Posts Tagged ‘Gardening’

It was one year ago that I started writing this blog. We had just moved into our new home and planted flowers in the garden. Here’s what some of them look like now:


A patio pot of pink flowers:

Lily of the Nile:
lily of the nile

Much has happened in this one year of blogging–life events like our ten-year anniversary, the 8th grade graduation of a niece I’ve known and loved from the beginning, the adventure of new friendships and the deepening of old ones, losses, and journeys both internal and external. A full set of seasons passed by, documented sporadically and inadequately on this blog. What has made this experience extra rewarding is the connection with you, Blissful reader–whether I’ve known you for years, or whether we’ve only met through our blogs.

A good friend said so very generously that this is the “most beautiful blog on the net.” I know he’s totally exaggerating, but it pleases me nevertheless because this blog is about taking note of blessings and seeking to live life fully. For me, that entails recognizing and cherishing beauty.

In this season–the same one in which I started this blog a year ago–I often find myself looking out through the windows into the light and color in our garden. Outside, a few fruits are ripening on the dwarf lemon tree. The Japanese maples are flourishing. The hydrangea, alyssum, and lobelia are in full bloom. As the garden matures outdoors, so I hope that Blissful Begonia’s roots will grow deeper and that it will bloom as I continue to blog.

Thank you for a Blissful year of blogging! Let’s hope for many more. 🙂

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Sometimes flickers of it are in your own backyard:

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
– Anton Chekov

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Good Ideas

A Catnap

cat nap

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
– Robert Fulgham

Afternoon Tea

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
-Thich Nat Hahn


Japanese maple

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
– Mohandas K. Ghandi

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I’m not feeling very chatty right now, so I hope you’ll put up with some recent photos.

At a garden shop:
Garden pots

Garden pots

Japanese Maple

At home:
Japanese Maple


Pink Flowers

Easter Lily & Oriental Poppy

The weather forecast is for more rain and cold weather, so for now we’re soaking up the sun. Don’t stay away for long, beautiful weather!

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Grow, salad, grow!

This weekend, the warm sunlight lured me outdoors to garden. In a three-tier planter, I’m growing a salad. 🙂

Herb & Salad Garden

Top tier: purple and sweet basil

Middle tier: fennel, sage, oregano, and rosemary

Bottom tier: red-leaf lettuce and chard

The “salad bowl” planter is right outside our patio door, so we’ll be able to just step outside and clip a few greens for a salad. Around the corner of the house are pepper (sweet red, green, and yellow), zucchini, squash, and more chard plants.

Grow, yummy veggies, grow!

This is only my second year of vegetable gardening, and I’m hooked. What about you? Do you garden? What are you growing this season?

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Are you on your way?

spring comes early

We’ve planted a few early signs of spring.

early buds

Around our neighborhood, the trees are budding.

still hibernating

Even so, some of us are still hibernating.

Season of warm breezes, flowers, and short-sleeved blouses, are you on your way?

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