After the horror show that was this past winter, I’ve been spending some time outside in the yard fixing it up. I know – it’s shocking. I – queen of the indoors – have been working outside. I’m as surprised as you are.
Gardening really isn’t my thing. I mean, I’ll do it, but tooling around in the yard isn’t my first choice of activity. There are bugs, people. Lots of them. And dirt. And worms, and spiders that are still in their underground winter homes but now I’m digging where they live and I’m trying not to think about the one that crawled over my hand. Have I ever mentioned that poison ivy and I aren’t friends? Fingers crossed that we won’t cross paths this summer.
Despite my aversion to the outdoors, I’ve been out in the yard, making it gorgeous. Okay, maybe not gorgeous. I am not a landscape artist. I could use some professional help. I’m doing my best here.
This week, I bought flowers. I went overboard.
Last year, I didn’t buy any flowers. We blew our wad on a facelift for the house and I decided that we couldn’t spend any more cash on flowers.
I missed having flowers.
So I blew this year’s wad on them.
Along with the annuals, I bought a few perennials to fill the holes in our landscaping, a shrub, some herbs, even a couple of tropical plants. Tropical plants love humidity and heat, and our area brings it every summer.
I pulled out all the pots we have and overfilled a few with coleus and something else that is pretty but I don’t know what it is called. At the store, I quick checked the tag for how much sun it requires and piled some in my cart. I hope they grow. They are going to get lots of sun.
I planted geraniums that had no blooms so it’s a mystery what color they’ll be. I hope they bloom so I find out.
I still have work to do. There are window boxes on the playhouse and hanging baskets to fill with begonias. And I planted some marigolds in spots that I meant to place perennials, so I have to casually rip out some marigolds to make room.
The herbs get their very own pots, as they should. Look, I’m Martha Stewart.
|I have my own pot!|
I threw an old poinsettia into the ground to see what it can do. It suffered this winter by being shut up in my husband’s office, protected from our houseguest. It can’t do any worse than this. Did you know that poinsettias are a shrub?
|I'm a shrub!|
It’s going to look so nice when all the work is finished. I’m looking forward to the yard looking nice again.
I’m also looking forward to being done with the planting, so I can get back inside. Who wants to come over and water?