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Gratitude - header


When we moved into this house two years ago, it was during March. There was snow on the ground and not a single green leaf was to appear anywhere for weeks. This was our first fully landscaped house, as our very first home was sold before we got sod, and our second house was a townhome with a small patch of grass mowed and maintained by the condo management company. Which helps to explain our cluelessness about flowers, gardens and yardwork in general. We’ve simply never had to learn.

 Gratitude - purple flowers


As spring finally arrived we were greeted by the sight of tulips which popped out unprompted and glorious, all without our help, and we watched fascinated as the flower beds came to life. All summer long new flowers appeared, some blooming for weeks others for days and added spectacular colors and shapes to the yard. None of which we planted, knew the names of, or knew what to do with. And truth be told, we still don’t. But we’re learning. And as we’re watching these new blooms appear and proliferate all over our yard we feel nothing but gratitude at the previous owners who knew what they were doing and created such an amazing landscape for us to enjoy.

 Gratitude - tall lavender flowers


So here’s to the start of a new gardener joining the ranks, spurred on by the desire to maintain beauty and learn about life in the yard. Thank you wherever you are Mr. and Mrs. Dixson, creating a new garden somewhere no doubt, for inspiring us with your efforts, creativity, taste and eye for color. Next time you sell a house though, please feel free to leave instructions…


Gratitude - lilies


Gratitude - blue flowers


Grattitude - mixed bed


13 comments to Gratitude

  • You have found a treasure. The blooms are so majestic and picture perfect. Its good that you are taking up an interest in gardening now. You won’t regret it. Nothing beats seeing beautiful blooms from you very own efforts. I enjoyed the view. Happy Gardening.

  • The previous owners left you wonderful gardens to start your gardening experience.

  • Absolutely fabulous! I do envy you. I especially love those lilies; my favourites!

    The previous owners of our home left us some dead plants and lots of weeds. Not much colour around the home, aside from what I’ve been able to add.

  • Beautiful blooms! Do you know the name of the plants on the third picture?

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    @Autumn Belle – thanks so much for visiting. It is a true treasure to discover, and more to the point to kindle my interest in gardening. I’ve been bit by the bug now!

    @Crafty Gardener – they sure did, and I appreciate every flower. I would not have created this landscape on my own.

    @Water Roots – I adore the lilies too, I have some yellow ones in my backyard too, they’re just gorgeous. Don’t worry – in your capable hands the garden will look awesome next year!

    @Tatyana – I wish I knew the name of anything! The only reason I know the orange ones are lilies is because someone told me. 🙂 I’m so sorry, if I ever find out I’ll let you know, but for now I’m clueless.

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    Thanks Teena – they are! We are incredibly lucky to have bought a house from such good caretakers.

  • Hi Tatiana! Those flowers (pictures # 1 and #3) – tall, with pink blooms – don’t they look exactly as Fireweed (my post “A Tresured Weed”)?! I learnt its name just recently, traveling in Alaska. BTW, I am curious – how did you get your name? I used to write my name with “i”, but then switched to “y”, since it’s closer to a Russian pronounciation.
    Where in alaska will you go? We were on Kenai Peninsula. Have a great trip!

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    Hi – I just check out your post again – I think you’re absolutely right! They certainly grow as weeds here, taking over the bed one at a time. Now I know what they are – excellent!

    I got my name the old fashioned way – by being born in Russia. 🙂 We moved to Canada in 1991 when I was rather young and drove across the country to settle in Calgary. Yes, I still speak it, and enjoy the many comments on your blog, which reminds me of home. I spell it this way because that’s how it was written on my passport/citizenship card and I’m very used to it now, as well as it’s a huge hassle to change. How did you end up in the US? I know you’ve been there a while, I remember your post about living in the midwest for a bit? Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know the name of that beautiful (and now useful) plant.

  • How wonderful that you inherited such beautiful gardens from the previous owners…I’m sure you’ll keep them looking lovely. 🙂

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    Thanks Nancy, we’ll do our best – still a steep learning curve ahead, but we’re trying. 🙂

  • I just learned you’re going to Alaska, by someone else’s post… !??! Oh yes ??


    I think Fireweed is used for lots of stuff… it was going out, away up north, last year – but I recall wanting some for something…tea? ?? I don’t recall now…

    I * LOVE * the orange ones, ok, i love em all. Wow are you lucky with the variety and incredible diversity of your garden! Do you know what the second last blue ones are? PHEWWWW… ahhh now THAT just gave me a big pang of missing summer!

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    @ Ali – lol – we’ve been talking about Alaska for at least a year now, but this fall sounds very doable. Fireweed, as Tatyana correctly pointed out is called Ivan’s Tea in Russian, and you do indeed pick young flowers before they fully all bloom, dry for a week or so, and make a super healing tea out of them. I just had no idea that’s what it looked like.

    And, no, no I have no idea what those are, but if I had to guess I’d throw delphimiums out there. 🙂

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