Home on the Range

23 Sep

I can’t believe I’m working in the garden every night. And I’m loving it. I honestly don’t think I’d be out there if I didn’t have Isobel. Before baby I spent time after work decompressing by processing photos, surfing flickr, or watching TV. But I don’t want our after work routine to be spent in front of the TV. My mother had very strict TV limits with us, and plus we couldn’t afford cable, so we were allowed an hour of antennae-TV a day, which usually meant snowy episodes of whatever was on PBS. She set a high standard, especially because we have access to DVDR’d episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba on demand. It’s very tempting to turn it on and fold the laundry in peace.

But that’s not why I became a mother.

So! The backyard beckons. She knows every day at around five o’clock we go out there and play for a couple hours before bed.

Proof I have no yardworking skillz

Right now I’m only focusing on my plants on the patio, because those are the ones I love and my skills really don’t go beyond container gardening at this point. I mean, I can prune the power-hungry wisteria over there but trust me, there’s no reason to until the leaves all fall off. Much more manageable that way. And the lawn? Well, the neighbor is still working on that.

This bucket is one of Isobel’s favorite outdoor toys. She likes to fill it up with water or birdseed and then dump it out again. She is also developing quite the little sense of humor as I saw her putting it on her head and saying, “Hat! Hat!”

These begonias clearly need some help. They used to be a lot healthier and happier but something’s been snacking on them. Also when I was moving around I noticed there were tons of black widow egg sacks on them, which I promptly crushed with a shovel.

Remember my golden scooter? This scooter is very special to Anthony and me because it came with the house. The side of our house by the pond was so overgrown with weeds when we moved in that we didn’t notice the previous owners left this scooter back there for an entire year. That’s right. Anthony had to literally dig it out of the weeds that had grown around it. Nature was claiming the golden scooter for its own.

Just look at that scooter! Some boy somewhere is weeping that it’s missing because it’s painted solid gold and very obviously magical. This is what it looks like right after someone rides it:

It's magically delicious!

Some of my plants still look pretty good despite all the neglect I’ve lavished upon them.

My patio table, however, needs some help.

Zorro looks on, disappointed in my gardening skills.

Look how fresh and clean everything looks after a good sweeping and some repottings!

Jupiter watches with interest whenever he sees us outside and begs to join us. Sorry, I’m clearly some sort of Cat Dictator.

Let me outta this hell hole

I call this shot “Begonia Vision” because you can see Isobel playing in the background. Also I was out of hanging pots and just added the barely-still-alive String of Banana plants to this one. It’s a party in that pot!

Also looking a lot better on this side. Less places for Black Widows to hide, certainly. Although the guy installing our cable didn’t do a pretty job of it.

I’m actually working on the patio and I couldn’t be prouder of myself. I originally posted about the patio to shame myself into working on it, but in the end, that held no sway whatsoever. Apparently I don’t hold myself accountable to the internets. I’m doing it because I love, which is the best reason to do anything anyway.


6 Responses to “Home on the Range”

  1. April (aka @lilpyrogirl) September 23, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I REALLY want a pretty yard and garden but I’m a little terrified of the great outdoors. Bugs and spiders and snakes, Oh MY! But, this post has ALMOST inspired me to do a little yard work…almost. Keep posting your progress – maybe I’ll don my gardening gloves I bought over a year ago that still have the price tags on them and get out into the dirt yet!

    • LittleBig September 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

      We don’t have snakes, but we have a lot of bugs. Honestly, it’s fun once you get started.

  2. Bonnie September 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    I am going to have so much space to fill once my house is done, and I’m so excited! I’ve already transplanted a few things over. I’ve got tons from mom’s flowerbeds to take (they’re my plants, were always just there temporarily). Well, and I can divide and take some of hers. And some of hers she just doesn’t want.

    Instead of a normal wedding shower where I get things I either don’t need or already have, I’m going to let people give me plants. They can buy plants or just seeds or even just divide something from their garden and give it to me. And if they want to give something for the house that’s fine, but I’d be happy with plants too.

    • LittleBig September 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

      What a FANTASTIC idea, Bonnie! I love it!

  3. jenn September 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    um, yes. we need to have a phone chat soon about gardening. i have a whole new philosophy on life about this and i think you will appreciate it too! *loves*

    • LittleBig September 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

      Thanks for the email. 😉 It was beautiful.

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