Listen, I have already acknowledged that you win as far as agriculture and plant production goes. So it's sort of silly for you to be rubbing my nose in it with all your flower pictures. My small brown scruffy yard cannot compare. Must I remind you that I live in America's most livable city, that we are always featured in hip architecture and lifestyle magazines for our arty sensibility and our good restaurants? If we were forever smelling our flowers and sitting in the sun, how could we get anything done? We PREFER our late spring. I am GLAD we have another month before frost danger is over.
We bought this house in the winter, and we never saw the yard without snow. We live right downtown, on a hill, and the backyard is a secret surprise. (Since we moved here I have become very snoopy, peeking whenever I can to catch a glimpse of other city backyards -- there are some unexpected hidden treasures here in the West End.) It's small but private and we are interested to see what the shoots peeking up will unfurl themselves to become. Here are some pictures of the yard as it is. Want to redesign it for us?
We planted herbs and pansies into containers yesterday, and spent some time sitting in our green chairs speculating about what we might do in the yard. I think it makes some sense to live in it for a summer before we start making big changes. We need to see how the sun moves and where we like to sit in the evenings and what's already planted. Also, of course, waiting and watching is much more pleasant than hauling around lots of rocks and mulch. I like the idea of gardening much more than I actually like gardening. Containers and window boxes are just about right for me. My morning glory and nasturtium seeds are sitting in packets, waiting until it is warm enough to plant them outside. That's my summer gardening plan. When you move here, I would be happy to sit in one of the green chairs reading a book and talking now and then to you while you work in the yard. I will make a pitcher of iced tea and pour you a glass and invite you to sit down and rest now and then.