What a great day. I’m preparing for my three sisters to come visit me in Knoxville TOMORROW through Sunday. Woo-hoo! I ran some errands this morning and picked up some treats for the weekend, and couldn’t resist a bag of fresh popcorn and a bag of fresh Good & Plenty from Mast General Store downtown. I had to sample some and yes, that was my lunch.
Spring has sprung here, and I should be doing housecleaning but I can’t stay inside. It’s more fun to get outdoors and sweep a patio, spray paint an end table or throw some more mulch in a corner. Yes, the laundry room is calling me, but I’m wiping down the porch furniture and watering the flowers.
This past month, I had garden inspiration from a couple of trips. I went and watched Brian play for the University of Minnesota in Dallas at the national club volleyball tournament (awesome experience) and went on a field trip to Williamsburg, Virginia with Kevin’s 8th grade class. Gorgeous gardens!
Pictures from the Dallas Farmers market, beautiful nurseries:
Pictures from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg:
I’ve been gardening away down south. There was a dead corner in the back yard that needed some TLC. Some old bushes and dead trees were removed, creating a blank slate.
A trip to the local nursery and Home Depot, along with some grasses from elsewhere in the yard that I divided and transplanted, resulted in an updated backyard corner.
It’s all a work in progress and not quite on the same standard of Monticello, but it’s coming along smashingly. And, oh, so much more fun than laundry!
Hence, my lack of blogging. The weather here is something else. I’m sorry if I’m a broken record on that topic and hope none of you had damage from the heavy midwest rains. For my friends in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, hang in there. As my sister Sue says, she is still optimistic about getting the snowed under outdoor Christmas decor down by 4th of July.
Here, the dogwoods and redbuds are in bloom, and the azaleas are just firing up. Japenese maple pretty purple leaves are here. Fifty shades of green are everywhere with lots of white, pink, purple and yellow sprinkled all around.
I may have mentioned earlier, about 50 years ago, a travel reporter declared Knoxville the ugliest city in the country. City leaders went about a beautification project, with emphasis on planting blooming trees and public gardens.
Then came the annual April Dogwood Festival, where designated streets and neighborhoods are marked with dashed pink spray painted lines running down the middle of the street as you follow along the Dogwood Trail and enjoy lovely blooms and gardens.
OK, time to put away the snacks and head up to the laundry room. Hope to be back next week with updates of some fun.