Friday, May 13, 2011

Lawn Maintenance

You know, I look out at my lawn and I think of all the things I would love to do. In my mind I can see the rose bushes, full of lush flowers. I mentally walk past the the beds with huge hydrangeas and sweet smelling lilacs...

And as long as I don't open my eyes I am good.

If I was making lots of money then I would hire a lawn care service. I wouldn't bat an eye. There was a time in my life that I would have thought that was cheating, that I should take care of my lawn and my cleaning duties myself but that was when I was an energetic and know-it-all 30 year old.
Nope, given half a chance I would fill my yard with large muscled, sweaty men whose sole life's purpose was to make my yard look the way I want it to. I'd have picket fences and shady trees, glorious rose bushes and beds of all kinds of annual flowers.

And I would sit on the veranda (I have one of those but currently it is full of tools, barn boots, a couple of scooters, and a grill) and sip lemonade.

I wrote an article entitled, Should I Hire a Lawn Care Service?  to try to help people get an idea if that was something that they wanted or needed. While I was researching it I learned something.

I learned that I want to hire someone to do my lawn maintenance.

image: SXC

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Time Warps and Flowering Shrubs

How did we get from April to May?

We have had some odd weather this spring and I have not gotten my garden in. This may seem like the two statements are related but they are not at all. Nope. I have been working and I have a hard time transitioning from one thing to another. This means that no matter how hard I try I can't seem to get out to the garden.

My roses are blooming beautifully. Flowering shrubs are favorites of mine because they really are usually pretty easy care once they are established. Many of them are difficult to grow in my area so I pretty much stick with roses.
However, despite the fact that I adore roses you can't eat them all the time. Sure, a few petals in a salad are great and you canmake rose hip jelly but as a general rule it is better to buy tomato plants, okra, and other good stuff.
And that is where I am floundering.
Time management skills do not come naturally to me.
So, have you planted your garden yet? Whatcha go growing?
image (c)2011 Marye Audet