Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy and Lucy and a Touch of Spring

What’s all this stuff, Lucy?”

“These are spring plants, Little One.”

“This one has no scent. So how are we supposed to know what it is?”

“You have to study them. That is an impatiens.”

“Funny name. It doesn’t seem in a hurry.”

“Now these I will remember. They have a smell.”

“Yes. Those are herbs, and they have a nice scent.”

Where do these things come from?”

“When it is spring, Mom goes to the plant market and buys them.”

“How come we don’t have these in the winter?”

“These plants only like warm weather. Let’s go to the patio and see if there are more.”

“Look at these. hibiscus topiary plants.”

“Coming. There is something here.”

“Your something is a weed.”

“Yeah, I remember those. This dirt smells nice.”

“You are supposed to enjoy the plant, not the dirt.”

“To each his own. Anymore around here?”

“No, I think that’s it for now. There will be more. Let’s go play.”

“What are you doing?”

“I thought you said this was spring. These leaves are like it’s fall.”

“Yes, those are live oak leaves. They come down in the spring since the tree stays green all winter.

“So we should call this spring-fall?”

“You can. You’ll be alone, though.”

“Not unusual.”

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  1. I love how low maintenance your garden is, John… really lovely… (and Twiggy and Lucy too)

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    1. Thank you, Jaye. We have zero scape for sure.

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  2. Such beautiful plants, John. The Producer has inspired me to get busy with my own pots. πŸ˜‰

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    1. It is time, Lori.

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  3. It looks like spring has sprung at the Howell homestead. Lovely, John!

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    1. Thank you ,Jill. We are getting there for sure.

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  4. Lovely signs of spring, John. I love herbs and have thought of trying to grow a few myself.

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    1. We just got a herb tray. It is about 40 inches high and has eight compartments for different herbs. Can’t wait to see how it works.

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  5. Spring has sprung and put a bounce in the girls steps! We have sun and daffodils but it’s COLD πŸ₯Ά lols. The garden is looking lovely, John πŸ’•πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. We just finished with freezing temperatures so hopefully we can move ahead with planting. 😁

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Lovely yard, John. Our nights still freeze, so I’m holding off with planting for a while, but I so so want to work in the garden. My thank yous to the girls for the refreshing tour! As always, a delight. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. We are supposedly finished with freezes so we can go forward. (Let’s hope so at least.) 😁

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  7. So — the girls are falling into spring! There’s nothing like the fragrance of fresh dirt to cheer a winter-weary soul!

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    1. So true. Twiggy has been laying on the magnolia tree dirt.She just loves that. White sofas not so much. Thanks, Linda.

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  8. Kind of like the idea of spring-fall.

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    1. Those little leaves are a pain, though. 😁

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  9. Twiggy seems to be in a frenzy of sniffing!

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      1. I take it Lucy has a more discriminating olfactory organ.

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      2. I think maybe Lucy knows all the smells.

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      3. That makes sense.

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  10. I know spring is really here when I go buy flowers and herbs. Not quite time here in KY.

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    1. Yes we just finished with the last freeze (knock wood)

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  11. The sign of spring plants brings a smile. I’ll have to wait until mid May in my pocket of the world before it will be warm enough for flowers and plants, but I love knowing spring is around the corner. And strange as it may seem, I’ve always loved the smell of soil (notice I called it soil and not dirt), LOL. Twiggy knows what she’s about!

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    1. Ha ha ha. I guess it is called dirt when it gets on the carpet. Thanks, Mae.

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  12. It sure looks nice, John! It’s good to see the girls enjoying it. Thanks for the smiles. πŸ™‚

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    1. It is good to smile for sure. Thanks for letting me know you got one today, Tim.

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  13. Perfect choice in plants. I love where the girls’ noses lead them!

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    1. Thank you, Noelle.😁

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  14. How lovely, Spring plants and flowers!! Green buds and new leaves are just beginning here. Now, I’m curious to know what our garden center has on hand for Spring!
    I’m with Twiggy…fresh clean dirt does smell nice. πŸ˜€

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    1. Always a fun visit to see what’s there. Thanks, Deborah.

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  15. I know they smell good. However if they are Herb’s what are they doing in our yard ?

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    1. Looks like the hokey pokey to me.

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  16. I like that spring-fall. Around here it’s still winter-spring. Our dynamic duo never disappoints.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. I’m glad they still bring a smile.

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  17. Lovely spring over there, John. As Pam said, we are still in our winter-spring. It’s a beautiful sunny day today, though and I am watching my grass patches get bigger and bigger as the mounds of snow melt. Maybe we’ll be lucky and actually see crocus before the end of April!
    Love your patio and all those lovely plants.

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    1. When I lived in the mid-west I loved the crocus and daffodils in the spring. Always a sign of warmer days to come.

