I didn't plant anything in the garden this year with the exception of one Sweet Annie plant tucked into the perennial herb raised bed. Otherwise, I hadn't planned on having many flowers around. The household budget needed to go elsewhere this spring. Then I received an unexpected gift from a friend, which I normally would use to make some pantry purchases but this time... I decided upon Beauty.
It took a couple weeks of choosing and planting and cleaning the deck of winter grime but now one can look out my deck windows or the window over the sink and see a garden. When anyone walks up to the porch, they see flowers and greenery. I don't know about the visitors but they cause me to smile.
As important as the pantry is, I believe we are also fed by nature. Sometimes I find it hard to put Beauty first in the budget, especially as I am always passing by inexpensive grocery store flowers which cost less than the one pound of ground beef in the basket. Every time I look outside, sit on the deck, or walk up to the porch... I am thankful to my friend and that decision to choose Beauty.
Below are some photos that I think are self explanatory. First the deck, then the front porch... and yes, I do live in and by a forest.
|The pots for the basil are rather small|
but I had them in the shed already.
This corner of the deck looks kind of sad but eventually the pineapple sage and bee balm will both grow huge!
View from the front porch. Not showing is the Boston fern, hanging in its usual place which is over your left shoulder if you are holding the camera.
We still need to fix the edging clipped by the mower!