The warm and friendly smiles of the talented British actor Richard Armitage portraying Harry Kennedy on The Vicar of Dibley in 2006 & 2007 start us off in June’s late Spring and early Summer season. Below is a new wallpaper that I made, which I have also installed at the top of my sidebar.
Sunny days, blue skies, cool breezes (for now), amid a verdant landscape of green leafy crops of corn and soy bean growing in the surrounding fields. I’ve always loved watching the crops grow over time—”the corn (stalks) should be knee high by the 4th of July” is the folksy phrase often heard around here.
And the unusually frequent rains we seem to be having also make everyone’s lawn grow long and lush—requiring twice weekly mowings, by my hubby, and everyone else in the neighborhood. So the constant vroom of lawn mowers tends to be a daily occurrence now. Ha! But the rebirth of our lawns after Winter’s chill is a welcome change.
But in our back yard, our deep purple lilac bush’s blossoms have already come and gone. They emerged a few weeks ago as our first real sign of Spring. Our flowering cherry tree also bloomed with white flowers against bright green leaves for a time, and now is working on the berries—which the many local birds will all enjoy.
So come the next several weekends, I will probably visit our local flower nurseries to make selections from among marigolds, begonias, geraniums, zinnias, chrysanthemums, daisies, pansies, phlox, impatiens, petunias, etc. I usually pick complementary colors—such as red, yellow, and purple—then look for flowers blooming in those colors as I mix and match them.
And I keep it simple (for watering) by planting these flowers all on our backyard deck off of our kitchen—in railing boxes (below left), hanging pots (below right), and ceramic pots here and there. However, I do have to avoid the sacred gas grill area on the deck, that is my hubby’s domain. Ha!
I don’t really have a green thumb, and I’m always surprised when flowers grow for me. Last year, in the dead of Winter, I received a lovely orchid plant as a gift—and I actually kept it alive in our home for 3 months! But I was way out of my depth in terms of delicate plant care. Ha! So when the orchid met its inevitable end–while snow was still on the ground–the stress of trying to keep that plant alive lifted for me. And I was beyond relieved, and felt that I had tried my best. But then the COVID 19 pandemic hit. And I half wondered if it was orchid karma. No ha.
My late dad had always created and tended our beautiful flowerbeds and bushes in the home that I grew up in. Gardening was his passion—though he was an engineer by training and profession. And I enjoyed his flower gardening efforts, especially the colorful irises and gladiolas—as well as roses, peonies and lilacs. And inside the house I grew up in, he had a rubber tree that eventually had to be gifted to our local library when it exceeded the ceiling heights in our home, and other smaller plants that he nurtured for decades. So my apple that fell off his tree didn’t inherit his gardening gene. But maybe with my meager gardening forays in our home—on the deck in Spring and Summer–I’m trying to recreate a bit of the beauty in nature that I have always appreciated.
And as my plantings progress, I will share some pictures in the future. In the meantime, below are a few pictures of deck pots plantings that I have done in past years: