Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Easter, Spring and Gardens

At the flea market this weekend, I bought this metal basket, decorated with these metal flowers. I'm not sure why, other than it's Easter season, which makes one think of baskets, and it was a dollar and it's got that pink and gold combo from the 50s that has started to appeal to me in a big way. Lately I've been thinking - just thinking - about redoing my kitchen to incorporate those colors. However, I doubt that will happen anytime soon. Or ever.

Hard to believe Easter is just a few days away. Greg's mom invited me to come to Joplin for the holiday, but I can't leave all my little plants. They would need definitely need water before I got back. They're drinking it up at a prodigious rate.

My only Easter decoration is this little bunny I got last year who is residing on my desk. I had hoped to do an Easter tree outside, but after the blizzard, my tree's leaves are all brown - not very spring like. I don't think brightly colored, plastic Easter eggs would overcome the brown.

Today was a beautiful day - sunny and warm. I spent most of it hunched over paperwork and the computer screen finishing up the United Way application. But after 5 I was able to start working on my back yard a little bit. I hadn't even removed the dead plants from last year. The tomato cages were still in place, with the remains of tomatoes long gone with them. I pulled those out and managed to get a little bit of other stuff out.

The lemon balm is growing, the sage has some green on it, and some of the lavender is starting to come in, too. I am so eager to have fresh food growing in the back yard again. I love the early mornings in the summer. Nothing like going out in the back yard while the dew is still wet, and seeing what's happening in the garden.

I think I'm going to kill the grass in my back yard to make more room for garden. I hate mowing it anyway, and continually need more room for garden, so it seems like the perfect solution. I laid down a little bit of landscape cloth tonight in one small area. I was reminded I don't yet bend well for extended periods of time. But, I can just do a little bit at a time, and I'll get it done eventually. I think I'll start at the back, beside the garage, and work my way forward. That's the area that gets the most sun anyway. I also need to just spray round up on the grass/weed patch out by the alley. I think I'll spend this summer killing it and next year I can plant something there that doesn't require mowing. Is it time to mention again that I hate mowing? Apparently it is. I hate mowing.

There are so many things I need to get done around the house. For two months I didn't really do anything and things have piled up to say the least. But now that I'm feeling more normal I'm trying to do at least a couple of things in the house every day to get life back on an even keel. I still feel "scattered" and hope getting things a bit more under control will help that.
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Mia Denman said...

I've always wanted a yard that was basically nothing but low growing, spreading aromatic herbs... like thyme or something. Low maintenance, but pleasing to the eye & nose! Maybe Sharon the Garden Guru knows of something like that? ;)

Patsy Terrell said...

I agree completely. I was thinking today that little marigolds would be nice in the back where there's very little foot traffic... and they reseed themselves. But I'm sure there's a reason that's a bad idea. I thought about mint but it would spread to the neighbors and they wouldn't like that.