Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Out and About

For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, I regularly post photos of what I see while I'm out walking. My neighbors have beautiful gardens which put me to shame. I've never been an avid gardener--I have a black thumb, although I try.

Last year I promised myself my yard wouldn't be the ugly one on the block anymore. It's neat, trim, tidy, but after surgery a few years ago when I wasn't able to get down on the ground, I stopped planting annuals. Year before last, I realized I WAS able to get back to the ground, and was kicking myself for not planting at least one veggie plant, so last year, I planted several. Aside from the ones I shared with the rabbits (they found my plants pretty quickly), I managed to grow some very delicious tomatoes. Funny fact, when I pulled the tomato plants at the end of the year, there was a rabbit living beneath one of them! I tugged and tugged and tugged, stopped to take a breath, tugged once more and dislodged my tenant, who went scampering off across the yard. 

This year, I'm trying to get ahead of the game. Instead of waiting for everyone else's gardens to bloom, at which time it will be too late to start my own, I've picked some perennials to plant, and some annuals, as well. My neighbors give me so many things to enjoy along my walk, it's time I returned the favor. 

Cross your fingers for me. Hoping my black thumb doesn't sabotage my plans!

Haven't killed my azalea yet!

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And while you're here, a quick reminder that the fourth Hillendale novel is available! I'd love it if you'd give it a read.


  1. Good luck with your gardening efforts. When we lived in Florida, the Hubster's philosophy was "if we can't eat it, it's not worth the space." We did have a few flowering plants, but given the south and central Florida hot, humid climates, there aren't many "flowers" that do well. Now that we're in the mountains, the climate is the opposite. Plus, our community has water restrictions. And we have deer. So, we 'landscape' with boulders and evergreens and wait for the wildflowers to do their thing. I know Hubster doesn't miss mowing lawns!

    1. You'll be excited to know (I'm sure!) that the plants I selected are deer resistant :-)

    2. The deer up here don't read the labels. Deer resistant means they'll eat other stuff first.