This morning, I took the camera and went out to see what I could see. It isn’t nearly as cold today as yesterday, but warm? Not really. Still, I could be outside in just a sweater for the fifteen minutes it took to take a few shots of our so-called garden.

Garry took the fallen Fred Flamingo and stood him upright. He now welcomes all comers to the garden mess!

I have done no gardening at all this year. By now, I usually have it cleaned out, clipped down and about as organized as it ever gets — which isn’t very organized. It has been too cold, snowy, rainy, and windy for any kind of gardening. It has been bad enough to make me want to completely avoid going outside. At all.

Today, the sun is shining. It isn’t raining. Although we don’t have snow on the shoots (no flowers yet, just shoots), it’s a complete chaotic mess of a garden. I’m hoping by next week, not only will I have finally stopped coughing, but the weather will coöperate so I can go and do the few little things I can to make the place “almost” respectable.

In the meantime, everything is growing! Give those shoots a few days of warmer temperatures and sunshine, and we might just have a springtime miracle.

From Nancy Merrill:

Spring in Utah is like living in a state of confusion. Each year, the fruit farmers live in constant dread of late spring snowstorms and hard freezes that could wipe out their entire crop. The day after my tulips opened, we had a crazy snowstorm that blanketed our garden with about an inch of snow. Fortunately, the next day the temperature was in the 50s and the snow melted. At least we don’t have to water the gardens yet.

You can see the daffodil greenery and the many lilies. It’s going to be a bonanza year for day lilies.
This green and yellow climbing plant is not a wildflower and I don’t know its name. Probably put here by a former owner, but has in the past two years, really taken over the picket fence.
A big year for day lilies. I can see it!
More of the green and yellow climbers!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

20 thoughts on “A STATE OF CHAOS AND CONFUSION – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I can no longer do very much in the garden. I have gardeners that do it very well, but nature does not wait for them. My son is helpful but does not have gardening in the blood. I see so much that bothers me. A patch of clover in the lawn, daisies in the herbs, ugh

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    1. I can’t do very much, but to be fair, I’m not a great gardener anyway. I usually rake out the dead leaves and stuff and take a pruning shears and cut back the rose bushes which get otherwise absolutely huge. This takes me about two hours and I do it maybe twice a year. Not heavy gardening. But the weather has been so bad, I haven’t gone out at all.

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  2. The entirety of my gardening consists of the maintenance free annuals the previous owner planted in the front flower boxes to give the house curb appeal while it was on the market nine Springs ago. The daffodils already came and quickly went last month thanks to the cold and wet two week stretch that followed what seemed to be a sign of early Spring. I thought the tulips were going to be a no-show since they’re usually up within a week or so of the daffodils, but they’re finally starting to sprout. I wish the grass would die, but no such luck…


    1. Well, this needs that couple of hours work, but I’m too tired today to dare. We actually WENT to a party last night — Garry’s old friends and colleagues from Boston media — and while it went well, especially since these things usually don’t go that well — we came home really beat. Long drive, heavy (but moving) traffic. And today, I’ll be lucky if I can get Garry up before dusk. I’m only up because I needed coffee more than I needed sleep.


  3. Since that vine has leaves already I’m guessing it’s an euonymus? I have some growing on the side of our house. Some of the leaves are just green but there are others that are variegated – sometimes yellow/green others white/green.


  4. I’m adding my voice to Nancy Merrill’s. Although (knock wood) it appears that the confusion has ended and Spring has begun. My lilac bush (one of them) is actually lush and green and has a bevy of leaves, despite the late and unceasing snows this year. I live in a fruit ‘zone’ in northern Utah and those snows do worry the farmers and orchard people. And there’s fewer of those than last year, so what fruit is being grown? Is precious. I’m allowing my dandelion crop to flourish so the bees have a snack when they come out. Your garden is lovely, and makes me miss my own day lilies, left behind when I moved, because plants don’t take to transplanting in the winter. I’ll enjoy yours instead! Thanks! 😀


    1. It will look a lot better in a couple of weeks! We’ve got ONE more storm to get through then, I think, we’re going to see spring busting out everywhere. All the trees look pink with buds. I can hardly wait!


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