Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday Display Chain: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.....

How does your garden grow?
This week's display chain theme is our interpretation of spring gardens.....
(Note - it really is Tuesday even for me this time around.....)

Sadly, this is our last week of the display chain hosted by Misi from 1890 Gable House Musings.  (This week, Traci from York Mountain Primitives is co-hostessing.)  Misi and Traci saved a dilly for the last.  More than any of the other clever themes, this one has thrown me for a loop, because, as you know, I live in Nod.... And, Lady Spring finds Nod ever so slowly.....I think, with the long, relentless, winters here, she just forgets about us sometimes or loses her way (but don't tell her I said that....I'd hate to be subjected to one of her cruel hail storms ~or worse~ out of spite....)

I didn't think I would find myself apologizing so often for my pitiful offerings, yet here I am doing it again.....but here we go.....

"Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
Well, this Mary's spring garden grows quite contrarily, for I live in Nod you know....."

What I see are blank canvases......waiting to be painted with color and life.

Beds waiting for new plants to nourish and roots to tickle their deep dark recesses:

Containers waiting their turn at being useful again:

Restored to glory with treasures from here:

(Yeah, that's barren and empty too - I told you....things are different in Nod!)

While I say goodbye to these:

And dream of things to come, I am wooed to sleep by the lullaby of my little froggy friends:

And wake to the melodic songs of my feathered neighbors:


I hope you visit 1890 Gable House Musings to find the links to all the other chain gang members' posts.  I strongly suspect that Lady Spring plays favorites and has already visited many of them, so there is sure to be color and beauty to more than compensate for my contrary spring garden offerings.....

I also would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Misi (and her several guest hostesses along the way, including Traci and Amy from Bumble Bee Lane) for organizing and hostessing this wonderful thing called the Tuesday Display Chain for as long as I can remember....I know it brought me - and many others - much joy.

(PS - A special thank-you to Linda of Parker's Paradise for my new blog header....)


Primitive Stars said...

Hello, wonderful garden pictures,very enjoyable. Love the birdhouse and Chick-a-dee,so sweet. Blessings Francine.

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

oh, My dear Robin~your gardens look like they are waiting on the joyful arrival of spring~I can picture them in their full~ don't feel sorrow over it~ but they just take longer to be reborn & I am sure you rejoice on their arrival~ you have terrific potting & garden items~ love the birdhouse~
( PS I so envy you living in a place called nod, I picture it way out in no mans land~ just Mother Nature, no sounds of cars, neighbors, just animals, streams & the wind~oh, I love the sound of that,no smell of factories, just the aroma of green, wood, and soil~ MMMm heavenly)

Mugwump Woolies said...

Love your new crow...a very handsome fellow! Your garden now, resembles mine in August...minus the scorched, dead plants! Your frog is lovely...I love their music!

Traci said...

Ahh, the barren gardens of nod, in no time will be lush with vibrant colors. At least you have tulips and daffodils still, I got very few blooms this year and now they are all quashed from snow, LOL

Thank you for joining in, you gangster you ;) Hugs, Traci

BumbleBeeLane said...

Lovely dirt gardens..smile...Really I do see the possibilities.I'd love your long cold winters and snow but I'm ready for mother nature to just make up her mind.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Christine said...

Well Robin I can surely see signs of your 'Mary' garden in the making and I LOVE the trike container and old tub!
Hey, when the sun's shining, everything looks great!

Robyn ♥ said...

I am totally loving your containers for flowers!! Might just peddle off on that wonderful trike!!
Thanks for joining in the last chain! I found some wonderful blogs through it!

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Oh Robin... but look at everything ready to go once the weather cooperates!!! Everything will look wonderful as the summer starts! We have been cold here and frost... no real color here yet either...still to early even for us... OLM

Penny said...

I can picture all the fun little places you have in your garden full of beautiful colors and scents! Love the wash tub and the trike! I have an adult-sized trike that my MIL used to ride (she never learned how to ride a 2-wheeler!) in my garden now. It has two baskets on the back and one on the front. So fun to decorate in the spring/summer months.
Hope you get some nice warm weather soon!!

marly said...

Hey - nice dirt! You've got a great assortment of outdoor accessories. Your wheelbarrow and tub don't even need flowers. Hopefully, the wait won't be much longer!

frontporchprims said...

