Happy Easter from Gaga's Garden Geese Family

Happy Easter from Gaga’s Garden Geese Family

Hallelujah! The geese family is all decked out in their Easter Regalia.  It was touch and “snow” due to snowmageddon. Readers of Gaga’s Garden will remember when the Geese Girls were kidnapped from their Plano, Texas home one Easter never to be seen again. Everyone was saddened by their disappearance. They were loved by neighborhood children and adults alike. Touched by my dismay over their disappearance friends rallied and located another family of geese and adopted them for me when I moved from Texas to Illinois.  Much to my enchantment they were here in the yard when I arrived from Texas. Since we had 15″ of snow last week and temperatures in the 20′s in S. Central Illinois I was wondering whether the proud Geese Family would still be buried in a snow bank.

It's Too Deep, I Can't Waddle Through

It’s Too Deep, I Can’t Waddle Through

Now I shall remind you how I preach about pruning too early. I hate to say I told you so but…I told you so. My story of Pruning Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PPTSD) has been validated once again. Here’s the drill. There’s always some local lore, such as the last day for a hard frost is Presidents Day so you can prune your roses, or prune your roses on Valentine’s Day. Sounds romantic, right? We have some warm days and get the pruning fever; go out and feel ahead of the game. Here’s the dilemma we face. A hard blast of winter can come back with a vengeance so its best to err on the side of caution. When it is time to go out and prune we often feel like we have to do it all at once. One year pruning 200 roses over the course of a couple of days I developed a severe case of acute tendonitis, or tennis elbow. Getting tennis elbow from playing tennis sounds a bit more glamorous than getting tennis elbow from pruning 200 roses I think. I had to wear a brace for a long time since tendons are a bear to heal and every time I picked up the clippers they would just release without that brace on. So here are a few way ways we can take care not to over due it and be sure to not have pruning take a bite out of us. :)

Rose Garden in Snow

Rose Garden in Snow

Stretch before starting to garden

Use good body mechanics, warm up muscles

Sit when you can or invest in a good rolling cart

Lift with your legs and keep your back straight

Use the big muscles in your legs to perform lifting bending shoveling

When pruning or weeding be sure you are stable to avoid tipping backward

Try to maintain a good posture to avoid back strain by not hunching over

Always use a kneeling pad

Well maintained pruners make for easier cuts

Practice gentle strength- have the best tools in top condition and don’t try to do everything at once

Garden Lion Snow Gauge

Garden Lion Snow Gauge

A friend said to me once “what a lovely hobby you have” referring to rose gardening. I remember I was taken aback by the word hobby because growing roses is so much more to me than a hobby. I feel gardening is good for the body, mind and soul. There is a spiritual element to being one with nature, digging in the dirt and watching a garden become a creation. There are quiet, reflective and meditative times alone in the garden that are some of the most intensely satisfying moments one can imagine. You can truly be present in a moment in your rose garden. It can be even better if you take care of yourself, so you can continue working in your garden and it will reward you far more than you can imagine.

Easter Snow Cross 2013

Easter Snow Cross 2013

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13 Responses to Rose Garden Easter Snowmageddon

  1. mustafaelsahli says:

    I like what u write ,,have a great day Luminous

    • Gaga says:

      Dear Mustafael,
      Thank-you so much for your continued support of my writing. I do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day.
      Sincerely,
      Gaga

  2. This is SOooooo cute! Love the back story also.

    • Gaga says:

      Hi Elena,
      I was so sad when the original Geese Girls were taken literally from the front door in Plano. And did you know my sweet husband was the one who first bought the geese. So you see I am quite taken with them. And I have clothes for all seasons. Kids young and old do enjoy the frivolity of them. I’m glad you like the story. Happy Easter dear lady!
      Warmest Regards,
      Susan

  3. Jeavonna Chapman says:

    Poor baby. It will melt soon. [This is exactly why I don't live in Illinois anymore.]

    • Gaga says:

      Jeavonna,
      I wish you did live in Illinois! Then you could come visit me. In fact come visit anyway. I’m told my guest room is like a well run hotel, lol.
      Warmest Regards,
      Susan

  4. Oh my goodness! Love the garden geese. I’m sure they are ready for some sun on their feathers.

    • Gaga says:

      Dearest Mia,
      My husband first introduced me to these delightful creatures! My first set was stolen in Plano and I wrote about it. I have outfits now for the new family for all the holidays and all the neighborhood kids, young & old really delight in seeing them. I’m glad you like them.
      Warmest Regards,
      Susan

  5. Chris says:

    Great post! Cute Geese Girls!

    • Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      I am so glad I have my geese family back. They warm my heart. And how do you like the little baby in her bonnet? Did Tina get any geese?
      Love,
      Susan

  6. Nancy says:

    Happy Easter to you and your geese family! I love their outfits and look forward to seeing more of them.

    • Gaga says:

      Hi Nancy,
      Happy Easter to you and Randy! Yes they are all decked out and next holiday I guess is their Memorial Day outfits!
      Love,
      Susan

  7. Diane Sommers says:

    I enjoyed your articles and pictures! I have pictures of my garden in snow mid April and use it in programs as a reminder to be patient and wait for spring!

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