Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Peace in the Garden

My gardening pattern is to let my garden over-grow in the winter and then do a big overhaul in the spring. In a Florida winter, the weak plants die, and the weeds take over any remaining space, so I'm usually left with an ugly jungle when spring comes around.

This year, I wasn't really motivated. I blamed it on work, having a kid, no money for plants, etc. My typical five-hour garden overhaul day wouldn't work with Daisy, anyways. Thus, I stalled.

One of our Amaryllis plants bloomed on Easter weekend, but even its beauty couldn't stir me to garden action.
Eight blooms and the only time I took a picture was at night. 

I've been creatively stuck this entire month. No sewing, blogging, gardening etc. It's been kind of depressing. But this weekend, I broke out of my creative funk!

Zane trimmed back our azalea jungle on Saturday, which was the final motivation I needed.

We cleaned up most of the azalea debris, and I pulled weeds and planted four Mexican heather bushes. Daisy sat in her stroller, enjoying the outside and watching us work and Rufio roam. We worked for 45-60 minutes before she was done with the outside, but it was enough to get the garden looking much better.

I'm not done with it yet, but it already feels so much cleaner and fresher.

It's fun looking back at my garden pictures over the three years we've been here. Each year it looks a little different as I try new plants in the space. Just for kicks, here's my pineapples from 2010 that I started from grocery store pineapple tops (top right under the sago palms). Below that is a picture of them this month.

They've only taken 3.5 years to fruit! These guys grow BIG! They're about 3-4 feet in diameter. After I harvest the fruit, I'm getting rid of them. It was fun to grow fruit, but my garden's really not the right space for this kind of plant. 

Besides, I like flowers. I want more daisies like last year's garden. So pretty.  

Moral of the story: my creative funk is over for now. I've gardened, sewn and blogged this week. I'm feeling creatively productive.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter in Blue Ridge

Last weekend Zane and I went on a family weekend getaway to Blue Ridge, Georgia. We left after work Thursday evening at 6:30pm and drove through the night to my sister's house in Kennesaw. My parents had driven up earlier that day, so on Friday we all hopped over to Blue Ridge to a beautiful cabin in the mountains.

Penny for Daisy's thoughts here. 

It was wonderful.

We ate, played games, lounged about, hiked to a waterfall, walked around the cute little town, did jigsaw puzzles, soaked in the hot tub, watched youtube videos, Duck Dynasty and Dan in Real Life, played Just Dance and pool, ate s'mores, and just enjoyed each other.

Zane and I were both stressed on Thursday (in our new normal state of being, which is stress), and were basically at each other's throats on the midnight drive to Georgia, but we both got to unwind and relax and enjoy our family, which is just what we needed.  

The drive back took 12 hours, but it was very enjoyable. We had fun, took a long lunch break, sang songs and dreamed together. It wasn't until we pulled into our neighborhood that reality hit us again (remembering that our other car's battery was dead...oh yeah, something else to deal with). 

Now we're back to reality, but I'm glad for the break we had. It fuels me to work toward the next one, whenever that is!