by Kate Collins
I know. Bad pun. I was trying to find a clever way to announce my blog subject -- a Mother's Day planting event, an afternoon spent with my daughter and son planting flowers and flowering shrubs. When they were little, the three of us did everything together, prompting me to tag us the Three Musketeers. So that was the best I could do. I'm spent!
It was a great day. Although the temperature didn't climb out of the 50s, the sun was out and it was warm enough in my courtyard to do without jackets. This will be my first summer in my new house, and I had told my kids my intention to add to the few boxwood shrubs that came with the house. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do except that I knew I had to have roses and pink hydrangeas, along with potted plants of deep pink geraniums and purple and pink petunias.
Imagine my surprise when I opened the door to find a whole porch full of landscape plants and garden decor. You can see some in these photos. Among the items they bought are a pink hydrangea, a pink azalea shrub, a red knockout rose, multicolored celosia, marigolds, wisteria, and the garden decor, including two fancy bird feeders.
We spent at least two hours digging holes in the clay soil, filling them with good potting soil and planting the plants. And I still have room for pots of geraniums and petunias.
And then we cut up an assortment of fresh veggies (potatoes, onions, zucchini, carrots, Brussel sprouts and garlic), tossed them with sea salt, pepper, and olive oil, made packets of foil and grilled them along with grass-fed antibiotic free steaks -- until the fuel ran out and the grill shut off half-way through. We ended up finishing the meal in the oven and laughing about it. But topped off with a good red wine and fudgy brownies, it was a feast.
At the end of the day, we sat and admired our outdoor handiwork, all agreeing that it had been one of our best Mother's Day celebrations ever. It'll be something they can look back on one day and say, "Hey, remember when the three Musketeers...."
It hasn't been easy to celebrate holidays since my hubby's passing, but thanks to the close bond I have with my children, it's getting easier. And even though my husband wasn't here, we all felt his presence.
I hope you enjoy my photos.