Happy May! I absolutely love this time of year. The flowers are blooming, the grass is green and thick, my little garden is planted, and thus far, there is not much humidity. I know the pollen can be troublesome, but I just take my tissues outside with me and sneeze while I marvel at nature.
We added a few new things to the backyard this year — a butterfly feeder and some bird feeders with big baffles to ward off our pesky squirrels, all of which are overweight from raiding the bird seed. We also added a cute new bird bath, which so far nobody has been interested in — perhaps because it is small and they prefer our bigger bird bath.
Last weekend we lugged all of my houseplants out onto the deck, including my giant ficus tree, which I have had since we married, almost three decades ago. It’s huge and getting it through the house and out onto the deck is challenging — for Paul.
All of my houseplants love this time of year and their months spent outside on the deck. They all grow so much and just seem happy. Our deck is completely shaded, but they thrive all summer long. The inside of the house seems much emptier without the plants, but the deck feels like a botanical garden.
We sat out on the deck last weekend until late into the night — well, late for us. We had a fire going in our little chimney fireplace and the temperature outside was just perfect. We talked about our friends and family members who are not sitting outside just yet — many still have several months of harsh weather ahead of them. Remember Paul is from northern Maine — they are still getting snow. Our oldest son lives in northern California and they are still snow skiing. I am happy right here in the south, thank you very much.
Lest you think we are Master Gardeners, we are far from it. We love to garden, and plant one every year, but some years are better than others.
Last year is fresh on my mind when we were lucky to get a few tomatoes and cucumbers. Thank goodness for herbs. Herbs are simple to grow — all you need is six hours of sunshine and you are in business. I love snipping herbs every night to go into whatever I am cooking for dinner. If you have not planted any herbs yet, you should definitely do so. It is so annoying when a recipe calls for a few tablespoons of an herb and you have to spend $2 on a little packet — so much easier to step outside and snip here and there.
I also made a list of outdoor spring projects to tackle before the heat of the summer rolls in. Of course I also have a list of indoor projects — but might as well wait until the heat outside is unbearable — for now I want to spend as much time as possible in the glorious sunshine.
Happy spring to all of you!
South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.