First, I want to thank you so much for the kind things you said about my regrets of the past... and the compliments you paid to my son. You really do touch my heart.
So...before the little secret...
...a couple of snaps of our Crepe Myrtle tree out front which is leafing out beautifully and for the first time in five years I can already see tiny pink buds of flowers. It's taken a long, long time for it to flower since it was nearly chopped down long before I arrived. A neighbor told me it was once the prettiest tree on the street.
The bit of rope keeps the birds from getting their tiny legs broken in that crook. Tragically one did just that once...thus the rope.
I hurt when I see a lovely flowering tree chopped so severely! It's finally looking good after five years.
Little red bench is calling for a paint touch up.
( SEE OUR NEW SIDEWALK?? :)
I think the city of Riverside hates me...but I'm loving that sidewalk!
These Geraniums are called "Big Reds" and are supposed to live in all sorts of HARSH conditions.
I bought them at Home Depot a couple of years ago. Hanging pots in California are at risk and take lots of care because of the heat..and an ant problem didn't help matters any.
NO more Ants. (We now have a service that keeps them away! Some of you may remember my long battles with those ants.
There is a SECRET to how pretty the Geraniums are looking, (I mean besides no longer having ants.)
Went shopping for flowers this morning with PH. He doesn't understand my need to plant..or paint things or decorate. But bless his heart, he tolerates it. So..he is off the hook for that sort of thing. Since these are on the front window..and in some of the heat of the day, I now have a secret to keeping them alive!!
As I said, PH isn't much on plants, flowers or decorating..he just plain doesn't get it. However, the man is a creature of habit. Dependable. Consistent. I can rely on him as surely as I can rely night following day.
Each morning he gets up..gets dressed and pushes the button on the coffee maker (I set it up the night before) and heads out to pick up the morning paper. Then he fills the water fountain and heads back inside.
It's wonderful and something he has taken upon himself to do for the past five years.
Then one morning a light bulb went off in my head (doesn't happen often) and I sweetly mentioned that it would be wonderful if when he is filling the fountain he could just give this little planter a bit of water and maybe give those poor Geraniums a tiny drink. Could he do that? Would it be too much..because if it was, it wasn't a problem at all. *I smile sweetly at him right here*
Dependable husband with a big grin..said "...heaven's no, it wouldn't be a bit more trouble since he was filling the fountain anyway!"
End of story
His saying? "Happy wife, happy life!"
Those Geraniums are looking wonderful.
By the way, I made him meatloaf, a big potato salad for dinner tonight and his favorite candied carrots!! :)
Yeah...that man knows what he is doing!