I know I promised a Hillary Clinton post before Monday and this isn't it. For that, I apologize. I only have one post in me tonight and I'm choosing to write about gardening rather than politics. Why gardening over politics? I'm sure you're eager to know. Well, writing about Hillary and her candidacy would require brain power and I am momentarily lacking that. (Note: For those of you who are thinking, "But Jessica, you NEVER have brain power" . . . keep that thought to yourself. You're not funny.)
Anyway, gardening requires zero brain power. Well, writing about it requires no brain power.
I spent my entire weekend in the garden and I'm so darn happy about that. Dawn until dusk, which came early thanks to daily thunderstorms. I got sweaty and dirty and I enjoyed it. I ache and it feels so good.
I am so proud to say that I have a gorgeous garden. For now, you'll have to take my word for it. I'll have pictures shortly. Honestly, there's not too much in bloom. The Irises have come and are on their way out, I think. What I'm really in love with about my garden is all the textures. And the overwhelming scent of Lavender.
As you'll recall, I started gardening this time last year for the first time. I planted almost exclusively all perennials plus some tomatoes. I can admit now that I was a bit disappointed with my garden last year. The plants remained small and I worried that they'd never grow.
But this year is a far different story. My Hastas are huge. Irises are fabulous - some yellow and some purple. The Lambs Ear spread so much I had to get rid of some of it. Two of the three Lavender bushes survived and flourished. The two Firewitch plants are amazing. The three Purple Sage bushes will be amazing. The Primrose plants are back and better than ever, as are the Day Lillies and Orchids. There are a few other returning plants that I've forgotten the names of.
New this year are: Bluebells, Yarrow and a Butterfly Bush. Plus another nameless plant. Additionally, the vegetable garden has grown significantly: 4 kinds of Tomatoes (Big Boy, Beefsteak, Roma, and Cherry), Banana Peppers, Garlic Chives, Peppermint, and Basil.
Weeding is still the bane of my existence, but I'm learning to become one with nature and have stopped freaking out about some bugs.
I think that I can finally say that my backyard is becoming the oasis I envisioned last year.