Saturday, April 9, 2011

Flowers in Bloom

It's been sunny every day this week.  I'm talkin' blue skies, no clouds, giant sun ball every sin-gle day.  Halleluia!

Today we got up at 7:00 because Luis had to be at the stadium around 7:40 and having only one car, I had to take him. 

Why is it that almost every day of the week, when I could technically sleep in, I am "up and at 'em" by 7:00 and yet the days when I have to be up early I somehow am hit with the sudden urge to sleep?  

Yesterday, I could have slept till noon if I wanted.  And yet, I found it extremely difficult to not be awake at 6:30.  Today, when my alarm went off at 7:00, it was soooo hard to get up.  Why does my body play such cruel tricks on me?

 Anyway, I took Luis to the stadium, came back, did some stuff for a bit, had every intention to do some intense cleaning i.e. windows today, and then somewhere between breakfast and my daily quiet time with the Lord I found myself extremely tired.  So I just laid down for a few minutes...and woke up an hour later, just before noon!

Then I was groggy and totally unmotivated and had every intention then to just be lazy the rest of the day.  But then my landlord called and asked if I could move our car so that they could do some planting in our newly renovated parking/courtyard area so I dragged my booty out of the bed and outside and suddenly I was struck with the urge to do something. 

Not clean windows.  No, no. I was over that goal for the day.  I had a sudden desire to plant something.  You guys, I have never planted anything in my life.  Except for a basil plant once that died.  But somehow between the sun and the feeling of spring and seeing my landlords putting new life around our apartment building I got inspired!

And so I purchased Hydrangeas.  

Hydrangeas always make me think of my Nana Banana (Hi Nana!) because she has them on her back porch.  Isn't she cute?

I also purchased Alpenrose.  Is that just the German name?  I had never heard of them but I fell in love the moment I saw them! 

And the daisies!

"They're so friendly. Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?"  Name that movie.  Anyone?

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And I've got an herb garden.  Or at least some herbs in some pots.  

I'm not sure which number basil plant this is but I have a good feeling about this one.  You see, I have had 3 failed basil plants and 1 that almost made it!

My first plant, I sort of forgot about and he died.  The second one, I just left in it's original little planter and he too died.  The third one, I googled "How to keep a basil plant alive" and learned that basil plants need to be in a good sized pot with plenty of drainage.

And so I replanted the third one in a bigger pot with good drainage and boy oh boy did he grow!  But then I went on vacation and unfortunately its caretaker didn't show #3 the same love and affection as I did.

I did all that I could to bring him back to life but alas he was gone.  So I bought a fourth one.  I think it was too soon after the third one.  I may have still been grieving the loss because I could not find any motivation to replant him in the bigger pot.  

Perhaps also because it was February and freezing on the porch.  Needless to say, #4 died too.

And so here we are, #5, my go to jersey number back in my softball days.  Along with some parsley and marjoram.  

I'm feeling pretty good about this.  I think these three little guys may grow to live good, long lives together, adding flavor to many, many dishes to come.

As far as the flowers go...

I'm still a little concerned about my botany skills...or lack there of. But I sure have enjoyed looking out and seeing some color on my porch so however long they last, I think they were well worth the euros and effort.


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I have tulips just about ready to open, which means we will miss them while we're gone. I will have geraniums when we get back as I am buying them through ARCA - organization that helps people with special needs. It's still too cold for much up here in the high country.
Who was that woman with the puffy eyes in your blog - yikes, she's scarey.

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