Saturday, June 4, 2011
How Does Your Garden Grow?
I love flowers. I love plants. The trouble is, I do much better with the silk variety. I can't seem to keep the real ones alive for long. I love cut flowers and would love to have a lush garden full of gorgeous greenery but I don't have the patience to nurture a colorful landscape. I wish I did. I watch HGTV and have subscribed to Better Homes and Gardens magazine for years. Why can't I have a green thumb!?
Then I lost my shopping partner. My husband started mowing the lawn. I finally asked my daughter to go with me. She took a shower and I stood outside trying to visualize what I wanted to do on the small budget I had today. I froze. The thought of going to the shop and picking out just the right flowers to fill my containers and to dress up the front steps seemed daunting. Was I for real?! Was I truly nervous over shopping for flowers?!
We picked up five hanging baskets and then went to a nearby gardening center where I again choked. There were so many possibilities for my containers! I told my daughter what we needed--a few tall plants for the middle, some filler flowers, and some that would cascade over the pots. We saw several lovely options. But as we made our way around the greenhouses, I could feel my uneasiness growing. Could I please just have my full time gardener?! Charging it to my visa, I picked out three containers, already designed and planted. I told my daughter we'd spent enough money for today, that I'd come back and finish the job another day. I will go back. And this time I will conserve money and get creative. I've done it before. I'll do it again. I can do this! Maybe I'll even learn to relax and thoroughly enjoy the process of putting a pretty landscape together?! But in the meantime, it is looking rather colorful out there on the deck tonight. And my front steps and the three hanging baskets at the front of the house look incredible.
Now if only I can keep them all alive past the Fourth of July...Oh, let's be honest. If only I could win the lottery and get that full time gardener...