Before moving out here to the sticks, I was city dweller for almost a decade. Mama only had a 10′ x 10′ patch of land to keep alive, and I failed miserably. Everything was always half dead, but you hardly noticed because there was so little there. Now we have this huge lot (for a DC suburb) and I feel like others notice when things aren’t alive. I’ve resolved to make it look a little more pleasant this year, and we are off to a good start. There is actually grass seed coming up, and tulips that I put in the ground all the way last fall have found their way up. It’s a pretty amazing feeling. Gracie and I even planted a teeny-tiny Rosemary bush along our front walk this weekend. We thought it would fill out nicely and allow our company to be greeted with great smells as they approach our door.
My favorite tree this season is quickly becoming the Redbud. It’s completely beautiful, perfect for climbing, and gives great shade after the leaves come in. I will say, this neighborhood is not for the allergy-afflicted. I think we would be miserable right now if we weren’t immune to flowering trees.
Any other tips out there for some sunny beginner plantings that I can not kill and feel good about?
This weekend was filled with all sorts of girlie fun, including a spring dance at Grace’s school, a sleepover with her best neighborhood friend, and a family date night to the local yogurt shop. I didn’t get any great shots at the dance, as I was on the dance floor MORTIFYING my kid. She just doesn’t appreciate my smooth moves. Apparently the students I teach agree, as they would also have nothing to do with me. I snagged some shots of the girls creating acrylic paintings on scrap wood from the kitchen reno on Saturday. They have grand plans to sell their creations to save money for the American Heart Association. These girls mean business. When I asked if I could keep one, they informed me it was at least $20, and I shouldn’t low ball them because it’s for a good cause. Snuck a few shots at the shop, but my favorite was the last one. This is the face I got when I asked if I could finish her yogurt for her.
Clearly, she was not willing to share.
Hope everyone got out and enjoyed some sunshine this weekend!
We’ve had a couple glorious afternoons around here, and we have been taking every opportunity to get outside after school. I got a bunch of weeds pulled and tossed into our little homemade compost bin, and we have been rollerblading around the neighborhood like crazy. We were out yesterday until the sun came down, which created some nice chances to take some shots of the water. There aren’t many flowers or buds popping out this close to the water yet, but I have a feeling that in the next week or so we’ll be walking through daffodils.
What signs of spring are your favorites?