Joyful Living

Quarantine Scenes: Gardening


Sometimes, on a Thursday morning, you just need some flowers.

I’ve spent a lot of time at home over the last almost six months. Mon Chéri, Le Chien, and I are adjusting to our new home in Vermont and working from home in our home office spaces. We are also trying to stay positive and trying new things.

In my previous posts about life during quarantine, I’ve featured Mon Chéri learning to bake, outdoor folk art, baby bunnies in the backyard, and attempting a yoga class online. Today’s post shares some pictures of our garden and what plants and flowers we discovered growing our new yard.

But before you enjoy some flowers, please watch this interview with my brilliant cousin, Catherine Hereford of Move the Monument, on WAAY TV-31 News in Huntsville, Alabama. She advocates for removing the Confederate monument from the Madison County Courthouse.

Bringing the Garden Into the Home

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

Daffodils in early spring (which in Vermont is the end of April!). I counted five different kinds.

I cut the daffodils as soon as new ones bloomed and placed them in vases around the house. If we’re going to be at home all the time (All. The. Time.), it might as well look pretty!

Siberian irises later in early June. Sadly, they only bloom once and just for a few days.

What I thought was a forsythia turned out to be an ornamental lilac. We enjoyed cuttings in the home throughout June.

The oakleaf hydrangea finally bloomed at the beginning of August. I love the pink tinge on the blooms! It’s current location in the front yard does not get enough sun, so we’ll transplant it at the end of the growing season to a sunnier spot.

Remember, fall is coming (eventually), which means it will be time to prune bushes, trim trees, and fertilize the yard.

What new things have you tried during quarantine?

Merci for reading and please subscribe and share!

À votre santé,



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