Last night we had the most terrifyingly beautiful lightning storm ever. It lasted for five hours, shook the house to pieces, lit up all four walls with flashes of light and felt very much like our Little House was planted smack dab in the middle of a ThunderMountain. Today it is hot and muggy and the sky can't decide whether to let the sun do its thing or to let the foreboding clouds overhead do theirs.
Had it not been for last nights storms, I would be doing a first planting in the garden right about now. Instead of planting potatoes and lettuce today, I get to deep clean the boys' bedroom and pine for dirt. I figure it is a perfect day for a list of growing things.
So-a list of 30 things growing in my yard at this very minute:
Luscious green grass. (I know. Not really impressive to you-but, after the winter doldrums, soft green grass is a thrill to have for me.)
3* White lilacs (oh, how I wish they were purple!)
4* Tiger Lilies
7* Outhouse Plant
9* Apples (I told you I wouldn't kill them!)
10* Snowball hydrangea
12* Lily of the Valley
17* Black eyed Susans
18* Filberts (hazelnut)
21* Violets (maybe I'll be making violet jelly one of these days...)
26* Plantain (hey! It is good stuff!)
30* Children (it's true! Children grow best in dirt!)
Now, naturally, not all of them are in bloom (most of them aren't, in fact!)-but they will be. And that is what matters. Some glorious summer day I can begin my morning and nightly yard strolls again-and there will actually be something to see!
It looks like an amazing list but many of them are transplants from our old house and so are quite small...not nearly as Tasha Tudor Wild as I would like it to be. But someday.
Ahhhh-the colors of summer....How I miss thee.