Digging and Planting Equals Beauty

Posted by Sharkey

You know that we, Frenchies, are never afraid to get our paws dirty and you may recall last autumn when we helped out in the garden by planting tulip bulbs.  Well, we are very happy to report that we are now enjoying the fruits (flowers) of our labor.

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Francesca, all of our hard work last autumn has really paid off.

1 Francesca, all of our hard work last autumn has really paid off.

Do you remember when we planted this long border with a species tulip called 'Ice Stick'?

2 Do you remember when we planted this long border with a species tulip called 'Ice Stick'?

Last November, there were so many tulip bulbs to plant and we decided to lend our services to Ryan.

3 Last November, there were so many tulip bulbs to plant and we decided to lend our services to Ryan.

We looked on line to see what the tulip flowers would look like and we found this great photo of 'Ice Stick'.  They're something called a species tulip, which can be found growing in the wild, unlike the more common hybridized varieties.

4 We looked on line to see what the tulip flowers would look like and we found this great photo of 'Ice Stick'. They're something called a species tulip, which can be found growing in the wild, unlike the more common hybridized varieties.

Franny, do you remember how many holes you dug?

5 Franny, do you remember how many holes you dug?

I certainly remember sinking all those bulbs and covering them over with the soil from the digger.

6 I certainly remember sinking all those bulbs and covering them over with the soil from the digger.

My paws were so tired from all that tamping down of the soil.

7 My paws were so tired from all that tamping down of the soil.

But, just look at how gorgeous that garden is today!  'Ice Stick' is one of the first full-size tulips to bloom in early April.

8 But, just look at how gorgeous that garden is today! 'Ice Stick' is one of the first full-size tulips to bloom in early April.

On chilly, overcast days, like this one, 'Ice Stick' keeps its petals closed.

9 On chilly, overcast days, like this one, 'Ice Stick' keeps its petals closed.

But on sunny days, 'Ice Stick' opens its purple petals to reveal a pure white interior with a bright yellow center.  It's just gorgeous!

10 But on sunny days, 'Ice Stick' opens its purple petals to reveal a pure white interior with a bright yellow center. It's just gorgeous!

Franny, what do you say we pick a bouquet for Martha?  Won't she just love it!

11 Franny, what do you say we pick a bouquet for Martha? Won't she just love it!

Comments (14)

  • Hello everyone,
    It is amazing all the work you girls do around the farm. But all that hard work pays off. The tulips look so fresh and vibrant. You should have used GK to help with the holes for the bulbs. It would only take one swipe of his big paw to make each hole. Remember that for next time. He is there so what the heck, you might as well get some work out of him. Hehehehehe.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Ice, Ice Baby! :)

    Beautiful indeed! A little patience always yields something wonderful.

    Your tamping technique is spot on Sharkey! :)

    Happy Tulip Tuesday to all! :)
    gail

  • I'm back. And I have a funny story for you. As you all know Karen sleeps on a recliner ever since the fire/explosion that we had four years ago because she gave up the dining room, her bedroom, the spare bedroom and all of the living room furniture to make room for the dogs that survived the kennel fire. Now mind you she doesn't mind giving anything up, she is very grateful for the dogs that made it there is work being done on our new kennel but it is a very very slow process. So, she is on the recliner and when she went to get up, the chair attacked. It just flipped forward and dumped her on the floor. Cyrus ran over and jumped on her. He thought she was playing. On top of it she is laying on the floor with a 70 pound dog on top of her and she has a bad cramp in her leg. Could it get any worse you ask? Why yes it can. She has terrible arthritis all over, especially her knees She can't get on her knees to get up cause that is very painful for her. So, she is trying to use her feet to push herself closer to the chair but her feet keep slipping on the rug, Cyrus is still jumping up and down on her to play, the cramp is getting worse and the chair moves away from her.as she is pushing on it . And all the dogs are waiting to go out to take care of their business. Finally she got just enough traction to get up. I told her that I came up with an alternate plan if the last push to get up didn't work. . I told her I would call AAA to send a tow truck to pull her up. I don't know why but she said that I not be dining on any biscuits for a long time. She doesn't know it but I have them hidden all over the house. They don't call me the professor for nothing. Hehehehehehehe
    Maddox
    PS. I think she should give the recliner a time out, don't you?

