Monday, April 21, 2008

Another Spring on the Hillside

Can this really be our third spring in East Tennessee?
Have we been gone from Texas for 13 years?
I have several dozen unfinished songs in a folder, one of them called "Time Flies"

"When you don’t know what you’re doing
And don’t know what to do

Time flies so much faster than you."

Okay, it's not Lennon/McCartney, but it's true. At any rate, while we have missed Texas, we've enjoyed this local version of life coming back into bloom.

On this hillside, we're surrounded by flowering trees and shrubs (and weeds)...

if we could only get them all blooming at once! The confounded clover is always first, followed by flowering pear, red and white dogwoods, azaleas, columbine (thanks, Susan) and dandelion.

With the arrival of spring, we have started getting our garden in. This year we're going with tomatoes, peppers (jalapenos for salsa; poblanos, green and red bells), cucumbers, okra and squash. Herbs are dill, chives, parsley (what, no sage?), rosemary and thyme. Our blueberry is also in bloom and we're hoping for fruit.

So now begins again the growing and mowing season. No respite until November. This steep grassy slope quickly becomes a love/hate thing, but the flowering and planting is pure joy.


Cornelius Crew said...

We're in the swing of planting as well. We've started with a clean slate this time and finally have all the landscaping stuff done in the front. Total of 6 or 7 trees in the front! Yeah! Trees! Not a problem you have. :) we're also planting a garden which the kids and I are excited about. Of course we won't have to battle any slopes or hills. it's already perfectly flat! It has its advantages!

Amy Wood said...

Hey TN gang! Glad to have you in "blog world" :) Can't wait to see you guys next weekend and for all our boys to be together. Won't it be fun when they're older! I can just see it now...good thing Shirley did the bathroom remodel...I can't imagine how much dirt the boys will get in to in the years to come. Love and Miss you guys!