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      1. Yes! And friends in New York or New Jersey have been flaunting theirs for almost two weeks now. Still… something is nice about knowing it’s coming… in its own time.

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      2. Yes eventually. 😊

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      3. But today! It is glorious! It is 59! Wooo hoooo! I just went to get myself some Guinness…. yanno, all in the name of St. Paddy’s Day. I had a simple hoodie over my t-shirt and I was hot. It’s only the 17th; I should not get so excited but I can’t help it πŸ™‚

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      4. It is always good to feel the warmth, Dale. Here’s hoping for more. 😊

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      5. Oh yes! Today, we might get up to 54… so exciting πŸ˜‰

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      6. Be careful in that blazing sun. 😁

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      7. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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  18. It’s too early for spring planting where I live, but I’m so ready. Your choices are lovely.

    Sending the girls belly rubs.

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    1. Thank you, Staci. 😁

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    2. Thank you, Miss Staci.

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  19. It’s so much fun to get new plants in the spring. I haven’t gone shopping yet, but soon. Love the spring/fall reference. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  20. Haha! With my pollen allergies, I have to agree with Twiggy about the dirt.
    Everything is looking lovely, John. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. I hear you on the allergies

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  21. Anonymous · ·

    Spring at the Twiggy Resort! How wonderful, dear John! πŸ™‚

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    1. It is wonderful. Happy times, Dear Maria.

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  22. Your yard really looks spring-likem John. Ours not yet.

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    1. You. guys are still getting low temps at night too.

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      1. Yes, we are. And way too little rain. But that may be the same for you.

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      2. I heard on the weather that you guys have had only 15% of normal rain for the past four months. Watch out for fire.

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  23. No, she won’t be alone. I have an oak of some sort in my yard and I could swear it sheds all year long!! I finally got a leaf blower for my small patio, because sweeping was getting ridiculous!! πŸ€

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    1. Yeah sweeping is not very effective.

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  24. I’d forgotten about those live oaks — thanks for the reminder. We don’t have them here. I’m loving your Spring preparations, John, especially that Impatiens. My mom used to have them all the time, up until a few years ago, when they just didn’t seem to do well here. Perhaps somebody has tinkered with the species.

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    1. We can only have them for a short time.The heat does them in

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  25. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Love to see the flowers of spring. Happy St Patty’s day!

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    1. Happy St. Patrick’d Day, Denise

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  26. Yes! Plants for spring. I bought basil yesterday. Grateful to have made it to another spring and be able to buy herbs. Your producer made good choices and will give the girls something to sniff and you to enjoy.

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    1. So true, Jo. Thank you. Have a super weekend. 😁

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  27. Spring-Fall doesn’t have the same ring as Indian Summer. I’ll trust her instinct though.

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    1. Ha ha ha. 😁

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  28. petespringerauthor · ·

    It looks like you’ve got a couple of botanists on the staff, John.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Botchanists I think. Thanks, Pete.

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  29. Sorry I missed the girls yesterday, John. I love these chats. Twiggy is right, dirt and weeds are good, too. The plants look lovely. I’ll take the girls’ word for the smell, until they can send that over the web.

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    1. Someone ought to work on web scent. It mIght be fun. Could handle bacon and eggs right now. 😊

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      1. If it starts out like the cologne samples they put in magazines, we’re in trouble.

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      2. Yes we are in trouble. Imagine a tour of the local pig farm. 😳

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  30. I so love pictures of them. They always seem so industrious, and your backyard beckons John. It’s as if Lucy and Twiggy are saying, come on over, we’d love to see ya. πŸ™‚

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    1. They would indeed, Susannah. Yeah, come on over. Sit back on the porch, have some tea and a scone. Watch us play.😁

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      1. Sounds like a Disney film. πŸ™‚

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  31. Trailblazers often work alone.

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    1. True. Thanks, Marc.

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  32. Ah the smell of dirt. And spring-fall. That’s a good point. The girls are such fun on the discovery missions.

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    1. They love to learn new things. Like your students in a way.

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      1. That’s a pretty good analogy. πŸ™‚

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      2. I keep toying with a Lucy and Twiggy kids story so there is a learning bent to each one.

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      3. You could do a terrific story. Have you read Harry the Dirty Dog? It’s a classic and might inspire you.

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      4. I have not. Good suggestion though.

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      5. You will love the book! I promise your library has a copy. Please let me know if you read the book, etc.

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      6. I will let you know.

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      7. πŸ˜€

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  33. Ahhh.. Spring!

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Cheryl.

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  34. Happy Spring – Fall, Twiggy and Lucy!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Miss Resa. Happy spring to you as well.

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  35. HI John, I didn’t know that about the oak trees, John. Happy spring planting.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie

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  36. Spring-fall indeed. I hope Webster and Oxford are listening.

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    1. It would be good for them to hear. Thanks, Ankur.

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