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Thursday, May 31, 2012
I'm so proud. We have rose bushes around our house that are bursting with blooms. I've seen the same thing all over town. Must be a good year for roses.  I know it's nothing I've done. Those same rose bushes have been weather-beaten and bone dry in years past--thus (does anybody say "thus" anymore?) reflecting my true hand at landscaping.

I'm all for watering at the start of the year, throwing on some mulch and forgetting about it the rest of the summer.  I don't mean to do that, it's just how it is. I don't think about it. I pass the living plants as I rummage through mail and they're all but clawing me with their thorns as I pass by, and still I don't notice.

So how do YOU stay on top of the whole summer landscaping thing? I know some of you are naturals. You like to play in the dirt and pull weeds. Your yards are beautiful and make me want to binge on chocolate.

Maybe I'll do like my mother did and plant fake flowers out front. Yes, she truly did that. Maybe that's where I inherited my landscaping skills . . .
Diann Hunt  
posted at 12:48 PM  
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At 1:51 PM, Blogger Rockin' Ruby said...

LOL! i dont really have the talent for landscaping either. my mom used to love to do it every summer but she got too busy in the ministry for that (she and my dad are Pastors). so now my brother in law or some guys from church do it for her cuz they know she loves flowers. one of the guys bought her a whole new garden last year and took the time to make plans and do it himself so that my mom could have a garden. it still looks great this year... it'll look better as soon as i pull some weeds though. lol.

At 3:12 PM, Blogger scrapgma said...

I absolutely love the feast for my eyes when I look out our windows. I absolutely hate working in the dirt (a real gardener would refer to it as soil, not dirt). But I have been blessed to have a husband who has had a part-time gardening service along with his teaching job. Love it!!! The best of both worlds.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Mary-Louise said...

Funny, funny, funny.

Although I enjoy playing in the dirt, my front yard is a postage stamp and I am away lots during the summer. Our growing season is also very short, so I don't do anything. I paid a guy to cut the hedge dividing our property.

As for the fake plastic flowers, no joke, my kids deliver the newspaper to a lady who does that. Every spring she puts a certain kind outside in the gravel, and every fall she puts another kind. I find it totally hilarious. She doesn't have to worry about anyone saying anything about her green thumb. That's for sure.

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I have the lazy person's guide to gardening memorized. We let the yard grow really high several times each spring, and when I see something that looks like it might become a volunteer tree instead of a week, I mark it and Mel mows around it. We are growing several unidentified trees in our yard this year, and some maples and sweetgum. I love it!

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

We're getting ready to get our yard done and I told the nursery, only low maintenance plants! I wish I liked gardening but I just don't. :(

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Sounds like many of you share my struggle with the whole landscaping thing. I sure do love flowers and pretty yards, though. Colleen, you are smart to go low-maintenance.

Cheryl, that's cool about identifying the trees!

Thanks for your comments!

At 12:33 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine said...

Wow, let me come and do your plant-picking! I love working on the part of planning it all, working on it--yeah, it's always been my thing.

When I first moved here, I was so angry about being here and it was so shady that I pretty much didn't know what to do. My last house I can still describe all the plants, perennials, herb garden, veggie garden, flowers, trees....and here I couldn't even put in a veggie garden. I've now lived here 16 years and I'm finally figuring it out.

But I can envision what should go where--if it's in Indiana, that is. Ha.

Denise, you need some hostas, coral bells and you're good to go. :)

Colleen's is going to be fun. I'd be like Christmas morning going to pick stuff out!

Diann, we should start an herb and vegetable garden for you....

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Ruth Smith said...

I start out strong in the spring with resolve to take good care of my flowers but the heat hits and I wilt along with the flowers. This is my first summer of not working outside the home, THUS I am determined to not let my geraniums get leggy and die of thirst. We'll see. The Knockout Roses have been beautiful here in Southern Indiana this year because of the mild winter and early spring we have had.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Ha! We're so alike. Except I don't plat things like roses. Nope, I go for the "don't touch me and I'll be fine" kind of plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, and day lilies. Around here, I don't even water. To live in my yard, they have to be self-sufficient. ;o)

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

I'm not an outdoorsy person. Give me a/c and fake flowers. I love to LOOK at the pretty flowers, but digging in the dirt to make them bloom is not going to happen. LOL My husband and daughter do this though and the outcome is usually beautiful.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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