How Does Your Garden Grow?

One of the drawbacks of living in New England is the RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF TIME it takes for us to get to the flower-growing part of spring. Most years I jump the gun by about a month and all my flowers end up dead by the first of May, thanks to a late (and by late I mean not at all late because it happens every damn year) frost.I convince myself it’s totally normal to have to hack through a layer of frozen earth to get my pansies in the ground and not being able to feel my fingers because they’re so cold is just one of the joys of gardening. I can be a very convincing delusional person when I want to be. Especially on someone as gullible as myself.

This year I managed to wait until Mother’s Day – the unofficial start of flower season – before I wasted spent any money at the local nursery. We’re going to be doing a lot of planting in a few weeks when we put in our patio (I hope you’re ready for a billion pictures of bricks and rocks! And listening to me complain about how tired I am of having dirt under my nails! And how much my back hurts! GOOD TIMES AHEAD!) so I stayed away from the gorgeous hanging baskets and containers and stuck to stuff I’ve been able to keep alive in the past. Nationwide tree relocation company EDI works with cities, companies, and individuals.

Some day, planting flowers will be a family activity on Mother’s Day, right after my husband brings me gourmet breakfast in bed and puts away all the laundry while the children play me songs on their violins and read poetry about how much I mean to them.

But until hell freezes over, I’ll settle for playing in the dirt with my kids.

She’s participating by supervising. This is also how I help do things like install tile and mow the lawn.

Hobo baby is BACK for 2011

Look, he’s helping! Just ignore that it’s taking both of my hands to keep him from stabbing that poor basil plant with the trowel.

Dirt flinging is part of gardening with toddlers. I just embraced it.

Wow, my flowers aren’t the only thing with roots in those photos huh? HEY-OH! Time to grab a box of Nice’n’Easy.

Pansies & verbena by the back door

Pots on the front steps. My color theme for this year is yellow and orange with purple accents. Yeah, my flowers have a THEME. SUCK IT MARTHA STEWART.

I’m trying herbs again – basil and thyme and chives – but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’ve killed more basil than I’ve eaten in my entire life.

Freshly watered…um…orange flowers. I was going to say zinnias but I don’t think that’s right. Clearly I am a master gardener.

We had a wonderful time outside – all of us – and it was a nice reminder that fresh air is available right here in our own back yard! I often think about going to the park for some sunshine but talk myself out of it because it involves the car and driving and people and strollers and a potential screaming fit when it’s time to go home. But walking ten feet from my couch to the back steps is so easy I can do it even when I’m too lazy too put on real pants. I really can’t wait until we get our patio built and some nice loungy furniture to relax on while Evan rips my garden apart.

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8 Responses to “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  1. Soccerbelle says:

    I believe your orange flowers are dahlia’s.

    • bebehblog says:

      Yes! You win! I *could* have gone outside and just read that off the little planter tag but I figured I’d let someone on the internet tell me. WELCOME TO 2011.

  2. TMae says:

    I agree with Soccerbelle – dahlias. And they’re so pretty!

    We roto-tilled a garden this weekend and I tried so hard to keep the toddler out of the nicely aerated dirt, and after about 15 attempts at, “NO, stay over here please” gave into “Life with a toddler.” (Heretoforth to be known as LWAT). And a dog, she was running through the garden too. SABOTAGE. That’s all this is. :-)

  3. Kelsey says:

    They beat me to it. – dahlias. Looks like a great start to your garden! Be sure to post progress photos as things warm up!

  4. Audrey says:

    Is that Creeping Jenny I see in the one pot? We have a ton of that in our yard. It’s so easy to keep alive here! How does it do in your part of the frozen north?

    • Audrey says:

      Also – I totally spent Mother’s Day doing the same thing..planting earlier than I know I should because we’re still a week off from our theoretical “last frost” date and I WANT TO PLANT DANGIT! :D

  5. Kimberly says:

    I love the dirt flinging! And I can’t wait to see the patio pics. We’ve been talking about doing a patio forever, but I don’t know if it will ever actually happen. This year we planted a crap load of perennials with the hope that we won’t have to do some much planting in the future. I really hope they don’t ALL die.

  6. molly says:

    Caroline is looking way too grown up in those photos. Tell her to stop it. Stop it right now.

    She must be a baby at all times.

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