Basically, it's just a hot mess. Actually, after all the rain we've had, it's just a wet mess.
My mom is an awesome gardener. She doesn't do it anymore, but growing up we had HUGE gardens. The endless supply of yummy strawberries, fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas...you name it. Of course, when you have 6 maniacal children to feed, and it was the 70s ... that's what you did. I don't think I ever stepped foot in a fast-food restaurant until I was in high school and could walk to one for lunch. (Yay Mom!!)
Of course, at the time, that was grossly unfair and we were all being abused.
I frigging hate pulling weeds. (I realize no one actually loves doing that.) Maybe that's why I've utterly failed at gardening. It's all about the weeds. Memories of sweating, grumbling, pissing, and moaning ... and worst of all ... finding snakes.
And swearing I'll NEVER go back outside as long as I live.
I'm actually a tremendous gardener. In the privacy of my own mind. I read BHG, save copies of all their free gardening projects...
Anyway, I was dropping my pooch off at the groomer and I drove by a house where they were having a plant sale. Naturally I stopped, since I'm a plant/garden guru and thought perhaps I could give her some pointers.
It was like I walked into the Garden of Eden. This is the backyard of gardens I always knew I could do, if only I had the vision, the desire, and the stick-tuit-iveness.
I was slackjawed with drool dripping out of the corners of my mouth as I rushed back to the car to get my phone and snap some shots. This gal is the gardener I want to be when I grow up.
Everything is SO PERFECT!
Okay folks. My excuse(s) for the past 14 years:
- The house I live in is temporary
- The backyard is too tiny
- Whine, Whine, Whine
- Wine, Wine, Wine
- I'm too lazy
Any master-gardener-geniuses out there to give me some little-known nuggets of wisdom?
I do know I have to start slowly...One bed at a time...
OH! And since I never would have found this inspiration had it not been for Eddie's haircut, here you go! He's so stinkin cute!!