Saturday, May 30, 2009

Happy days

I think that everyone in Ohio gets depressed in late January through early March. The early spring is hopeful and happy, but late spring is just euphoric -- all the sun, everything bursting into deep green, the energizing storms, the birds.

I have been spending a lot of happy time in my garden. We don't have a big backyard, so I have just a few tomato and herb plants, but I have some nice big flowerbeds in front and have been reorganizing things there. This time last year, I was still working my Insane Job so I didn't have time to do much with the garden until late summer, when it's hot and there isn't as much you can plant. This year I dug out an ugly privet (just like at my old house) that was taking over an entire section of our flowerbed. I planted most of a flat of annual there, a few perennials, a spiky-flowered hydrangea, and an azalea that will get reddish-orange blossoms next spring. I wanted a rhododendron but they didn't have them at the first store I visited and I was concerned that I was spending too much money so I didn't go poking around. My husband also wanted a rhododendron because we both liked the one at the old house so much.

I work a nine-month contract so money for the summer was a worry this year. I am teaching a summer class, and am also doing some consulting, but that wasn't quite as much as I've been making up until now, even when we added in my husband's coaching pay. I was worried about whether we were going to be able to make all of our bills, but then we got a notice from our bank that we have a surplus in our home mortgage escrow account and will be getting a nice-sized check back soon. We got a small check from my parents for our anniversary, too, so I decided to go get a rhododendron after all. I planted it and now I feel like my garden is complete (until next year, at least, when I'll want a bunch of other things).

Now I just need a load of mulch and the time to spread it. I will probably take care of that after I get back from the consulting job next week. Once I get the beds mulched and give the plants a little time to fill in, I'll post photos. Unfortunately the rhododendron won't be in bloom again until next year -- it has some flowers but they're kind of faded.

2 comments:

  1. You sound like you really enjoyed working the dirt. Something very groundng about it (pun intended). Glad things are working out.

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  2. You are a gardening fool! Sounds like fun.

    I love how $ shows up when you need it. I'm waiting for mine to show up, any day now!

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