Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday – Garden Edition

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House not so beautiful…

Today’s Five Minute Friday theme is “Garden,” so I thought I would share my less-than-satisfying relationship with this activity called “gardening” or yard care…

That first picture is what I love to imagine my yard looking like.  A tranquil, beautiful space.  Useful, with touches of brilliance.  I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to “Yard Ideas”.  It has beautiful tablescapes, flowers, veggie gardens, etc.  My real yard, in August of last year, had a pile of random outdoor furniture, a toddler slide and weeds.  Lots and lots of weeds.  Oh, and there is always some dog poop mixed in as well.  The table in the picture actually doesn’t look bad.  My sister gave me that set when she got a new one and it is the nicest thing we have out there.  It is too large for where I would like to put it (somewhere near the back door, where grass used to grow until we had a blow up pool out there for too long this past summer and it died off), so I had to put it over where that lovely lawn decor shows in the background.

As I stated earlier in the week, I struggle with clutter.  Everywhere.  And it shows there in the backyard.  I have gotten rid of or put away a few of those things that were piled up back there.  But, the weeds are still ever present and dog poop piles up until someone gets around to picking it up.  The grass is still quite dead – the California drought is not helping it, I’m sure.  But, I think it will take some true green thumbing to get it to come back this summer.  So garden is something that I covet.  I want natural beauty in my yard.  I want to be able to string lights and entertain in our outdoor space (we have quite a large space – it would be great for entertaining if it didn’t look quite so disheveled).  But, I am lacking in focus and knowledge and green thumb.  I grew some zucchini a few summers back.  It was fun to watch them grow and Bean, who was only two at the time, loved to water them each morning.

June 2011 025

But alas, I haven’t grown much of anything since.  Well, other than a gigantic rosemary plant that really seems to survive and thrive no matter what.  The thing is huge.  If I could get all my plants to grow like that, my yard would be great.  But other plants seem to demand so much from me – water me, but not too much.  Sunlight, but only partial and some need it in the morning and some in the afternoon.  Special dirt.  Some sort of insect defense.  It is all just too much for me.

I am going to do my best to be better with the garden this summer though.  I am going to use my Pinterest board not only for dream material, but inspiration.  And I will act.  I will plant things.  I will dig in the dirt.  I will figure out where and when sun falls during the summer months and plant accordingly.  I will figure out how to reseed the grass.  I may even see about adding some grass to give Bean more space to play comfortably (most of our yard is covered in bark right now – not very comfortable for walking or sitting or enjoying the space).  I will have flowers.  I hope to have veggies.  I would love to have strawberries (just pinned a recycled pallet strawberry planter that I love).  I will string some lights.  I may even have some people over.  I will, I will, I will.

Now, if I can just convince myself…and not kill everything in sight…and not just collect a bunch of outdoor clutter along the way…so much responsibility.

This was part of Five Minute Friday.  Check it out over at Lisa Jo’s blog!
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