Throw into that mix an unexpected turn of events that resulted in quite a few lengthy family discussions about the future of the store, followed by several major decisions and some "now or never" action that put landscaping on the back burner again. (I don't know if I could possibly be any more cryptic than that, even if I tried. Suffice it to say that the news is huge...at least for us...and we're really excited, but my SIL isn't ready for me to announce anything quite yet.)
While the rest of the family took care of the brake job yesterday, I decided to get in a little container gardening. Ever the optimist, I realize that we're only experiencing a temporary setback and that, even though the yard work isn't going exactly the way I had planned, it will get done. To that end, I filled a couple of galvanized planters from CB2 with all sorts of sun-loving plants. These are going to flank my west-facing front door just as soon as the sidewalk of large stepping stones and rock is in place.
I also ordered a few new daylilies, which will be planted between the driveway and the new woven wire fence/trellis my daughter and SIL just built. Also on the to-do/buy list: an outdoor rug, some patio furniture, a huge cantilever umbrella and more container gardening (galvanized containers full of herbs and tomatoes for my daughter, horsetail reed for beneath my windows).
|Galvanized planters from CB2|
filled with plants that will love the afternoon sun
All the daylily varieties I chose are evergreen (as opposed to the varieties that go dormant in the winter or only retain some of their leaves). Two of the three are re-bloomers and will flower a second time each season. If you're looking for a colorful perennial for your garden that is easy to grow and authentically "mid-century," I highly recommend these plants. My grandmother was an avid gardener, and daylilies were her claim to fame.
|Wounded Heart daylily|
|Gertrude Condon daylily|
Speaking of Grandsons #1 and #2...they have even joined in the landscaping fun, with a few colorful touches of their own beside the newly planted rosemary.
|Meet Mr. Owl and Miss Mushroom|
Hanging baskets of bougainvillea are doing well under the cedar overhang on the front of my house, and the trees that were just starting to put on leaves a month ago are lush and green.
|Galvanized planter for herbs, tomatoes and horsetail reed|
|The idea is to have one of the galvanized planters under each of my windows facing the patio,|
full of these horsetail reeds.
Between the two windows on the patio side of my house, we plan to build a vertical succulent garden, like this.
|OK, maybe not quite this ambitious...but you get the idea.|
I think we've finally agreed on this colorful outdoor rug for the patio. It will look great with my orange door and tie in equally well with their peacock blue living room, which opens onto the patio.
|Torn Paper rug|
My daughter plans to buy several simple stacking patio chairs that will hold up to whatever abuse the boys give them, and I've already ordered a rocking chair version in gray. The color of the umbrella is still up in the air, though I'd bet on orange or white.
You know, now that I list all the things we've decided on, as well as the things we've already accomplished, I think I'm already seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. And, as things worked out, it looks like we're going to be able to spend all day today in the yard. It pays to be an optimist.
Happy Mother's Day!