I used to think of art as just drawing, painting, sculpting, that sort of thing. But I have come to learn that art is a general name for so many different types of creative things people can do!
For instance, I have seen yards at some homes that are done by landscapers who are very artistic at what they do. And often those landscapers are the people who live in those homes! What some people can do with flowers just blows me away! That is one art I want to learn…soon! I don’t have a landscaped yard. In fact we have many patches of dirt in the lawn where grass won’t grow for some reason. This year I wanted to change all of that.
First, I began to weed the front yard where some funky plants grow. They have a unique flower in the middle of three heart-shaped leaves; only I have no idea what they are. But they’re cool, so I wanted them to stand out. I proceeded to pull up all the weeds around them and cleared out all the leaves. We have huge oak trees here and lots of leaves to deal with. Then I noticed that the rose bushes needed trimming. So I did that. And as I went along, I began to find these great ferns that I never noticed before! I’m telling ya, there’s a small portion of our yard that looks like a little jungle. In fact, my 14 year-old daughter can hide in there! Then I trimmed some smaller trees and a lilac bush. And I began to think about what kinds of flowers I could plant.
Next I went to the library, because frankly I know practically nothing about gardening. All I know is I want a yard that’s nice to look at! I checked out several books about gardening and although I didn’t read them cover-to-cover, I learned a few things. I already knew pruning helps things grow better. And it’s true! I pruned all the bushes and low and behold, they are blooming new roses and beautiful new leaves! So that was a plus.
Then I bought only two potted flowers. (I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money only to possibly kill them! That was smart, if I do say so myself!!) I bought a small pot of mums. They’re pretty, right? I didn’t really have a ready spot to plant them in the ground yet, so I decided I would keep them on our porch. I transplanted them into a slightly bigger pot. My daughter even painted it all pretty and bright! But after a week or so, they died. What did I do wrong? I HAVE NO IDEA!!! But the other flower I bought is a flower that grows well in the shade. I have a huge shady spot on the side of the house. It’s called a Cyclamen. We put that one in the ground right away. It has beautiful magenta flowers and unique leaves. So far that one is doing okay. I’ve noticed that some blooms died, so I pinched them off. And others are blooming. So maybe I’ve done something right! I pray for our pretty Cyclamen. After all, I need all the help I can get!
Make it a blessed day!