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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Focus Tighter to Enjoy Your Front Yard

Our house is a fixer upper, in the extreme. Currently, there's no front porch, so we're using the kitchen door (conveniently also on the front of the house) until such time as Mark gets the porch built. I'm not sure where on the list it falls, but it's pretty low priority as far as I'm concerned.

I know we're a candidate for Desperate Landscapes, but I mostly just shrug it off. We've got big plans. And plans take time and money. Our neighbors will just have to be patient for a few years.

Occasionally, though, I have to look for the bright side. My mom has been very generous with her perennials. She divides most springs, and she gives me plant halves of almost everything. In three springs, I've acquired some nice flower beds. I've added hostas, day lilies, primrose, purple sage, and iris to the property, all visible from the street. June is the best month for my perennial gardens, and this is how I get through the ugly rest of the year:

The crazy-ass rose bush by the kitchen door.

My great-grandmother's primroses, many generations later.


So, I just have to focus in on the small beauty, and let my vision glaze over the powder blue vinyl, the rock debris piles, the tarped siding, the encroaching weeds, and the porchless front door. I know it will all come together one of these days.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you like some hostas? I keep trying to thin mine out, and since no one wanted them I have been throwing them away.

6/16/08, 6:07 PM  
Blogger brushfiremedia said...

Nice! I'm enjoying our Peonies right now....

6/17/08, 6:44 PM  

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