I got that raise that I was hoping for - and I didn't even have to ask! It was a 30% raise too.


uh-erm, I'd like to thank all the little people.

With all the extra hours that I have been working, my exercise plan is pretty much in the crapper; but I figure that I have been more than making up for it with all the gardening that I have been doing.

Here are a few pictures of my garden this spring.

Part of my main garden

These irises were a gift from my grandma from her garden.

These are some of my favorite tulips - I believe they are "Blue Parrot" even though they are not very parroty - they look more like "André Rieu" tulips, really.

This is my beautiful "Elizabeth" magnolia bloom. AWESOME!


Mrs. Loquacious said...

Beautiful flowers! I wish I had a green thumb. I live in an apt. and every plant I've owned has died, include the orchids I recently got as an Easter present. :( My thumb is deadly black.

The Doc said...

Big congratulations on the raise, and your garden is looking lovely this year. Living in an apartment I don't have a lot of opportuity to exercise my horticultural muscles, but Peach does a nice job of decorating the place with flowers, so that's as close as we can get.

Sylvana said...

Mrs. Loquacious, I have killed PLENTY of plants. In fact the only house plant I have because I haven't managed to kill it yet is a cactus - and I have killed plenty of those before too. When people ask me what my gardening secret is I tell them - VOLUME. You plant enough stuff and some it is bound to succeed.

The Doc, gardening was one of the major motivators for me for getting a house. We didn't have any money and the home prices around here were high, but I managed to find a no-money-down loan for the amount that amount that we needed. My secret? VOLUME. You talk to enough lenders and you are bound to find one that says yes to your demands.

I'm relentless.

Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

Impressive - I wish I had the paitence to create "living art" like that. I, however, need instant gratification.

lindsaylobe said...

Wonderful flowers! I can remember your garden after the snow a few years ago, and despite being busy it looks fantastic!! Congratulations on the on salary increase, it means you are finally getting the recognition you deserve, but don’t rest on your laurels and expect small increases from mow on .......I expect that size increase every year …..Ha ha may it keep on going up!!
Best wishes

AG said...


Heather said...

Congrats on the raise - that's awesome! And he flowers look gorgeous!

Evil Spock said...

Congrats on the raise! We're buying a house, and we're looking forward to the landscaping aspect. Actually the gf is looking forward to it, I just want to enjoy the aftermath.

Sylvana said...

Shamus, I really like to think of it as living art too. My yard is my canvas.

Lindsay, thanks, that's not such a bad idea.

AG, thanks. I'm hoping this year I'll actually get it to a point that I can sit back and enjoy it.

Heather, I've been enjoying the extra money.

Evil Spock, I spent years watching HGTV fantasizing about having my own garden.