So we did something this past week that I thought I hated, but I totally loved it. If you were to mention gardening to me, I would most likely explain to you how much I truly detest gardening. And then I would go on to explain that in my little cul-de-sac are 3 homes on the garden tour. One of them being my lovely next door neighbour. The first summer we lived here, her and I were chatting in the front yard and she recommended that I take a walk around the neighbourhood and notice what other people had planted so that I would have some ideas for my own yard the following year.
No pressure there. None.
Actually she is very sweet and understanding about my lack of gardening. I am the only one in the neighbourhood with small children. One can't really expect the perpetually pregnant woman to keep be spending a ton of time in the garden. We do mow the grass fairly often and there was some basic landscaping done by the previous owners. Tons of flower beds, that thankfully had some perennials in them. Because that is all they have had in them since.
My husband's idea of gardening has been to watch me weed in the sun for hours, and getting the boys to help me occasionally. And digging up flowerbeds and filling them in with sod.
Not so much fun for me.
This spring though, if you remember, I am supposed to be taking it easy. I can't spend hours weeding and my perennials that have needed pruning for 3 years required the use of the big shovel. I am not supposed to be doing that kind of stuff. So my husband stepped up this week. We went to the garden centre and filled our cart with some new perennials, some annuals, and some herbs to put in hanging boxes on my deck.
Brent dug up those enormous lilies in the front, weeded and turned soil. He hung up my deck boxes and filled them with soil. And then we all worked together to plant all of our flowers. It was so much fun! Everyone had a job, my Monkey boy really enjoyed all the watering he got to do. I don't think The Boy was quite as excited about his job though. He got to do some of the tough weeding, like along the fence line in very hard soil. But he didn't complain.
I completely enjoyed myself. Even getting completely covered in dirt. ( I so do not like getting dirty!) All the kids keep asking if we can garden again today. Poor Monkey boy, it has rained every night, so he hasn't been allowed to water. He really wants to water!
When the sun comes out and perks up my plantings I will have to take some photos. There is still a lot of yard work to do, especially trimming of bushes and hedges, and restaining the deck. But I am actually starting to like my yard.
I think that I loved it because we were all working together, enjoying one another and the sunshine and some good, clean, dirty fun.