We spent all winter mapping out grand plans for our yard and gardens. We've now spent most of spring waiting for the weather to cooperate and let us actually plant some damn things. If it would just stop SNOWING, at least, or plummeting down to near-freezing temperatures every night. That would be a nice start.
On Saturday we had a rare burst of summer-like warmth and sun, and so we opened all the windows, dug out evertbody's shorts and t-shirts, then joined approximately 56,231,000 other Vitamin-D starved people buying ALL THE GREEN AND FLOWERY THINGS at the local Home Depot.
The Adventures of Zah In the Enchanted Forest Minivan
The kids all whined horrifically the entire time about the heat and the sun and the sweat and the my baaaaack hurts my leggggggs hurt I am too pale and video-game soft for such torrrrrrture. So once we got home and got everything unloaded and watered and debated ideal shrubbery placement all that, it was on the late side so we planned to wake up early on Sunday and get planting. Of course, by the time we got up it was grey and nasty and cold all over again. And then it starting raining, And the rain felt like sharp sting-y freezing needles.
We went inside and turned the heat back on.
So we now have about a dozen different tomato plants, double the blueberry and strawberry bushes, three fig trees, peas, beans, every herb we could think of, plus seeds for squash, cucumbers, melons, peppers, radish, beets and all sorts of lettuce. Plus azaleas and lots of new forsythia bushes for a little extra hot-tub privacy.
What we don't have, incidentally, is grass. As you can see from these photos from the grayest, gloomiest Easter egg hunt ever.
The patio construction project did a predictably number on the yard, and we keep seeding and straw-ing and watering to no avail, at least not yet. So it will be interesting to see if all our other attempts at growing things go any better.
(While househunting, we were sorely tempted by a house with a full-on horse barn and fruit/berry orchards on the property. And I feel like the fact that we almost convinced ourselves that oh yeah, This Could Totes Be the New Storch Family Lifestyle is why I think I can now grow anything and everything. Meanwhile, Poppy already ate one of the fig trees.)
Other futile endeavors to look out for this spring: Jason plans to tear down that old swingset and re-purpose some of it into a new treehouse for the boys. One time he forgot to use anchors while hanging an Ikea cabinet on the wall and it fell down and broke Ezra's play kitchen. Ezra has never fully forgiving or forgotten about that, but he's really super excited for a treehouse so he can form the first chapter of "Ezra's Everybody's Invited Club." WE SHALL SEE.