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Friday, March 5, 2021

Giveaway Winner and...Shy Violets Already

Nature is so amazing. Where there was ice-blasted grass and brown soil, there is now new green and a sprinkling of early violets. These are growing near a grotto on the grounds of a former convent. I lived here once, long ago. I think these are the only violets in Las Cruces, and they grow only near the Grotto. I think they grow for Mary, Queen of Heaven. Since I lived there, the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe was removed from the Grotto. They can remove her statue, but the very earth remembers!

spring wild violets near a grotto in las cruces new mexico


And...we have a winner! I did this old-style, with bits of paper that we put in a bag, and my husband drawing the winner. 



Sheri at Red Rose Alley, a delightful blog, congratulations! If you email me your address, I will send off your giveaway items.

This was so fun for me, that I am wondering...any of you interested in a giveaway featuring seeds? I have so many, many unusual seeds, for all climates and all skill levels. Let me know in the comments if anyone is interested in a Spring Seed Giveaway, and please, if you have any thoughts or stories about gardening from seed, tell them in the comments or even in a blog post, as your time permits. I know weekends can be busy.

See you soon, on the blogs...

Kind regards,

The Merry Olde Dame, Holly

 

21 comments :

  1. Congratulations to Sheri at Red Rose Alley. I should go and visit her. About the seeds, that might be a problem if you're sending them out of your country. One would have to check that out.
    Those early Violets are so pretty.

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    1. There are some I cannot send out of country, or even to other states, so I won't include those (like red cotton)!

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  2. Congratulations to Sheri. The violets you showcased are so pretty. We are going to make a start on our seeds in the next week or so, a lovely time of year.

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    1. Sowing seeds is so fun! I haven't seen any of the many, many poppy seeds I sowed showing up...but still fun to plant them. I do have some early nasturtiums showing up.

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  3. Congrats to Sheri, it’s always nice to win a give away.
    Briony
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    1. You are up early, Briony! So happy to see you drop by.

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  4. Congrats to the winner! I don't much with seeds I am to impatient. Hollyhocks are all I do with seeds right now I am trying to reestablish my garden of hollyhocks. I do only the old fashion single bloom and love the old fashion colors
    Cathy

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    1. I love the cottage hollyhocks so much. And once established, they are reliable!

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  5. Those violets are sweet! I'm looking forward to signs of spring here. -Jenn

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    1. I bet your area is just gorgeous in the warm months (pretty in winter, too!).

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  6. Sheri! Congratulations.
    Love the beautiful violets. A sure sign if Spring.

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    1. I hope you find some violets in your area. Your poor palm trees! Some of them here in New Mex also "got it" during the freeze. But some are hardy.

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  7. Ohhh I so love Violets! It isn't really Spring to me, until I see them, in the yard. -smile- And the yards are still snow covered, so it's a long ways off.

    I am in the upper NE of the US, so many seeds, would probably not do well here. And I'd hate to win them, from someone, who could use them. So.......... I don't know what to say, about entering.

    My husband has had fun, starting seeds. -smile- He has more of a Green Thumb, than I do!!!!!!!!

    Oh and Congratulations to your Winner!!!!

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    1. Due to being an avid seed trader, I have lots of seeds from the north! I will probably see if those at my parish want any, maybe put them out where I put the rosaries I make.

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  8. Congrats to the winner.
    I grew up on a small farm. Always lots of goods from the gardens (though back them I did not appreciate them nor did I eat any veggies besides corn and tomatoes...which I know is a fruit). I'd love to have a garden now, but my yard is tiny and the deer think whatever I plant is theirs...sigh. With that being said, I would have to pass on a seed give away...but very generous of you.

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  9. Congratulations to Sheri, her and I became acquainted through your blog dear Dame. The violets are lovely, and I belief the earth does remember. I like the idea of a seed giveaway,or even a seed swap. Do Hollyhocks come back year after year? I threw some seeds out last year willy nilly, all summer nothing, toward the fall something with huge leaves almost heartshaped popped up about 2', my "deer" friends had a snack and pruned it for me. I'm hoping it comes back, and I hope it is a Hollyhock they are lovely.

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  10. How sweet of you! Sheri is one of the nicest people I know so I am very happy for her! Thanks for the fun!

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  11. Congratulations to Sheri on a great win and thank you, Holly, for hostessing such a generous giveaway. Although spring is a long way off here, my lone mourning dove has once again taken up sentry on the garage below and serenades me, so there is hope. I would love a seed giveaway, but so little grows here in this cold, cold, Land of Nod...and, for some reason, I am not very adept at growing things from seed, so I would need a remedial course....and lots and lots of luck LOL. ~Robin~

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  12. Congrats to the winner and to you for hosting! Janice

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  13. Yaaaaay, I'm so glad to win your giveaway! I love getting surprises in the mail. I will mail you my address today. Thank you very much. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Holly, I don't see your e-mail on here. Could you e-mail me (it's on our profile page on our side bar), and I will e-mail back with my address? Thank you.

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