Monday, March 29, 2010

I Am Going Out to See What I Can Sow

The first flowers blooming in my new yard.

After my run tonight, I surveyed the side and backyard to check for flowers. I have no idea what's planted around, but today I saw evidence of daffodils, more Irises and possibly even some tulips. I'm excited to watch everything bloom. I think I've already mentioned that I want to do some English type gardens in my backyard. It will take me a couple of years to get them where I want them, but I'm planning on getting a good start this year. Right now I have Gladiola, Canna lilies, Dahlia and Oriental lily bulbs ready to plant. I'm also going to plant snap dragons, ditch lilies, lavender and every kind of daisy I can get my hands on. Feel free to give me suggestions for your favorite flowers too. I'm up for anything.

Stinky was notified that she got a new job at the Hy-Vee about 4 blocks from our house. Yippee! She has orientation tomorrow, so we ran to the mall tonight to get black pants and a white collared shirt. She's also supposed to wear either a broach or a tie, we think. They didn't go over the dress code with her, so we're waiting until they do, since I am not the kind of person who owns a broach or a tie.

I started reading Cormac McCarthy's Child of God this weekend. It's a very short book, so I'm almost done, but it is so dark and intense. I think if it were much longer I might have some kind of soul crisis. Sure, I'm crusty on the outside, but like most of us crusty people, I'm actually pretty damn sensitive on the inside. So, even just reading about someone so unhappy and depraved can shake me up quite a bit. It's an amazing author that can take you to that place, though. I'll have to read something a little more upbeat next.


rel said...

Although, overall, autumn is my favorite season, the flowers of spring are a welcome sight after the dreary days of late winter. It's like sunshine to people with light deprivation: SAD
Daffodils, lots of daffodils, a tide of daffodils, jnquils, narcissus.........

Tara said...

Hey, congratulations to Stinky on getting a new job!

I would prefer a broach over a tie, so I hope they're not too hell bent on her wearing a tie.

Pamela said...

My you just barrel through books!

SkylersDad said...

I don't have many ties, but have an awesome broach collection! ;^)

Leo said...

I learned to go with perennials--the are more cost effective in the long run. Good time to buy is mid to late summer when they are on sale. You can pick up some good bargains. They might not look as good the this year--you know how plants that have been in the greenhouses get towards the middle of summer, but they will come back great next year.

Ananda girl said...

I love the way that wood hyacenth smell! (Excuse my spelling!) What fun to watch what pops out of the ground. I'm sort of doing that too right now... learning what is where and seeing what stays or goes.

Congratulations to Stinky on her new job! Tie or broach... at least it's not a chicken suit. Ha. The things employers come up with that they think look nice!

Not Fainthearted said...

I love hyacinth! they smell so great.

Chamomille is a great perennial that looks like a daisey - and has the added benefit of making a great tea.

and also congrats to Stinky on the job. It will suck some days but in the long run you will be so much better for it!

laura b. said...

I can't wait to see your garden as it progresses.

Congrats to Stinky on the job! We don't have Hy-Vee around here, but it looks really nice.

McCarthy can be a bit dark, can't he. Lately, I find myself unwilling to go there (dark reads) too often. I blame it on emotional laziness. word is "crumb" :-D

Johnny Yen said...

Congrats on the job! My oldest one is looking for a job now that he's sixteen.

You're braver than I am-- I can't read the dark stuff. I think that with all the worries I've got now, it would just depress me.

booda baby said...

I don't do dark and intense any more. Why?

I do stuff like ... English GARDENS!! Oh my gosh, they do them so well, the Britishy people. Kerry's yard was a big billowing bunch of little purples and whites and dancey-in-the-wind flowers. I think what I'm trying to say is they do quite a bit of color-coding. It's pretty as can beeeee.
Are you allowed to plant jasmine? ymmm. (I'd just buy some already flowering

And yay YAY for Stinky! She'll look so snappy in a tie.

Churlita said...

Rel, those all sound lovely. I'll put them on the list.

Tara, Me too, but we couldn't even find a broach in a store. I think we'll have to go to a retro store or something.

Pamela, The last couple were pretty short. It all depends on how much time I have to read as well.

Skyler's. Kick ass! Ha ha.

Leo, that's a great idea. Some annuals, like snap dragons, you don't have to replant every year if you don't clean the beds in the Fall. They'll reseed themselves. I love that.

Ananda, That's so funny. Last week I was kidding her about asking the guy who walks around town in a chicken suit at lunch time for an application. Man, did I get an eye roll for that one.

Not, Chamomile is a great idea. I love the little yellow flowers. It's on the list now too.

LauraB., Emotional laziness is a great term. I might have to steal that...

Johnny, I guess for me, it can make me feel better about my life. I do feel lucky that my outlook is usually pretty happy and hopeful.

Booda, I'm not sure. I'll at least plant lavender. That does great in Iowa and it supposedly makes people happy.