14 April, 2007

It's That Time Again

It's time to pull the Pansies and replace them with summer blooming annuals in all the patio pots and containers. It's a yearly ritual, sadly it's always performed when the Pansies are blooming profusely and it seems almost cruel and wasteful to yank them out and toss them on the compost heap, but they're on the verge of 'going-by', as my grandother used to say. I abhor waste of any sort. We eat up leftovers. We recycle. Our church is donating our old hymnals to a mission church in Africa; and yet, I don't know of any organization or agency collecting spent, leggy Pansies so... out they go to make way for Tidal Wave Petunias, New Guinea Impatiens, Alyssum, Vinca and Geraniums! We're off to the Capital City to visit with our daughter and her friend who owns a nursery there, Hannes will accompany us; it's another annual ritual. His bag is packed, he's looking forward to a two-day break from kitty-watching... his last few weeks have been exhausting!

Herr Hannes, German Guard Dog
(Laurie Ann, this one's for you!)

I'm taking a quilt in the car and will hand stitch the binding in place...
(which means it's DONE!) does it get any better than this?
Life is Good!


Shelina said...

What a nice tradition! Gardening is so much fun. Our weather forecaster says do NOT do any planting until May unless you are doing it indoors. :(

Ancestor Collector said...

Oh I am so envious!! I'm the gal whose daffodils haven't even bloomed yet!!!

Libby said...

Enjoy your trip -- I'm thinking a nice afternoon spent at the nursery may just be the thing I need, too *s*

meggie said...

Enjoy your trip! I can see Hannes will.

CONNIE W said...

Have a good trip and safe travel wishes are sent. :)

Sue Seibert said...

Hope your nursery trip is beautiful. Hope the weather is good. Have fun!

CONNIE W said...

Mrs. G: STILL haven't started the book...too many obstacles...but I WILL get it read...and soon! (This way the anticipation is part of the process.)
Dad's B/day was Thursday the 12th but we celebrated last night. Our dinner was delicious.
Hope your trip was delightful!
Connie :)

YankeeQuilter said...

I always feel bad for the pansies when I pull them out of the ground. I've tried planting around them and it only comes out a mess!

Have fun at the nursery. A well derserved vacation for Hannes!

Jim V said...

As long as they are going on the compost heap, it's not really wasting them. They'll be a part of feeding everything that comes after them. Haven't you seen "The Lion King?" :)

I believe all of our flowers feel as though they were duped. 80 degree temps for almost a week, and everything bloomed. Then another week of sub-freezing temps. So they're all coming back again, but a little slower.

Have fun in capital city. Watch those pot-holes, we don't want you stabbing yourself as you finish up that binding!

P.S. So what does Hannes pack for a trip like this?