to count you among those friends Gail :)
Dee...I've had an orange cake recipe for years; maybe this year I'll try it!
I'm still reliving those gardens Jim...and have more fallout to work on!
Barb...that sensory garden was an extension of the touching garden, another piece of Buffa10 fallout.
I will need to write that up more Kim...as soon as I get a few projects finished that can be included! I'm so glad you got your figs! Will you take your tree in or do the burying technique?
Kathy...she loves to touch the plants and gets such a kick out of telling people to taste the thyme.
Hi Annie! So far the tree has been safe but we have more and more squirrels and the scrub jays can be annoying...hopefully they will leave enough for me!

Commonweeder said...

Leslie - what a perfect post - capturing all the ways that gardens bring us joy. One of the things I planted for the grandchildren one year was stevia. It is an annual here, of course, but so much fun to give a leaf to children and visitors to chew - and watching their surprise at the sweetness.

Cheryl M. said...

I was cleaning out my sewing/art room and found your "card" leading me to this site. 'just thought you were a great gardener, friendly weeder companion, and adventurous person who became garden point person. I suddenly realized not only do you know what to do and step forward to do it, have great garden ideas, but also have this whole other side of techno-g-mom. Way cool!