Being at home after years of professional work was a little hard to adjust. So I filled my hours with activities. I tried new recipes, learnt how to crochet, started a new blog and then I started gardening. Initially I started with small shrubs in the winter. But when the summer was at its peak, we invested on a little home garden in the patio.
We bought all of the coleus that we have at Meijer a supermarket in Bowling Green when we went on a road-trip. We bought six cases having four varieties of coleus, one dusty miller and one begonia. Each case of 4 costed just 99 cents. The rest we bought at Lowes and Home depot. I enjoy shopping at Lowes and Home Depot mainly because of the vastness of its supplies and sky high cabinets.
We bought few pots, potting soil and then setup the home garden in the patio. I especially like the red railing in our patio as it adds color to the already colorful leaves and flowers that filled my summer days with joy. I watched them grow, slowly and beautifully. First the leaves and then the flowers.
There was this one particular sunflower plant that my husband picked up and it was exciting to watch it grow! Day after day it bloomed bright and yellow. Sadly, in the middle of summer, whether by the suddenly cold and rain weather or by the incessant bugs, our little Miss Sunshine died 😦 However, we enjoyed the days it bloomed and hope to get some new ones next summer.
This is how our garden looked like in three weeks after setting up. Week 3 into our home garden.
I setup a work table close to the french window overlooking our patio and I used to do most of my activities during the day there. Whether blogging or Bible study or reading a book, watching the colorful garden when the eye wanders just kept my spirits up. And then there were these rainy days that I love the most bringing the pots away from the pouring rains and waiting along with them for the rains to stop! (Actually I didn’t wish for the rain to stop 🙂
Subsequent to the new home garden we had few visitors in our patio. The Squirrel on the Cable that would dig up holes in the pots driving me quizzical, the bees that were enticed by the sunflower and the long flowers that stemmed out of the coleus and the occasional dangerous spider with its intricately weaved webs.
As I watered and nurtured the plants they grew well and reflected my moods. Its fall now and I have brought them indoors to tune them to normal room temperature, hoping that they would withstand the winter days.
This post was linked to Teach me Tuesday