Thursday, March 21, 2013

Three for Thursday: Three Things That Made Me Happy Today


I've been working with the same old rusty shovel for most of my gardening life.  The edges are dull and the wood handle is roughened, both things that could be improved with some filing and sanding.  The Head Gardener and The Executive Producer always seem to be somewhere else when I want their help with such a task, though.  Today, after returning home from another trip to Treesearch, I decided that I not only needed a new shovel but by golly, I deserved one!  So I headed to Lowe's and ankled it over to the garden tools display.  I had another shovel in hand when Lowe's employee Kevin suggested I take a look at this Truper 2-in-1 shovel and edger they had just received.  He unwrapped one and handed it to me.  It felt good in my hands and I decided it was worth a try.  As soon as I got home, I put on my gloves and took the Truper for a spin.  OH, MAMA.  Where have you been all my gardening life??????



As I was tidying up later, I saw that another Louisiana iris had opened.  This is 'Wine Country'.   That picture doesn't convey the deep rich velvety tones of this bloom.  It's my new favorite until another variety opens and seduces me with its charms!


Finally, I stopped at New Nurseries on my way home from Treesearch and was fortunate to find a 'Rising Sun' redbud.  I've coveted this tree since I saw it at the Garden Writers' Association convention, I think in 2010.  It's said to tolerate heat and humidity well and I'm optimistic about its future here at Wit's End.

10 comments:

Leslie said...

I'd be happy about those things too. As a matter of fact I AM happy that you have those things to be happy about!

Alison said...

Lots to be happy about. That iris is a stunner!

Misti said...

My irises are budding and I'm excited to see what they will look like as this is my first season with them.

Will have to check out both of your gardens (heard of Treesearch during the fruit tree sales this winter) that were recommended soon.

Helen said...

I'm happy about all the thing that Leslie is happy about. Plus, that redbud! I think I fell in live with it at the same time as you. Hope it's happy, too!

Helen said...

Hmmm. I need a spellcheck on my comments! Here are the right words: things and love.

Kathy said...

I just love getting a new tool that works well and makes gardening more productive.

Gail said...

I love happiness and this post and all the commentors are just full to the brim with happiness! The iris is a beauty and wowzer on the new shovel. xogail

Carol said...

A new shovel? Fun! and I remember that redbud tree. I hope it grows well for you!

Rose said...

I know just how you feel about your new shovel, Cindy. I bought some ratcheting long-handled loppers at the Chicago Flower Show and have been looking for things to chop down lately:) Your redbud is a beauty; I hope it does well for you, too.

Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden said...

Hi Cindy.....You do deserve a new shovel and I'm glad you got a really good one. After going through I don't know how many pruners, I finally bought a really good pair at the lawn and garden show. I don't know why I always try to save money by buying a cheaper model. They never work right, so I'm not saving money, I'm spending more money because I keep buying them. Finally, this pair seem to be worth every cent. Your Iris is beautiful and I can't wait to see more.