How Does Your Garden Grow?

Quite contrary, I would have to say, at least that is how my garden has grown in the past. I am hoping that this year will be different. To be honest, it always starts out well. I love to garden in the spring, and Kahlua is happy with how things look. I finally got a great picture of her. Have you ever seen such a happy dog. It is hard to believe that merely a year ago she was on the brink of death.

lulu bouncing

Last week was busy. It was wonderful having Angela staying with us, but between work and social events with our Rwandan guests, Douglas and I did not have time to do many things around the house. On Saturday, we had a special dinner for our last dinner all together. It is great to form friendships with people from around the world.

Dinner with Rwandan guests

It was hard to say good-bye to everyone on Sunday morning. I hope that we are able to visit Rwanda someday soon.

Angela and Jessica

After taking leave of our Rwandan visitors, Douglas and I went to the nursery and Home Depot to buy some things for the garden. One thing that we had planned to buy, we did not have to. On Saturday morning, Douglas mentioned to Angela and I that we needed a couple more bins for yard work and recycling. That afternoon, we visited the Goodwill store so that Angela could buy some things to take back to Rwanda, and what did I find? Two bins! Exactly the kind that Douglas was planning to buy and for much cheaper than he would have paid. There are great forces at work in this world.

buckets

We got right to work when we got home. Douglas started taking out the bush in the backyard. That bush has been my nemesis since we moved in. It is a pricker bush, and it attacks me regularly.

doug & bush

I will miss the screen between our yard and the neighbor’s patio, but it only blocks the view in the summer since it is not an evergreen.

doug cutting bush

I am happy to see it go. We will put a privet hedge there in the next couple of weeks. First, Douglas is going to have to get the stump out.

stump

I did some pruning, raking and other basic cleaning of the yard and garden beds. I also did some planting.

jess & flowers

Normally, I plant only perennials, but I broke down this year and bought some annuals. I do appreciate their longer lasting color.

jess & flowers

I wanted to get more done, but it was dark before I knew it. Once again, I need to have patience.

Happy Homemaking!

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I am a teacher, traveler, artist, writer, homemaker and a whole lot more. In January 2009, I bought the Cape of Dreams. It was the second house that I had ever owned, but it was the first that I bought by myself. I now live in the house with my husband Douglas, our dog Kahlua, and Crème de Menthe, the cat. Because, what life is complete without a little Kahlua and Cream? I love arts and crafts of all kinds, and I refinish furniture as well. We are slowly redoing our entire house. You can read about my projects on my blog www.CapeofDreams.com

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5 comments on “How Does Your Garden Grow?
  1. D'Arcy H says:

    You are inspiring me to tackle my out-of-control gardens, but all I see in the forecast is rain, rain, rain. I’m going to try to count the dandelions as I dig them out.

    I just read Kahlua’s touching story. She is such a sweet girl, and so lucky she to have found you for her family! You and Douglas are great pet parents. I have rescued three boxers (I grew up with boxers), and Eric and I currently have six rescued cats, plus a handful of “porch kitties,” strays that we feed (and sometimes neuter … and adopt). You are so right, a house is not a home without the fur kids!!

    • Haha. You like everyone else pull your dandelions out. I love dandelions. I don’t knot why, but they are such a cheery color and such fighter. My neighbors must hate me.

      I am so glad that Kahlua has turned around. It is so nice to see her happy these days. Adopted fur babies are the best!

      • D'Arcy H says:

        Wow, believe it or not, I am just now drafting a post about dandelions, wondering why they aren’t more respectd! It would be so much easier if everyone loved them! 🙂

  2. Stacey says:

    Working in the yard is by far my most favorite thing around the house. It’s a project you can complete and have look amazing by the end of the day. I can’t think of any other project around my house that gives me those kind of timely result. ugh! Your flowers look so pretty!!!

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