Saturday, May 3, 2014

Looking at the Little Things

It's spring (finally!!) and our daily world here has grown busier by the day, with work inside and out that demands attention that was left mostly abandoned during the long lasting winter.

The house inside begs for more light, uncovering the doors once blocked with layers of blankets to push back winter's cold.  Windows need a good washing, ceiling fans need a good once over, and the cleaning materials change to reflect a spring floral scent that remains once cleaning is done.  Warm comforters and blankets line up to take a turn in the washer before napping in a storage bin until the chill of fall.

Outside, we've been busily building and planting a new flower bed in the front of the house.  In this we've planted purple petunias, pink snapdragons, violas, echinacea in pink, chocolate mint, sweet mint, lavender, pineapple sage, italian oregano, lemon thyme, and encouraged a creeping myrtle that was already in that spot.  A pot of mini sunflowers has sprouted and will be ready to transfer into this bed for an added pop of yellow.  Other pots of chamomile and queen anne's lace are in the early stages of germination, with hopes of putting them in the back of the flower bed as well.

We've also transplanted peonies, creeping phlox, and echinacea, and have many irises left to divide.  We've discovered many daffodils, grape hyacinths, a small cactus, chives, and green onions as well.  This is a year of discovery for us, as we moved into this house in November, after everything had died off for the year.  It's been exciting to see what awaits us!

So far this year, we have many seeds out, many purchased starters, some perennials brought with us from our old home, and transplants given to us, alongside the bulbs and perennials already here.  To date we have:  citrus mint (times 4--mine brought over, plus 3 I found in a large area by the back door), spearmint, sweet mint, chocolate mint, lemon balm, rosemary, German thyme, lemon thyme, Italian oregano, Greek oregano, pineapple sage, regular sage, purple basil, sweet basil, borage, echinacea, chives, green onion, parsley, dill, black seeded simpson lettuce, spinach, queen anne's lace, chamomile, 18 inch sunflowers, mammoth russian sunflower, grape hyacinths, violas, lavender, snapdragons, creeping myrtle, creeping phlox, irises, daffodils, grape hyacinth, a hardy little cactus, marigolds, zinnias, and sweet williams, peonies, and a large yucca.  Some of the seed hasn't sprouted yet, but there's a lot that have so far.  Our yard is a regular city lot size, and things aren't necessarily all organized, as this is our first growing season here.  But, that's the fun part--figuring out what to do with what's here, moving things to suit a better growing spot, and present them all as a pretty grouping.  There's plenty of creeping thyme around, it's everywhere in the yard and large flower bed at the side of the house.  Purple dead nettle is extremely rampant here as well.

This is my favorite time of year, not too hot, not too cold, with new life turning green and sprouting.  I love seeing what God brings forth each season, and this year is no different!

What are you doing in your yard this spring?

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