Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I got a cyclamen plant for Valentine's Day, which I thought was a nice alternative to a bouquet of flowers. I like the unusual petals, almost like they're upside down.
I like the hot pink color, it's very retro '80s. I also like that it's a plant--I can move it into my garden or into a bigger pot and keep for longer than a few days, as flower bouquets tend to wither and die in my house quickly. My research says that these plants can bloom through April? I'll see if I can keep it alive that long. I've done OK at figuring out how to grow vegetables, but plants and flowers are still a challenge to me. I've only really invested in some fairly inexpensive annuals to rotate out in the big flower pots in the front yard. I thought maybe this year I would like to try different flowers. I thought about all of this as I sat outside yesterday, soaking in the sunshine. It was such a treat! My yard and deck are small, but I thought about how I would like to make these spots not just spaces for growing my own vegetables, but for being a peaceful retreat from some of the stresses in my life that seem to be piling up. I wonder how to do that well in a small space.
I'll think about this a bit more over the next few weeks. Right now I am so anxious for spring! There aren't many living things in my yard right now (just a little pine tree and a very cute kitten)...
...and my rosemary plant, which seems to have recovered nicely from the heavy snow 3 weeks ago!
I had to take the cat to the vet yesterday for his one-year check up (it was also his one year adoption anniversary!) so I took the day off to do that and run some other errands that can only be done during regular business hours. I am so glad that I got to enjoy the weather and not be stuck inside a drab, gray office building on an unexpectedly nice day.
And this was our yummy dinner--because it was warm enough to fire up the grill. Come quickly, spring!!!