Returning home is expensive!
Friday and Saturday:
- $70+ for Auggie’s bath and haircut
- $55 at the garden center to purchase perennials to fill the gaps in the garden
- $50+ at Schnuck’s and Aldi for things to eat
- $18 at DiGregorio’s for olive oil and such
- $55 at Herbaria for soap and bath bombs
- $20 for a much-needed manicure
- $7 for a Taco Bell fix
It adds up so quickly!
From Saturday evening, bedding plants are now ready for delightful growth and abundance over the next few months, joining some flowers already blooming in the garden.
Coleus and petunia.
Thanks to the help of two Webster Conservatory students, my Saturday morning was entirely productive (to 10.30 at least, when I’m writing this!).
All the leaves that blew back around in December are now mulched and in the green recycling bin. Ceramic pots are filled with bedding plants (mostly marigolds and petunias). Weed control has been applied to the lawn. Begonias are in the front porch planter. Some books are boxed and ready for Goodwill. The garage has been swept and tidied after the winter cold. Generally speaking, the outdoor property is cleaner and greener.
I saw my first hummingbird of the season this week, and put out fresh nectar this morning.
And Spring seems more real.
Pictures to follow.
The lilac bush is blooming. The scent, as usual, is heavenly.
I took my camera, with macro lens, outdoors with me on Saturday. Auggie joined me.
The peonies are sprouting upward with speed. The taller shoot here is about 5″ tall. Their emergence from slumber is a week or two early, and in another two months or so they will burst forth in giant pink blooms.
I was lining up a photo of the crape myrtle, and saw the moon in the perfect position for a solo snap.
More from the garden on Saturday, whilst waiting for the hummingbird:
Crape myrtle against the blue evening sky.
I love marigolds.
The bee is feeding on the mint blossoms.
I waited a quarter-hour on Saturday evening, in near-perfect light, to snap this shot of my hummingbird: