This past Saturday was overcast, and it kept looking like it would rain. I used to hear people say that rain was God's tears. And although God surely has much to cry over in these times, I prefer to think of it as God using a big watering can to give us refreshing and life-giving water. My husband and I worked in the yard for a couple of hours Saturday morning, then we went to Home Depot to get a few things when he discovered he had two Home Depot gift cards burning a hole in his wallet. Okay, it was I who suggested we go, but they were in his wallet.
I went to Home Depot primarily to get flowers. I love flowers. I did not always like them. In fact, I recall once rejecting flowers that a boyfriend gave me in college, telling him I would have preferred a case of beer! I think it was time for us to part ways anyhow. Providentially, the flowers were forget-me-nots. And I haven't.
My mother was always the flower person. She had houseplants and she had yard plants as we grew up. Sometimes it was tempting when mowing the lawn to just accidentally cut some of the Easter flowers down. But Mom would always make us wait. Then, when she finally gave the word, whoever was mowing that day got to wreak havoc on what remained of the daffodils lining the driveway.
I never paid much attention to the beauty of daffodils until I bought my house in 2004. I began to see how flowers and plants can really add something to the decor. When I sold my house in 2006, it was a little better for the wear, with a few more shrubs than when I had purchased it. But I was not motivated to do much when I lived alone.
It wasn't until I met my husband that I really developed a love for the greenery and the beauty of plants and flowers. Luckily, we share that same passion. Our house has a big open back room full of windows, and it begs for the presence of plants to soak up the sun's brilliant rays that bathe the room for hours a day. That room has become my makeshift greenhouse.
|Partial view of the greenhouse
I moved some of the plants that I brought in last Fall back outside to the deck this past weekend. I think they will start to thrive, provided the temperature stays above freezing. It has been getting warmer and warmer in the DC area this Spring, so I am hoping that we get a nice long period of mild weather and temperatures. Some years it seems we go right from parkas to tank tops, with little time to adjust and enjoy the transition.
We have gotten the bird condo area cleaned up and ready to receive new arrivals.
God has been good to us, allowing us the time and energy and resources to make His creation a little more pleasant to behold. I just hope and pray that this year He is not quite as generous with the little pesky mosquitoes! That's one item of His creation that I would gladly forego, for the sake of enjoying our secluded little kingdom!
Stay tune throughout the Spring and Summer as I update the progress on our kingdom!