Monday, April 13, 2015

In the Garden



My single Daffodil and the Peonies are arriving

So excited that my Hydrangea Bush survived!  This should be a blue hydrangea bush, it was an anniversary gift last year because it was our wedding flowers.


I have plans this year.  Plans that will hopefully keep us out of our house until around September.  Things to do around town and outside.

Henry is finally old enough to take part in more activities around town.  While I'm a big proponent of not over scheduling kids I've also been feeling the need for us to get out a little more, socialize with more than just whatever family is at the playground that day.  So we're signed up for afternoon nature days offered (free!!) from our local Children's Museum, and some nature classes at a Nature Center a little bit north of us.  There's soccer starting in a few weeks and hopefully a kids art class over the summer (both of these are an hour a week, for 6-8 weeks and don't over lap each other).  Our calendar is a little fuller, but not overwhelming.

Then there's the backyard, and oh do I have plans for it.  Of course I don't have ready funds to overhaul everything that needs it, but it's a slow process.  A little by little each year until it feels right.

This year it will be about expanding a few flower beds and getting some perennials in.  Next year, funds willing I think we'll need to tackle the drainage issue.  But for now it's all about flowers.  Last year when I let some of our broccoli go to seed I noticed that our bee population seemed to explode, in a good way.  Just lots of happy, fuzzy bumblebees and I looked around.  Except for our peonies our yard (and most yard around us) are really devoid of anything that would attract bees and pollinators.  Sure we have our share of hostas and things, but there's not much variety.

So this year I was determined to get a better variety of actual flowers in our yard, both because I love them and dream of going to my backyard for cuttings all through the summer, but also as a way to support our micro-ecosystem.

So my kitchen table is full of seed packets and notes on paper and plans.  I have an order of fall bulbs ready to be sent in for some beauty next spring and some frost hardy vegetables ready to get in the ground.  So I hope you'll excuse me for a little bit.  It's time to roll up my sleeves and get to it.

2 comments:

  1. I love peonies! They remind me of home :)

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  2. Oh I keep wishing we had peonies in our yard - they're my favorite :) I'm excited to see what you come up with! We're trying to get lots of planting done this week - I love this time of year!

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