I had been lamenting the snow turning to rain, heralding the first signs that spring is near but that’s only because of my fear of wasps and bees, who now want to knowingly or unknowingly (as if that matters) murder me.
Then I started looking at old pictures and decided it’s totally worth the risk. Of course it won’t be until April or May that we start to see much more than the weeds all come to life out there, which is already happening (!) right now as I type this!
They are such tenacious buggers! They seem to like to bully their way in and be well established before any of the good stuff comes back.
Speaking of good stuff, I’ve been planting as many perennials as I can so they come back on their own each year, lowering the amount of gardening I have to do (and thereby keeping my mast cells from rebelling, hopefully).
We’ve even been grafting new lilac bushes from our three mature ones and putting them all around the property. We have an entire acre to landscape, or rather re-landscape since what the last people did was all wrong, and we want to use as many “freebies” as we can since trees and bushes and shrubs really add up!
Especially when you want to do a lot of something, like we do. Last spring I bought 100 tulip bulbs to plant all over the front flowerbeds:
If they come up and do well I plan to buy about 500 more.
So I’m pretty excited for spring to come, the more I think of it. They should be sprouting ahead of everything else (except the weeds) in the garden. I love them because they come back, but I do wish they lasted longer. I bought two different kinds, though. One blooms early and one blooms mid-season. So the times they poke up out of the ground and flower are staggered. The pretty flower show should last longer that way.
We were just getting started on so many things. The chicken coop is still getting an upgrade and is sitting over in the corner patiently waiting to be finished.
Then there’s the side flowerbeds, which are both half begun. We’re procrastinating on the one on the north side now that we’ve made plans to add on to that side. Instead, we started focusing on the southern side, and added some great antique pieces and an umbrella tree at the end of the season last year:
I’ll be getting new gardens by means of raised flowerbeds closer to the house and a kitchen herb garden on the back deck so I can grow a lot of my own “safe” foods (all organic). The chickens will provide me with “safe” eggs.
I can’t bring the flowers in anymore now that I know they trigger me (boo!), but I can admire them out of the windows. I’ll be able to see my herb garden right outside the kitchen in the long, tall window, too.
I’ll be hiring help to come in and do the harder stuff. And my kitchen is getting doubled in size, too! Woo!
So spring isn’t looking as bad as I thought. I just hate that our lives will now revolve around my disease but it could be much, much worse and it’s all changes for the better, really.
We’ll be eating better than ever, the overall costs are down because I cook from scratch and use cheap ingredients for my own cleaning supplies which I buy in bulk and I gave up 99% of the expensive, chemical-filled crap I used to spend money on. Also, we are going to be busy doing things like gardening and remodeling and focusing on things that we love anyway.
Of course I’ll be gardening early mornings and late evenings, when the killer wasps are gone. I’ll wear my protective clothing and carry my epipens and hope for the best. I can’t let them win, after all.
I gave up cheesecake, dammit. I am NOT giving up gardening! 🙂
xo Michelle Dellene
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