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    I love it Gail, Tulip Tuesday!!! You girls sure did do a great job of planting the tulips. So beautiful!!! We have 5 inches of snow here and no sign of tulips. A good sit in front of the fire day and have cocoa and popcorn.

    It sounds like everyone had a great weekend. Congratulations to you and your family Riley on getting the house sold. My brother, Weston is hoping to have everything go well and close soon on his house. Keep your paws crossed for him. Missy Chow it sounds like your Dad just doesn't understand the landscape business. And Kirby, having to come home early from walks. Were you pulling, what was the problem? Give me the scoop. I pull sometimes, not too often, usually when I am excited getting started. Dudley is it raining/snowing there? Rebel, I too want to know if Mimi bought you some goodies on the shopping spree. Abby and Jimmy, I am so glad Mom had a good race. She sure is wonderwoman. Jake and Molly, I wonder if you go swimming in the ocean. Kitty I can see the excitement in chasing things. I almost caught a mouse on our walk Sunday. I think you have had cabin fever over the winter and are going BA NER CO now when you are outside. Don't upset Mama Delia. I miss Zoe, and most important are you all sending vibs so we hear from Cora Belle? I thought I remembered her saying she was going to see the Chiweenies sometime, but didn't think it was a long vacation. Maddox you are right, those G.K. paws would sure be a help in the gardening with the girls. Off to lounge for a bit. Have a GEM of a day.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • And one more thing.......I just checked the previous posts and saw there was a late one from Serena. Welcome, girlfriend. Sharkey's Aunt, hey!!! You sound beautiful and are you German by your last name? Jake and Molly have a German last name too. If I remember it is Lickalot, or something long and and fancy German. Anyway, welcome aboard and what part of the country do you live in?
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, I am so proud of you sweet girls for planting those beautiful 'Ice Stick' tulips last November and they look wonderful now! How nice that you will pick some for Martha and she will be very happy! It's so nice to see what you do to help Ryan and Martha! Hope you have a great day and say Hi to GK again! So nice to hear from the first 3 of you Glue Squaders this morning and love your comments especially telling us about many of our other buddies! Maddox, sure hope Karen is doing much better! Ruby, you are so nice to talk about our buddies and I agree with your comments! How nice to hear from Serena yesterday! Sure hope to hear from Cora-Belle ASAP! Hope all of you have a great day! We are getting sunshine again! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Everybody: Today's blog was seriously interesting, and I must tell you that I would be a most excellent hole digger. I can dig holes anywhere, any size and as many as you need. Digging is good for my soul and is kind of like meditation for me. Riley
    Martha here with a story about bulb planting for you - a few years back (before Riley was here) it was just me and Lucy. Mom would dig the holes and drop the daffodil bulb in, then move on to the next one. As fast as she was digging/filling, Lucy was removing the "prize" from the hole and taking it away. Mom didn't realize what was going on until she came back to fill the holes in and found most of them were empty! It was kinda like an easter egg hunt, but with daffodil bulbs! She found most of them, but a few escaped and the next year there were daffodils in strange places!
    Well, its a lovely day, not too warm yet, and I'm heading for the deck for some downtime. Everyone have a wonderful day, Ruby enjoy the snow, Professor Maddox, it sounds like you have many, many dogs in your household/kennel, I hope your mom feels better and that chair behaves in the future! Riley also likes to play with people who are on the ground, he thinks everything is fun and games!
    Love Martha, Riley and Lululemon.

