Spring is in the air…at last!

…and along with the warmer temperatures and warbling birdies there’s a crop of new releases springing up…like this one from our very own Lorna. So excited to get started on As Love Blooms. Excited for you to as well…so here’s a chance to win a copy:

GIVE AWAY 

Every time you leave a comment during the next two weeks, you will be entered to win a copy of As Love Blooms. The name will be drawn by Random.org on Saturday at midnight, central time, and the winner’s name will then be posted on our blog on Sunday. (Continental U.S. residents only.)

So, in honor of Lorna’s spring bundle of joy we’re hosting garden tours in our neighbourhoods. But before we get started — just remember it’s been wretchedly cold up here and our spring season has been slow to start. Mostly I’m just thrilled to see green instead of white covering the ground.

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Here’s a sampling of what’s finally starting to come up in my garden.

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Here’s my gardening bud, Oreo. He lives a few houses down but likes to trot over to make sure I’m doing the job right. He has the softest fur ever and the biggest purr to go with it. When he stops by I do more kitty petting than weeding. And he doesn’t pose for pictures. Who knew cats don’t look at the camera on cue the way a dog does?!

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So come on a walk with me. I want to show you a beautiful heritage garden in my ‘hood. It’s just down the block and along this lovely footpath a way. This used to be a cable car track. Back in the day, my area was cottage country and farmland and the city folk would take the trolley out to the beach to escape the summer heat. Now urban sprawl has swallowed up the countryside and we’re considered part of the downtown core. But this lovely treed path makes it feel like I’m walking in the country. And it leads us right to Maplelawn Garden.

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Over a hundred years ago this was the home of a well-to-do farmer. Now it’s a heritage building that has served many purposes over the years. Right now it’s a restaurant with a whole lot of private meeting rooms great for weddings and other special occasions. But it reminds me of The Little House  by Virginia Lee Burton.

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In Burton’s story the little house starts out in country but the city gradually encroaches nearly suffocating her in skyskrapers and busy roads. Maplelawn is now hemmed in my towering office buildings and condos and the road on the other side of its stone wall is teeming with cars and trucks and buses.

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The garden is run by volunteers but even they couldn’t encourage flowers to bloom after the cold winter and spring we’ve had. Usually the beds are a riot of colour but right now it’s the stalwart tulips and daffodils bringing cheery colour to the garden….and a sprinkling of periwinkle.

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The garden is pretty big for an urban setting.

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My favourite spaces in the Maplelawn garden are little nooks like this one with pretty benches. The perfect place to read…or write, don’t you think?

Mind you don’t forget about the giveaway. Leave a comment to get into the draw.

21 thoughts on “Spring is in the air…at last!”

  1. Love the pictures, Kav! My Lilly of the Valley was slow popping up this year, too. It’s just now filling out in the space beside my front porch. My bleeding hearts, though, are sprawling behind them. I love cobblestone walks, it always makes me feel like I’ve stepped back to a simpler time. Your garden will be beautiful when the sun’s warmth finally coaxes it forth.

    1. I can’t wait to smell the lily of the valley!!!! But we went straight from winterish temps to summer temps so I’m wondering if that will mess with the early spring flowers. Poor little guys aren’t used to the heat.

  2. Looks like a beautiful place, Kav. I love those meandering trails. They always make me wonder what’s around the bend.

    1. And in the summer it’s a pot of gold at the end because they set up a wonderful farmer’s market. Yum.

  3. Kav,

    Beautiful pictures! Our winter was so dry that my iris’s leaves didn’t fully die. I was skeptical they’d grow this year but the leaves are continuing to push up. Now, if they bloom, that is another matter entirely.

    1. Oh, I love irises…is that the right plural? So looking forward to flowers popping up all over the place. And funny how the winter can wreck havoc in the garden. My landlord plowed a whole lot of salt from the road into the edges of my garden and I’m afraid some things just aren’t going to come back. And I’m not sure what to do to modify the soil. Will have to read up on that.

  4. Thanks for the garden tour, Kav!! Since we moved to the country, we don’t have as many flowers due to having a well and no sprinkler system like we had in a subdivision!

    1. Hi Jackie. I had a horrid problem for a few years when I didn’t have outdoor water. I rent and my landlord just didn’t bother fixing the outside tap. I lost some of my flowers but I can now expound on draught resistant varieties. LOL Good luck on the draw!

  5. What pretty pictures, Kav, and Maplelawn sounds heavenly! I love finding little nooks to call my own. There was a park in my college town like that… Harmon Park…I spent many a happy day studying, reading, and dreaming (and maybe kissing my boyfriend!) at that park. My husband and I even had our engagement pictures taken there because it was so special to us!

    1. There’s something about a garden, isn’t there? And yours has a romantical connection. How cool is that? This one reminds me of the Secret Garden because it’s all walled in. Such a delightful surprise amidst in the midst of a concrete jungle.

  6. Kav, I loved all of your your pictures and info on Maplelawn. I have Lily of the Valley in my garden, too. It’s blooming right now. The ferns are also up. They are about a foot tall. I think the spirea bushes will bloom next week. The lilacs are already flowering, but its been so rainy that I haven’t gotten to enjoy them as much as I do some years.

    1. Our poor little lilacs are just the hint of a bud right now. And my ferns just started unfurling yesterday! So pretty. And Lorna, at least your rain isn’t snow. There are some areas in Canada that are having freezing rain and snow today — can you imagine?!

    1. You’re in good company, Wendy. We all love Lorna’s books (and Lorna!) too. I’m eager to read this one because Tessa is my favourite Gregory sister. Shhhhh, don’t tell the others I said so. Good luck!

  7. Hello Kav. Enjoyed your post. I don’t have a garden in this trailer park. just a few dying plants on my porch. Best is my Gardenia plant and it’s been doing good till the past few weeks. Not sure why it’s not looking so good. It even had a few buds on it but then they just fell off without dying. I sure didn’t inherit my mother’s green thumb. There are a few places in here that have some roses. Also our managers fuss if we use much water. I love the little corner bench in your picture. It would make a good reading place. I used to read on my porch but the mosquitos are always so bad in the Pasadena and Houston that I don’t do that either. I want to try to get some of the mosquito plants that are suppose to keep them away. There was a list and pictures on FB. Can’t really afford them so sure hope they work. would be nice to sit out at times. It is also HOT here most days too in this part of Texas. Sure would love to be able to win Lorna’s book at some time. Have a good summer. And, GOD bless you. Maxie

  8. Hello Kav. Enjoyed your post. I don’t have a garden in this trailer park. just a few dying plants on my porch. Best is my Gardenia plant and it’s been doing good till the past few weeks. Not sure why it’s not looking so good. It even had a few buds on it but then they just fell off without dying. I sure didn’t inherit my mother’s green thumb. There are a few places in here that have some roses. Also our managers fuss if we use much water. I love the little corner bench in your picture. It would make a good reading place. I used to read on my porch but the mosquitos are always so bad in the Pasadena and Houston that I don’t do that either. I want to try to get some of the mosquito plants that are suppose to keep them away. There was a list and pictures on FB. Can’t really afford them so sure hope they work. would be nice to sit out at times. It is also HOT here most days too in this part of Texas. Sure would love to be able to win Lorna’s book at some time. Have a good summer. And, GOD bless you. Maxie

  9. Oh — plants that keep mosquitos away sound like a must have for every garden. Thanks for stopping by, Maxie. Good luck.

  10. A garden is the perfect place to read and feel close to God.
    After all, that’s where God placed Adam and Eve.

  11. I would so like to win a copy of As Love Blooms! I have the other two books in the series. Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!

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