What wonderful containers just waiting to be filled with the most beautiful offerings spring and summer can offer. My favorite is the planter with the chicken wire on it. It's very cute:) Hey, things can't be that far behind for you. Your grass is green at lest:) -Steph-

outjunking said...

It won't be long now you will have a lush flower bed or two, trees and bushes full of buds and like the rest of us fighting weeds.:D Oh and I'm digging that prince of yours I mean frog....

earlene said...

I think it is a very sweet post! I cracked up at your comment on the greenhouse! EMPTY!
Just so funny the way you said it.
anywhere soon flowers will be everywhere.

A Primitive Homestead said...

You have wonderful treasures to hold your blooms. I can envision bright flowers filling your old wash tub & vines spilling over the sides. The little wood garden cart is so prim perfect. That's one huge greenhouse you have there. Blessings!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Robin ~
Hopefully springtime will arrive soon in Nod. We had summer in March and it's been like winter since. It looks like the frost got my hydrangeas ~ boo hoo!
Pug hugs :)

~Sara said...

Oh what a clean slate to start planting. It will be time before you know it. Love the bird feeder.Thanks for sharing, I have enjoyed everyone's different take on the topic. Blessings ~Sara

Misi said...

Lovely bones you have there in Nod. A welcoming canvas for growth to begin and for croaks & tweets to enjoy. Thanks so much for sharing along in this final "Tuesday Display Chain"....I hope you will be up for the NEW monthly Scavenger Hunt {{HUGS}}

Trace4J said...

What a cool post..The ideas and flowers I picture in your gardens.
Love the sweet little frog.


Farm Field Primitives said...

I love all your "waiting so patiently" pots and containers. Soon they will be bursting forth with lots of color!! It has turned cold here again so I haven't done a thing since my last post as well. Oh, well. It will soom be warm! Take care

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Well Robin as always it's a pleasure to come here and read your posts...it doesn't matter what the theme is you go for it WORKS...you always have us taken in by what you say.

Very nice post indeed.
My gardens look similar as you know I'm in Wisconsin as well!


Vicky said...

I have no excuses for my barren garden containers, Your Crankiness! At least you do! Hope you get a taste of the warm and colorful before you're back to 'nodding off' again!

Mary said...

Robyn, I LOVE your containers...I'm still looking for a rusty little bike..can't wait to see pictures of flowers overflowing your washtub...I can't have enough birdhouses either...I have a big crow that stops by everyday and it makes me think of you..Mary

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Big Smile... You never cease to make me smile..Silly as it may sound I think your painted picture of your late arrival Spring Gardens in nod was the best post of all.. You see we will get to share yours when ours are all gone and while we wait we can picture what you will share with us.
Love the little trike and oh how cute is your froggie..

Have a great week!


Kim said...

It's not only in Nod. Spring takes its sweet time getting here too.

Cindi said...

Minnesota has cruel springs too, one day in the 70's the next in the 40's. I am hoping everyone makes another post mid summer to show off how their gardens have grown, hint hint! LOL Thanks for sharing.Have a great day.
Be blessed!

Carmen and the Primcats said...

HI Friend!!!!!!! My your gardens are much later than ours! But I bet they are fantastic when they are all decked out!

Have a great day!!!!

Carmen and the Primcats

Rhissanna said...

Be happy you have Spring blossoms to look forward to. Here in Arkansas, the daffodils are long gone and there's roses in bloom. It's lovely, but it all seems a bit rushed. Love the frog picture and the new blogger head. Well done, Linda.

Rhissanna said...

Be happy you have Spring blossoms to look forward to. Here in Arkansas, the daffodils are long gone and there's roses in bloom. It's lovely, but it all seems a bit rushed. Love the frog picture and the new blogger head. Well done, Linda.

Woman Seeking Center said...

Ah Spring ~ she comes slow to Nod (and NY! lol) 8 inches of snow on my sod this past week (yes, that background whimpering is the sound of weeping...)

Your washtub and stand caught my eye - I've one the same in my laundry room which acts as the hamper (somehow I'm not surprised we share a fondness for & own a matching "old treasure")

Here's to Spring arriving soon
(or at least some time before summer?) :-)