This week I've been getting dirty again..........digging and planting, trimming and deadheading, raking and watering. Gardening can be divided into two distinct parts........the dirty, backbreaking, "wish I was doing something else" part, followed by the fun, pretty, creative "let's go shopping for plants and garden stuff" - in all honesty perhaps my favorite part!
Once cleaned up, with washed hair and lipstick ..............I headed first to a big box store (Lowe's) for the Boston ferns - because they had the best prices and freshest looking plants. These beauties were just $7.50 each are are annual additions to the font porch. Porch + ferns = Summertime outdoor living. I feed my ferns weekly and mist them almost daily, this keeps them healthy and fresh looking until the summer temps. hit the high 90's, then it's a struggle to keep anything lush and green.
As the finches have already built a nest in the jasmine climbing and twining around the porch post, laid three pretty blue eggs a week ago, and are now awaiting their new family, I'm hoping their relatives don't decide to move into the ferns.......which usually happens. I will chase them away if this occurs because they are very messy little birds and will destroy the hanging baskets.
While looking around Lowe's garden center I spied new cushions for the wicker chairs.....they really needed a spruce up. This style is a seat and back cushion all in one, reasonably priced at $24 ea. Love the paisley design and they reverse to stripes, the colors match everything, house paint, shutters......
........and porch knickknacks - yes I have a lot of those!
So, we're beginning to look clean and tidy on the home front again after traveling so far away. We've already been enjoying supper in the gazebo on these perfect nights - a big clean up job was needed there with a power washer and lots of scrubbing - and now we can sit on the front porch with a glass of wine as the pollen has gone and the chairs are cushy and clean!
Next I'll show you my interesting planting project from yesterday................involving soil, seeds, and a lot of fishing line!