One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Sunny Monday


At the feet of the arbor vitae (I think that’s what it is…I’ll look more closely in the morning) by the back yard gate is a nice spread of creeping myrtle, or vinca. Over the past week, blue flowers have been quietly unfurling from its carpet of shiny green leaves. Here they are in the early morning sunshine.

I found this tiny spider in the box of dryer sheets and shook him out into the garden this morning. I’ll probably need a clearer shot for identification, but I’ll see what I can find out and get back to you.

Here are some of the chewed tulips. It looks like they’ve not begun to show their flower stem, so perhaps that’s not been short-circuited. I have some fresh ideas about how I might go about discouraging this. I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, you can see the daylilies towering over the nibbled tulips, with some sword-shaped siberian iris leaves shooting up near the feet of a rose bush. I’m not entirely sure from this vantage what that unfocused stuff is, sweet William, maybe.

Don’t be too sad about the tulips, though. Many more things are being spared by the mystery muncher(s). The hyacinths are coming into bloom finally and adding a nice splash of color here and there in the border. Some of the crocuses are still doing their thing, too…and I spotted the first signs of some grape hyacinth flowers poking up.

I met up with Mom and Dad for dinner again tonight and we enjoyed some great Chinese take-out, before enjoying a walk down to the beach and back. We were a little late for full-on sunset…but the angle from that particular beach isn’t quite right for it, either. Still, it was nice. Very peaceful.

Too peaceful, in fact, to only tell you about it.

I dedicate this to anyone who’s Monday maybe treated them poorly, or anyone who’s looking to find a moment or two of serenity as they make their way through the week.

Take a deep breath, make sure your volume’s on…and enjoy!

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