Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Really Random Tuesday #94: Spring Garden Notes, and a Book Winner

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."
~ Proverbs

I know that winter was pretty harsh for many of you.  At last, the lovely season of spring is here!

"I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden."
~ Ruth Stout  
Outdoor Orchids

Many herbs grow in my garden, in pots as well as in the ground, including:

Mexican Sage


Thai Basil


"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance."
~ Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Pleased as punch: a few cherry tomato plants that I'd forgotten about (because I planted them in a new, out-of-view spot) thrived on my neglect! 

Cherry Tomatoes

What's  growing in your spring garden?


Congratulations to Julianne from Outlandish Lit!   She has won The Tusk that Did the Damage by Tania James.  Julianne, I hope that you'll enjoy reading this book, which features an unusual narrator (one of three), an elephant called the Gravedigger, as mentioned in my review. 


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Have a terrific Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by. Your comments are appreciated. 


  1. Yay, thank you so much! I'm excited/nervous to read The Tusk That Did The Damage, because I know I'll cry haha. Should I email you?

    1. I just emailed you, Julianne. Congratulations again, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Congratulations Julianne.

    I am so glad that Spring is finally here.

    My wife is the chief gardner. There are all sorts of things coming but apparently the chives are already here :)

  3. Japan: from Okayama.
    I will introduce my hometown.
    From Japan : "Four Seasons of Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Catsle" http://wp.me/p3YsMF-70

    1. Thank you for sharing your lovely Four Seasons!

  4. Congrats to Julianne. It looks like you have a beautiful thriving garden. Thanks for sharing your photos. Happy Spring!

  5. Love your photos of your garden!

  6. Congratulations Julianne!

    Your photos make me want a garden so much. Those Orchids are beautiful. What is the purple behind the Mexican Sage? (I love purple!)

    1. Vicki, that is sea lavender or Limonium latifolium. It's fairly easy to grow here. Thanks very much for stopping by!

  7. Love that proverb! Lovely plants! Congrats, Julianne!

  8. Thanks very much for all of the comments!

  9. Congrats to Julianne! I love those pictures!

  10. Lovely photos! I really needed to see these today...since it is SNOWING here!!! Sigh. Hope you are having a lovely Spring though ;)

  11. As you can probably guess nothing is growing in my garden yet. lol. but yours is amazing. Your rosemary is huge. I love putting potatoes and rosemary in foil packs and roasting them. Yum. The orchids are beautiful as well. It makes me wish I was at your house...it's freezing here.

  12. I am no good at growing anything in the garden, but I am good at appreciating a good one! I especially love rosemary, the scent is so fabulous, and I cook with it quite often. Yours looks spectacular.

  13. Beautiful garden pictures! I generally kill all plant life I touch, but I'd love to learn to garden one day.

  14. Congrats to the winner and happy reading :)

    What a beautiful garden Susan! I didn't know rosemary was for remembrance, I will have to plant some in my own garden then. I neglected my garden last year, but have sworn to tend to it this time around.
    Like you, I have planted tomato plants, which do pretty well. Also, zuchinni.
    This year I want to make sure to get the mammoth sunflower seeds potted in May. Once fully grown, they are so pretty. (if I can get them to survive the rabbits and squirrels that love to just chomp the tops off when they are still small lol) I also like to plant Marigolds.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  15. Having funny old weather here in the NE of England. One day it seems like Spring has sprung and the next we are back to winter.

    Mint has to be one of my favourite garden smells, I love how it releases its wonderfully clean fragrance as I walk past it.

    1. Tracy, I also love mint, and have several mint plants outside, including spearmint. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. I hope your weather will be brilliant soon. :)

  16. Congrats to the winner. I love looking at the plants...I just got some Thai Basil at the Maryland Day festival. Not sure what I'll be using it for, but the agriculture people said it can be used to make tea.

  17. I'm planning on starting my garden in the next week or two and I am so excited to do it! I love having the fresh veggies for my kids to munch and especially the tomatoes since they are my youngest son's favorite. Your flowers and plants are just lovely!

  18. What an unusual peach coloured Orchid.
    Lovely Photos, Suko.
    Happy weekend!


  19. I love the flowers - great pictures! Our flowers are so behind here, my tulips haven't even bloomed yet!


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