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I love spring. I love the sunshine and warmth, rain showers and wildflowers, and rivers that are warm enough to tube. I love that my kids have started waking up every morning, running to the window and proclaiming “Mom! It’s a beautiful day outside!” I love going to the nursery all energized for planting and having it be crowded as stink because everyone else is just as excited as I am. Granted, winters here in Texas aren’t exactly harsh, but this year was a little colder and crazier than normal. It actually froze…a lot. And you know how my heat and drought loving plants responded? They decided that life wasn’t worth living if it was going to be cold. I can’t say that I blame them, but since they decided to cry uncle my house looks a bit depressing this spring.
Oops, my kids are showing. So embarrassing.
I have a love/hate relationship with gardening and landscaping. I love it because I like to make things beautiful. When we first bought our house it was neglected, and it showed. There was no life or greenery around it, not even a single blade of grass. We completely changed the way our house looks just by adding landscaping. Making things beautiful isn’t my favorite thing about planting though… my favorite thing is how excited my boys are when a seed starts to sprout. It’s like Christmas morning to them when that seed produces its first vegetable….then it’s like Christmas morning for me when they actually eat that veggie.
Yard work definitely has its downsides though. Whenever I finish a project I like to stand back and admire it for a second, soaking it in and thinking to myself “enjoy it now because this is the best it is ever going to look.” (Sometimes I look in the mirror and think the same thing). It’s just a fact of life, things fall apart with time. Nowhere is that more true than with landscaping, it wins the award for quickest self-destruction. Is it too much to ask for things to stay pretty forever with zero effort on my part?
It must be, because my lush front porch has faded away, and its place is a depressing plant cemetery.
All those plants had made it through previous winters without a problem, but this one was just too much.
My side yard is celebrating its first birthday this spring…unfortunately time has not been good to her.
Then there’s the backyard, which didn’t fare much better. The garden needs a little TLC and a little seed action.
Those green onions are still going strong though…all lazy gardeners should plant green onions.
The back beds are growing plenty though…plenty of weeds. If weed farming was a profession I would set for life.
Suffice it to say that we have our work cut out for us this spring. I’m ready…though not nearly as ready as my boys. You’d think I offered to take them to Disney World or something with how pumped they are about getting some seeds in the ground. I’m also excited to be teaming up with Miracle-Gro again this year to make my afters look like my befores…and to produce lots of veggies that my kids might actually eat (or drink in smoothies if I get desperate and creative).
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