THE FINISHED PROJECT
It’s not too big; just right. It’s not fancy; a hodgepodge of containers and lids-with-no-home to catch water. I’m not a seasoned greenhouser, horticulturist, grower-of-good-stuff. But, it’s already sprouting something. I’m not sure if it’s a tomato plant or a sunflower seed from the dirt I used to sprout the tomato plants. All I know is the little plant is coming up in the tomato lid.
I dragged out all my seeds; it didn’t matter how old they were. Some were in packages from the store; others were in containers; the seeds I had saved from plants in my yard… or someone else’s yard. I guess I’ll know what they are when they turn into mature plants. It’s the growing I care about. Watching the seeds turn into something to nurture.
As you can see, my little greenhouse is as haphazard as I am. The seeds that were in marked packages, got marked as that. The others are just those surprise plants. I’m so excited to find out what they are!
Since the greenhouse sits on the site of the sunflower house, there are already sunflowers poking their little heads up through the lime and rock, asking “What’s going on here?”
There are other plants coming back to life after their winter siesta: peonies, sunflowers, sage, coreopsis, lilac, honeysuckle, ivy, bulbs of many varieties, lamb’s ear, baby’s breath, butterfly bush, roses. Just to name a few. The summer plants that have been waiting patiently in the garage for the spring rains are partying it up in the sunlight and April showers. Or downpours as is the case right now. Over six inches in 24 hours.
The rest of the oasis — my backyard — is a mess. A big pond of muddy water sits where we had to dig up the sewer line, still waiting for the extra dirt it needs after settling. The fence is down for the backhoe. The deck is a mess of “stuff” for summer fun that needs cleaned and set to rights. The pool is covered with the plastic that is covered with rain water, awaiting the right temperature for the uncovering. Right now it’s just getting rain water pumped off.
But I know in a month, after a lot of hard work, our backyard will once again be that beautiful place of peace and tranquility. Better (almost) than going to the beach.