Since we’ve spent eight of the last 12 days out of town and our last weekend getaway was cut short by the stomach flu, we haven’t done a lot with the garden lately.
But I did take a critical look at our entry the other day, and didn’t like what I saw. The pots filled with colorful tulips and daffodils from last spring now sit abandoned around the planters full of dirt and a smattering of weeds. That’s not anyone’s idea of attractive. All it took was a few minutes to gather up the offending pots and other bits of weirdness that seem to gather unnoticed around the front door.
Just clearing away the clutter lightens up the space. Baby Girl has it on her to do list to plant those bulbs this week.
Another frightening area was the side yard just past the girls’ wing. It’s right next to the tell, almost there but not quite. It’s home to all of those things you just don’t know what to do with, but you really might need some day. So you toss them over there until they’re totally useless and you throw them into the trash or the tell.
Now that all the meters are in for the solar, and we don’t have any workmen coming, I decided to tidy things up with the help of Baby Girl. By moving the potting bench against the house, sorting pots, and throwing out odd bits and pieces, we ended up with a fairly neat little area.
Once Baby Girl plants those bulbs, I’ll have the perfect place to pot up our Russian sage seedlings. All the lumber went into a pile behind an old swing set support along with the pallet the stone garden kits came on.
It’s not my lumber, so I’m careful not to be throwing it out willy-nilly. That way the MR and I don’t end up fighting, because I got rid of junk that was actually really important. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I truly believe ugliness eats at your soul. Just picking up and organizing makes the side yard so much easier on the eyes.
Speaking of the MR, while I was laid up on the couch, he was watering the plants, pruning the driveway, and checking on the garden. Before we left for the Oregon coast last week, he added a layer of chicken wire to the fencing around the vegetable garden. So far so good, I do believe we’ve won the war of the rabbits. Of course, I’ve said that before. Let’s wait until next week to see if lettuce can really grow in those fancy stone garden beds and if my beets are truly gone for good. At least most of the beans now have leaves. Things are moving in the right direction.
Do you have a pile of weirdness in your side yard that you just don’t look at? I was amazed how quickly we went from ugly to presentable with a little organizing.