It’s Springtime. Here that means warm, nice sunny, 70′s temperature. Sometimes. Cold, 40′s rainy, occasional attempts at snowing. Sometimes in the same day. This morning it is warm, the wind is blowing a little. Sunny. I am having coffee on the patio. Tutivillus is having coffee with me. We are on the laptops, reading the internets. It is very nice and relaxing. Soon, I will start weeding. And planting. I don’t care for weeding. Weeds are not fun, especially when they come right back! I do love planting though. I have vegetables to plant. The fruit is starting to blossom already, they have been planted in previous years. Raspberries are taking over where strawberries once were planted. A few lone strawberries amongst the raspberries. Goosberries and blueberries are still too young for much fruit. They were the recent additions. I have many vegetables to plant. The vegetable garden is small. Holds tomatoes and five varieties of peppers. The rest, amongst the flowers. Squash, two varieties, cucumbers, zucchini and asparagus. Apples, peaches and grapes round out the harvest. I love fresh fruit and vegetables. Herbs are in pots, except the mint. This was put in a difficult to get anything to grow ares. It has taken off, and tries to spread out of its contained area! Several times a year I have a BBQ, the only store boughten items on the menu is the meat and condiments. Mojitos are the drink of choice planned for this year.
Yes, my favorite time of year. The planting and harvesting of fruits and vegetables and watching them grow. I love flowers too. Peonies, clematis and bleeding hearts. Carnations are difficult to grow in this climate. They do well for a year or two, then die off. I pulled them out last fall. Need to get more. The clematis is my favorite. The dark purple color and the climbing vine is very pretty. I had several bushes of them at my previous house. This house I bought four and a half years ago. I haven’t been able to get any to grow here. I am planting three of them today. Hopefully they will take! As much as I love to watch everything grow, I tolerate weeding, but I hate mowing the lawn. I do it because I like the look of it, but I grumble. I have planned on getting a lawn boy every year and never do. This year, a casual conversation with a coworker, now I have a lawnboy. He called me Maam. He mows pretty patterns in the lawn. Worries it is done well enough to my satisfaction. Yes, never should have put off getting a lawnboy!