  • Hello Sharkey, Francesca, Maddox the birthday professor, RUBY TUESDAY, Lucy,Riley, Serena, Ms.Chow,Sweet Dudley, and Empress tang...
    Well another beautiful post with the Ice tulips! Really pretty flowers, Mom woke me up from my nap for a look on the computer and a dog cookie.
    I wondered how many of you glue squad members are helping out with the gardens? Mom takes me down and I can rest in the chive patch by the herbs while she digs up weeds and rocks for garden prepping. She says we have to bunny proof the fence. Every year apparently rabbits jump thru the current fence and decide to populate inside the veggie garden so now securing the perimeter is the plan.
    Maddox, I laughed so hard about the attack recliner and then was worried your Mom might be sore. So here's hoping that chair gets a long time out and hope you find many, many biscuits today!!! Hope Zoe is able to have fun with super nanny. Take care all, we are off today!!! Woo- hoooo!
    Abby the pug/pekie/frenchie girl

  • Good morning ladies,
    Love the two-lips! Our two-lips are just about ready to open up. Can't remember the name of our two-lips, but they are a real pretty blush. The grape hyacinths sure are a bright spot of blue, just waiting for a little bit of blushing two-lips to accent them even more.
    No is the answer, Mimi did not buy a present for me. Her excuse was that she wasn't near any stores with dog stuff. As disappointed as I was, I did check out the shopping bags & I knew it was true. Oh, she didn't get anything for Papa either. We guys are miffed (just a little).
    Maddox, OMG, poor Karen! Did the chair survive? I say if it happens again then Karen needs to roll, roll, roll. It gets you where you want to go & it's fun, too! (I'm making fun 'cause you said it was a funny story). Mimi & I really hope Karen's o.k. Take good care of her Professor.
    I miss Zoe, too & we're really worried about Cora Belle.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Some funny stories this morning. I, for one, don’t do the digging thing. My paws are too valuable for any kind of manual labor. Manual Labor; wasn’t he from Mexico? Back to the stories, Kirby. Well we do have some flowers in strange places too. It seems that the squirrels dig the bulbs up looking for something to eat and “save” them some where else. They come up in the spring time and Mommy can see where they are and replant them after they quit blooming. I an not allowed in the front yard so I can’t chase them away; no fence there. I do give them quite a chase when they come into my back yard. Now for the scoop. When we take walks I try my best to mark every tree or post along the way. I often find some grass where another dog has gone. I lick that spot and last year I got sick and was sick for about two weeks. Mommy had to call the vet for some medication. Daddy tells me, “Don’t lick the grass,” but I do anyway. That is when he takes me back; walk ended. He thinks that I will learn not to do that but hay, I’m a Chow and have a, what Daddy calls, hard head.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Oh what beautiful flowers, you Frenchies did a grand job! Kitty and I worked in the yard yesterday and found some more flowers coming up, but sadly some had been chomped on.
    Cora Belle and Zoe missing...where are you guys? hope all is OK.
    Ruby-gem, I think Kitty is jealous because I'm taking care of a cat named Robin...she sniffs my hand and walks away disgusted.
    Abby when I work outside in the yard Kitty always walks over and lays down watching me, it's really cute.
    Oh Karen my dear! did you have to holler out "I've Fallen and Can't Get Up" ;-) I sure do hope you didn't get hurt and are OK now...good vibes are being sent.
    Rain again today, April showers bring May flowers..yeah right!
    There's a Vulture outside in the tree right now, I'm wondering if he found the carcass of the deer that the coyotes got...poor thing sure is ugly!

    Have good day everyone!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Ruby - Lickalot is a great name but ours is Licknbounce. LOL

    I love Tulip Tuesdays!!

    Molly

  • For the record, Karen is fine. That recliner throws her off about once a month. But it was funny this time cause she was trying to push with her feet and she couldn't get any traction. Her feet were going like crazy but not going anywhere.
    And with Cyrus jumping all over her cause he thought she was in the floor to play. It was just funny. Very funny
    Maddox

  • Molly and Jake,
    So sorry for not getting your last name correct. My Great Grandmother knew German very well I hear, but I am not there yet. I will remember. I hope next week you will send your e-mail to the keeper (Zoe's Mom, Ann) of the Glue Squad e-mail list. This is nice as then we can send photos to each other, and you guys really need to see me in my camo---I am very good, you would never know there was a black dog under the dead grass. Think about it. The photos are very cool, and I could see you 2---hooray!!!
    Have a GEM of an evening.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

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