It’s a beautiful April morning, and I should really be outside working on some spring clean-up and outdoor chores. I’m lacking motivation, however. Maybe it has something to do with the 2 a.m. wake-up call from Lulu Grace, who came down with a stomach bug. Nothing like washing sheets and her comforter in the middle of the night, let alone bathing a pukey rugrat! So here I sit with my morning coffee, organizing my thoughts, and hoping that if I think long enough about yardwork it will be done through the power of my mind. Kind of like in Sleeping Beauty, where the mops and brooms dance around the house by themselves.
I actually love flowers, the outdoors (minus the bugs), and the feeling of satisfaction that a long day of work brings. I am a notorious starter of projects. It’s the end I have trouble with! As my husband will adamantly attest to, I am always so excited to begin gardening in May, but by the time June hits I just want to be at the beach!
So I am trying to become a more effective and efficient gardner this year. It may have taken 40 years, but I am finally beginning to understand the benefits of perennials! 🙂 I began planning about six weeks ago. My planning includes developing a theme for my yard. Can you guess? Yep, our theme is going to be ‘Trash to Treasure.’ Over the coming weeks, I will post updates and photos of work completed as we go along.
I am going to break the yard down into zones. Each zone has to have a purpose if I am going to be spending my time on gardening in it! As much as I LOVE to plant, I HATE to weed. So we will have a play zone, a water zone, a meditation zone, and a food zone.
This area is traditionally where we grow veggies and herbs. We also grow sunflowers here. It’s always a fun area, where Lulu Grace and I splash in the kiddie pool, Queenie catches some rays, and we play with our beloved chocolate lab, Junior. So this will be our play zone and food zone combined.
Our water zone is our Lulu Pond, which I created when I was pregnant with Lulu Grace. April and Queenie helped me dig the hole. It was a lot of fun and has brought us a lot of joy over the years. We watch the birds take their baths here, host frogs all summer long, and love to sit on the front porch and listen to the fountain. Yes, putting the fountain in is one more of those chores that I need to get done today!
I think this is the area that I want to use for a meditation zone. Lulu Grace calls this her tree house and hides under its long, overhanging branches throughout the summer. When the leaves fill in, it casts a green glow to this splendid little hideaway, where you can watch a whole insect world come to life. It is a great place to just sit and watch the world go by.
Unfortunately, I peeked outside and there are no rakes or shovels dancing around my yard. I guess that means it’s time to get moving, but that’s okay. After laying out my plans, I am suddenly feeling motivated. Thanks for the push.