Sunday, March 22, 2015

Black Thumb Girl!

by Leann


Spring really is here, even if many of you are still dealing with ice and snow. (And I am very sorry about that!) That means, according to our Home Owners Association, we need to get our new yard landscaped. Trouble is, though my husband is great at growing vegetables, he knows very little about
landscaping. The sad thing is, I know even less. Just one look at the place designated for plants etc. outside our front door created immediate conflict. I don't want conflict. I want this to be easy.

I have an "idea" of what I'd like to see, but I don't know a thing about plants aside from the reality that they need to be cared for. My mother had a green thumb and so does my sister. I have managed to destroy every single plant that has ever come near
me. It really is that bad. I'm proud to say I do know what growing region we are in--7b. Good thing, too, because I might have wanted to add lilacs to the front yard--but they don't grow here.

To compound the matter, I cannot spend much time outdoors. I am allergic to everything, including all the insects that will find me immediately. It's like I have a sign on my back that says "bite me." All I know is I want color, something like what's pictured below. When we had to re-landscape our yard to sell our house in


Texas, I hired two brothers. I had a vision for what I wanted, but of course no names for plants that would work. But they spoke my language! They understood me! They also did a fantastic job.

If I can convince my tightwad of a husband to let me do this again, that's what I'd like to do. Meanwhile, I am sure there is a Landscaping for Dummies book out there, right?

What about you? Is anyone a black thumb person like me? (I need company!)