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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Yes, it looks and feels like spring is finally here after we survived a rough winter.
I could hear robins announcing they were back and saying to put extra feed for them but I didn't see any and I didn't had time to stick around to see them but I've been waiting for them.

Most of the snow is gone except some big snow drifts in the shade. George sprayed some wood ash on the snow as fertilizer this winter so it looks pretty dirty but I hope it will benefit the lawn.

That's one flowerbed I won't have to clean.  No petals yet but lots of promises. I have a few flowerbeds still under the snow around the yard.

This tiny flowerbed in a sheltered corner of the house isn't doing well except in the middle. where the daffodils is growing well. The corner gets too dry and the clumps are getting smaller every year. So they will be pulled out in the fall and planted elsewhere but the larger clumps will stay there.

Daylilies are starting to poke through and I have over a hundred clumps to clean out hopefully this week.

This bed is cleaned  because I dug it all up last fall and some daffodils are just poking through.

I cleaned this bed a few days ago and some tulips are poking through.

I have a few flower beds that were cleaned up last fall but the majority were left as is.
I'm so grateful for warmer weather and the birds returning. Soon the grass will grow and the spring bulbs will bloom. I noticed the maples are budding.  This has been the hardest winter ever for me, even harder than going through cancer.

It's hard to believe Easter is this coming Sunday and some of the family will be here for Easter dinner. Hopefully I will remember to dig out my camera for a post. We will remember Nicole  as she will also be here in spirit.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Wishing you all a HAPPY EASTER if you celebrate. Enjoy the long weekend...
Hugs, Julia


  1. Happy Easter Julia. That looks like a lot more work :) We used ashes this year more than last year on the ice to the lane it is messy.
    HUGS B

  2. Hi Julia,
    I'm so happy warmer weather and the birds are finally making their presence known!! I'm so sorry it has been such a long winter, but I do hope that all the green will encourage you!! Before you know it, they will be in bloom! I wish you and your dear family a most Blessed Easter, my friend!!
    Easter Hugs to you~

  3. I am so glad spring is arriving finally. I love seeing all of the flowers peeking out in the spring. Your flowerbeds look great Julia. I hope you have a lovely Easter. I am having all of the local kids here too. I know you will have a nice Easter.

  4. Isn't spring such a gift. I love the new growth finding their way through the old. It really makes me want to get out and clean out all the old leaves and stalks so the new growth doesn't have to work as hard.You did a good job preparing yours, they look so good! Hopefully your snow will continue to melt - in a hurry - ours is finally gone seemed like it was a long winter for everyone.
    Have a wonderful Easter and I'll be looking forward to a post about it :)

  5. I'm so sorry that winter has been so long and cold (and sad).
    God be with you as you celebrate this Sunday.
    You and Kim at Field of Dreams are the two best garden workers I know!
    Sending heaps of love, kind Julia!

  6. Julia ~
    So happy that spring is finally arriving in your little corner of the world.
    Sending hugs to you. I know the winter has been harder on you than I can imagine. No mom should have to suffer your pain.
    Happy Easter

  7. So happy spring has sprung! Happy Easter JUlia

  8. You are pretty close to where we are with green growth. Yea! You have such nice gardens, HUGS, sweet friend.

  9. I'm so glad that you finally have some spring in the air. Have a wonderful Easter.

  10. I saw my first robin on Wednesday & it delighted me! I'm so happy to have winter behind us & glorious spring bulbs emerging from the ground. We have more snow than inland & I'm hoping the warm Easter weekend will get rid of most of it.
    I've family from away, this Easter. It's great to see the m together. So my Easter is a happy one!
    Wishing you a wonderful Easter too Julia!

  11. It won't be long and those babies will be in full bloom. We've had 80 degree (F) days here.
    Happy Easter.

  12. It is such good therapy to see Spring buds & blooms! :-) Sending you and your family lots of warm hugs as you celebrate Easter.

  13. Sweet Julia I am so happy for you that spring has come and that horrible winter has gone. I hope you never have to go through another one like that one. Nicole will always be with you in spirit. Enjoy the time with family dear friend. Easter blessings to you and your family. Hugs

  14. Holding you close to heart as I view
    image after image
    of resurrection happening all around you.
    Thinking of Nicole also. Of your hope.
    Joining you in leaning into the love
    that holds you both,

  15. Hi,
    It is so fun to find that the flowers are saying "Hello Spring" :-)
    We planted tulips for the first time this past autumn. We are excited because we only lost 3 of the bulbs. So we have a nice tulip bed of 25 tulips. :-)

  16. Sorry, dear Julia, I missed this post!!! It is always such a delight when you post. I am glad your Spring is finally arriving and you will soon have beautiful flowers from the bulbs! Sending you hugs xx

  17. I love this post and such adorable photos of spring. Thank you for sharing!

  18. I didn't know you were blogging again! Good to hear from you and I hope it's finally Spring in your area. Take care Julia!