Has anyone else noticed that the days are starting to get a little bit longer, and the temperature is a little warmer? I have noticed, and I really can't wait for it to get even warmer!! I have never been a fan of the winter months. It's usually about this time of year I start to think about the flowers I will put out around my home. I have great intentions and plenty of ideas pinned on Pinterest that would look great, but if I do even half of those, sometimes the hard part is keeping it all alive.
I try to plant things that are low maintenance, but let's face it; it gets hot in Alabama, and these poor flowers need water. I do well half the season and then the other half I slack off and let things die. I long for the day when I have a larger area to have a patio, perennials and overflowing containers with annuals….an outdoor sanctuary if you will. I suppose with another child due this summer; I shouldn't plan on doing too much with plants outside the house. Keeping my child alive is a little more priority than flowers.
When I lived at home, my sisters and I as well as our mom were the ones to get the yard work done. I do miss that sometimes.
When my husband and I married, he said: "You take care of the inside, I will handle the outside." Ha…ok. Ask him about the time I had to crank the weedeater for him. I will never let him forget about that!
I can count on one hand the times I've mowed our yard, but I don't mind getting out there and working. If there is anything my parents taught my sisters and myself – it is a strong work ethic. I find it rewarding to plant a flower and watch it grow. The same way I imagine growing your vegetables would be and bringing them in to cook a fresh meal. I envy those who can grow a beautiful vegetable garden when the best we've ever done is some pepper, tomato and okra plants. At least I think those halfway survived. Maybe I can brush up on my skills by the time we move and have room to have more of a garden. I think it's incredibly important to teach our children where our food comes from, and also to let them help out in the kitchen. I try to incorporate fruits and vegetables into what we eat. I think if we introduce those things to them at an early age, they will be more likely to eat those things and be less of a picky eater. That is another topic for another post.
Do you enjoy planting flowers or a garden? What is your favorite flower or plant? Do flowers and the outdoors make you happy or does it sound like too much work?
Holly is a Wife, Mother, & Business Manager.