Saturday, April 19, 2014


I've just begun reading a wonderful book called Summer with the Leprechauns ,a True Story by Tanis Helliwell. So I am thinking a lot about the various elementals that may live in the garden! And about evolution. Evolution of how the garden changes over time, how our beliefs change and grow over time, and how important is seems to pay attention to these evolutions.

Tanis writes about being co creators, which is an ideal we have embraced at Thyme in the Garden. One of my favorite things I have loved is the collaboration of ideas, creativity, fun and beauty that continues to evolve here. We have been having fairy garden workshops for quite some time,but this is a new adventure- to call upon the leprachauns as well as the fairies and gnomes in our garden! Now that our gnome hut no longer resides as our garden focal point, other changes are afoot as well. This year I intend to grow more veggies  and will be setting up the beehive next month when the queen and her nucs arrive. I am calling them my 'grandbaby bees' and can hardly wait to have them in their new home! I imagine them joining the elementals and making magic all summer long.!  And I will be watching closely  to the signs and activites of both the seen and 'unseen' in the months to come. As I was turning under some ground the other day, there was an interesting little critter . Hopefully I can post the picture, though I'm not really sure how to connect it with this post.  So if you see a strange orange critter all by it's lonesome on the page somewhere, that's the one! And let me  know if you see some mischief in the garden, I'm sure those leprachauns are up to something!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Swollen Buds

April 4,2014

Standing at the kitchen sink this morning,I noticed the swollen green buds on the Enkianthus Campanulatus.This native to Japan, zone 5 tree will have lovely little bell shaped flowers covering it later in the spring. The branching makes it sculpturally interesting through winter and fall color is often brilliant, so basically it is what one would call a specimen for year round landscape interest. I wouldn't recommend it for fragrance, however so locate it away from areas of entertaining!

The swollen buds got me to thinking about the sensuality of spring and how amidst all the glory of spring offerings, it is easy to lose focus on the smaller, less showy gifts of this season..When one looks closely and can pay attention, the richness of a swollen bud can be so astoundingly refreshing, a richly sensuous glimpse and forerunner of the lushness to come. And  looking around, swollen buds are everywhere, some already burst wide open (PJM rhodos, bridal veil spirea, camelias) and still others have already spent their bloom, And so it goes - this birthing season of sensuality.