“ To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
It is warming up here in Arizona. Last year was the hottest year on record for us here in Arizona. Think I brought that up in an earlier post…can you tell I am worried.
I hope we don’t have another year like that. Everyone around our neighborhood is trying to get their gardens all cleaned up and ready for those horrible summer months, when we all are basically sunned in.
This month I worked on finishing up a cacti garden. It is like the mother’s day aloe garden my kids made for me a few years ago but much smaller.
Cacti are not so fun to work with when planting out in the garden. I got pretty beaten up that day even though I was very careful. I know how to be extra careful around cacti, having grown up with them everywhere in my life, but it doesn’t matter. They still find a way to bite you. Those suckers have gnarly teeth.
I am preparing my garden for another hot summer and cacti are hardy planets for our dry climate here. I want there to be some sort of life and green for the summer so lets hope all this work pays off.
I also did some repainting around the garden, making it pretty with green paint and colorful stenciled flowers which I know my summer garden will be missing when the heat hits. If you live in a dry climate, adding color through decor and paint is a pretty way to make your garden a more pleasing area to spend time in. In hot states, we have to get up very early to enjoy outside time.
Cleaned up and decorated the glass door table my husband made me a couple years ago. I had it covered from the Winter rain showers.
This is my favorite repurposed piece of furniture that my husband has made for me. And wouldn’t you know it, once uncovered we would get rain. Oh but I did love waking up to a rainstorm that morning. I hung up banners to add some whimsical to the garden.
I spent a couple days cleaning up our large storage racks. We don’t have a garage in this home here in the city. Our back garden shelves were being used as a garage. There is no storage in these old homes from the 1950’s. They are made to last but there is no storage. Back in those days they didn’t have shopping hauls, credit card debt, or online easy convenient shopping. Our Little Red House up north which was built in the 1940’s, has even less storage. Guess in the country there was even less to buy and store away.
These racks look pretty inside too. You can spray paint the metal any color and add stained pallet boards as shelving. It would make an interesting library shelf in a home. We have four of these large racks and two are outside and two are in our tiny little pantry by the kitchen.
I still need to hang up my butterfly solar lights. For now my husband hung them up on some trees we moved to the other side of the garden. He has a funny way of hanging lights, he drapes them over things. I am more of the straight hanging type. I walked past this and laughed. My husband wants to design a giant ball of tangled Christmas lights with a sign that says, “ There I put out the lights.”
I worked on a pretty Spring wreath for our Easter brunch in the garden. Easter brunch in the garden is a tradition I like to do every year. I will wake up and make my Nana’s Swedish omelet and some home made biscuits with some wild berry jam.
The chickens are getting bigger and fast. These new chickens of ours are too young to lay eggs . We only have two egg layers right now, so two eggs a day is all we have been getting.
I was able to get rid of some damaged items in my garden but decided to keep a large old basket that I wired up onto the gazebo brace. My husband’s aunt gave this basket to me when she moved back to Europe a few years back. The little pots were repurposed pots that plants from the nursery came in. I decoupaged some pretty fabrics to them to add some Spring colors to my garden.
Bought some more seeds and planted lettuce, radish, bulbs and some daisies. Everything so far is coming in nicely.
Okay, this will be weird to some of you out there but little seedlings are so amazing to me. How they grow, the colors, and shapes. I love watching baby plants spring to life. Welcome to earth little plants.
Soon these Sunflowers will have bright yellow colors to add to their green.
Sunflowers are some of my favorite flowers.
I am a little disappointed in my strawberries. So sad, I only got two strawberries. Still enough to share though.
And here are our new flowers this month.
One morning while out grocery shopping, I would come across a red watering can. My husband thought it was so funny how excited I was to show him my little watering can. How silly it was to be happy about a watering can. Just those simply things like that are enough to add some cheer to our lives. We all need to learn to appreciate the little things. I have never had a tin watering can.
I am using it for all those tiny seedlings of mine. I’m also using it on my tiny Springtime gardens I design every year. They are perfect for table center pieces. They last a lot longer then a floral bouquet and I have so much fun making them. I will have to do a more detailed and separate post of these tiny gardens for you all, maybe next month.
Something new to our garden besides that red watering can is this hummingbird feeder my husband picked up the other day. I came home with a watering can and he came home one day with three hummingbird feeders. The hummingbirds were flying down into our faces complaining to us. I told my husband that they were complaining to me because I am always feeding the sparrows and doves but “ What about us.” They were flying down into my face, but not in an aggressive way, just checking me out closely I guess. Maybe they thought I was food. More then likely there is a nest somewhere close. Now we watch them eating along with the other birds. They are very happy.
I repainted and cleaned up the old birdcage in the garden. Just something different to add to the decor. Even if you only have a small spot in the city, you can still have a garden. Just add a couple pots of plants and some fun garden decor to bring nature into your lives. Even a tiny mini garden like the one I made up above is enough to add some nature cheer to your lives.
Nothing has happened with the lizard eggs I found last month in my garden clean up, maybe they won’t hatch. I will keep you updated if something happens. So far it isn’t looking good. I looked it up and read online that lizard eggs can take several weeks to several months to hatch depending on the breed. That’s it this month. Happy gardening adventures everyone.