Solace and Serenity found in the Garden

It’s been a roller coaster of a weekend these past few days. Needless to say.  With so much uncertainty and new information coming our way on an hourly, almost minute by minute basis on the COVID-19 virus – it all seems so overwhelming and hard to comprehend at times.

I know all the extreme measures taken such as social distancing, school closures, restaurant and retail closures, and almost everything closing down for the next few weeks are all in an effort to keep us healthy and well, and my head understands the science and statistics behind it, but the heart makes me feel all-unnerving nonetheless.

All I wanted to do with all this happening is find comfort in my garden, but wouldn’t you know it, our weather decided to start raining out of the blue!  A whole month of dry sunny gorgeous weather and just when we are craving sunshine to cheer us up just a little, we got cloudy skies and lots of rain this past weekend.


We had been having one of the mildest winters in years in February and March. Our winter temperatures have been very mild in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s.  The temperatures have been so warm that when our weather folks tell us there is a cool down coming, they are talking 60s and 50s!  With all this warm temperatures the garden has started leafing out months early.  My rose bushes have already set bud; my bearded iris and Dutch iris that usually bloom in late April are already blooming.  I even have sweet peas giving me blooms in March! I’m loving it and was thinking that it would have been nice however to get more rain this winter.  Well, looks like our rainy season isn’t over yet.


Just to cheer you all up a little and to get your minds into looking forward to April and all things anew and spring, here are some pictures of my spring-like garden in February and March.


Bearded Iris

I absolutely love this bearded iris!  Such decadent colors in nature just blows my mind.



The stalk was so big it flopped over to the ground.  I brought it indoors to enjoy.  Such beautiful colors on this stunning bloom!







Electric Blue Dutch Iris



These single tulips from previous years have been reblooming every spring!





Around late January our local Trader Joe’s had brought in a shipment of glorious begonias. I generously bought a whole bunch to brighten up my winter garden.





Cyclamen, pansies and azaleas abloom









Stay safe, well and hydrated.
Wishing you a calm week ahead.


17 thoughts on “Solace and Serenity found in the Garden”

  1. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Uplifted my spirit. Hope all is well with the two of you and the 3 young ladies. Take care and stay safe.💕💕

  2. These are so beautiful, Kalpana😍. A bright spot among the gloomy skies and even gloomier news. Your hard work and efforts in your gorgeous garden brighten all of our days!

    1. Joji, thank you for your sweetest comment!! ❤️ Yes, these are difficult times and I want to do what I can in my own small way to bring a smile to folks. Wishing you and your family health and wellness. Love you 😘

  3. Wow!!! What a Silver Lining to the Dark Clouds – The Corona Virus Pandemic Global Scre , The Twists and Turns in Stock Prices , Business Closures , Travel Bans etc etc It sure is Gloomy and Depressing . But , Dolly , your Flowers in Bloom is a Visual Delight and uplifted my Spirits . Just make sure you have Enough of Food Supplies , Medicines etc as there may be a Lockdown .

  4. GM Dolly! Beautiful irises! Yes, weekend has been rollercoaster and I agree it has been difficult to wrap my head around all these developments.. well said -though it is logical but unnerving. Hugs to all of you. Stay safe and healthy.

    1. I know that bearded iris is stunning isn’t it?? So gorgeous! I’ll save a tuber for you when I divide it.Thanks for checking in Meera. We are all good. You all stay safe and well too Meera. Love you all ❤️!

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