Spring, glorious spring! Out my living room window I see that the neighbour's tree is beginning to leaf out, their awn is mostly green, and next door to them, the ducks are back. I'm not sure why, but there is a pair of mallards who like to hang out in the front yard. I often see them as I'm pulling out of the driveway on my way to work in the morning. The other day, the female was perched up on the roof of another house.
The robins are back, the bunnies are mostly brown (and spend a lot of time chasing one another), and the garden centers are full of lovely green plants. It is still too cool at night here for any planting, but of course I couldn't resist. Besides I like to pick plants when they first hit the store...the staff aren't generally gardeners and watering seems to be forgotten within days.
This year, as I have in the past, selected mostly pinks and purples. I know my house has brick and oranges and yellows would likely match but I go with what I like.
For flowers I'm sticking with petunias and geraniums, and a few impatience, this year. I've tried dahlias, osteospermum, and begonias in the past with mixed results. This year, it's the KISS principle.
To complete the containers I've got several trailers, including ivy and sweet potato vine, plus calibrochoa (million bells). I haven't found any trailing verbena so might be doing a little more shopping.
I also picked up a couple of perennials for the front flower bed including a dianthus and some pink aruga bugleweed. I planted purple aruga last year - it didn't spread much so I'll add this for another variety. Also for the front bed, are nicotiana. While they prefer sun, my mom had great luck with them in a north bed so I try every year to replicate her success. It hasn't happened yet, but I keep trying.
I also brought home a lovely fuschia. It was the only one that had white, purple, and pink blooms so I couldn't resist. (It doesn't look that off against the brick, does it?)
The plant is already huge and makes a real impact in the garden. At this point, there is very little green in the flower bed, just the remains of the perennials that I cut back a week ago.
I can't recall what this is, as I've lost the tag - it's the first bit of green I've seen in the flower bed (so hopefully it isn't a weed!) The hostas are yet to make any kind of appearance, but the heart leaf bergenia is beginning to put out new leaves. I was reading through my garden journal and I note the aruga died over winter from 2016. Hmmm...wonder if I'll have better luck this year? Probably not.
The last basket I picked up is this Sun patience. I had these in my containers last year, but I don't recall they did very well. I'll try again this year with the hanging basket, though this particular spot doesn't get a whole lot of sun.
Frankly I do that a lot - I grow plants that are prefer part shade in the sun, and those that want full sun in part shade. Sometimes it works really well and sometimes it's just meh. But I've never lost an annual because of the where it was placed.
Our weather has been a bit cool this week, but warmer temperatures are on their way. Plus 28C by Monday! Of course, I'll be at work, but still. I plan to plant everything on the long weekend as it's unlikely we'll have frost after that. Though it has happened, I'll take my chances.
The patio furniture is out in both the front and back yards. It's a sunny day, so I plan to take the opportunity this afternoon to sit outside with a cold soft drink and my book. I'm currently reading a Karin Slaughter novel, about two sisters who witness their mother's murder as young teens. I've never read any of her books before and I have to force myself to put it down as the story line is very interesting and the story definitely doesn't follow a predictable script.
Oh, I learned yesterday that I'll likely have new neighbours by the fall. The young couple next door are moving to the States for work. The wife works for an American company and has been working from home since they moved here, I think about 6 years or so. She came out of the house yesterday carrying one of her cats. We got talking as she put the cat in the truck. Apparently they will be driving and they've started training the cats for the drive. She brought the other two out and put them in the truck as well, but didn't actually go for a drive. I guess sitting in the truck will get them accustomed to the vehicle, though I suspect once it starts moving they won't be very happy.
The house will be put up for sale at the end of the month. The listing price should help me determine what I might get for my home next year. Their house was listed at a lower price than mine when they bought a year or so after I did. They did re-do the driveway and basement floor but other than that I'm not aware of any renovations.
Speaking of renovations, my main and en-suite bathrooms will have the cabinets refaced in June. I've arranged for the tile to be removed, and the drywall skim coated for painting next week. I've got in touch with the plumber to unhook the current sinks, and ordered sinks and faucets on-line with delivery expected within 3 weeks. This was the hardest part as finding grey sinks is nearly impossible; they certainly are not available in local stores. I'll admit I've gone with the cheapest options - I'll only be here for another year or so, and the new owners may decide to totally renovate. I don't see the point in spending a bunch of money only to have someone else tear it out. Now, if I were staying here another 10 years I might reconsider...but probably not.
AND then there is this:
This was taken at my brother's house on the farm. Eli took his first steps two weeks ago tomorrow and every day his abilities have improved. D calls it muscle memory...I call it amazing. He rarely crawls now, can stand up from a seated position, and the only that stops him are stairs. His vocabulary is increasing as well, from mom, dad, Sasha, and his favorite uncle's name, he has added juice, done (well, actually un but I accept it), nana for banana, and Chase (a paw patrol puppy for the uninitiated). He has yet to settle on a name for Grandma but it is clear he loves me. He brings me books to read and loves a good cuddle.
Well, enough babble from me. Eli is busily destroying my living room and his mother is still sleeping.
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend everyone!