I was in a venomous mood the other day, blacker than black. Mostly it was just tiredness, but the cloudy skies and life challenges were combining to send me to Grumptown. I managed to pick my kid up from school, got her to do her homework in the car, and then took her to her one and only after-school activity. Usually I hang out there, but was not in the frame of mind to tolerate cell-phone-yakking parents and screaming siblings. I noticed the sun starting to peek out and opted for a walk instead. I started out feeling like this (loon-y):
(I had neglected to bring my camera, so this is another attempt at a post with phone photos.)
The sunny, plant-filled stroll cleared my head and elevated my mood so much that it made the grouchy day seem like a remote dream. Spring, it’s better than an Rx!
Japanese maples leafing out and almost meeting over the sidewalk:
Golden hops and grape hyacinth look great together, why didn’t I think of that?!
Incredible huge fuzzy leaves in a parking strip planting (could this be Verbascum?)
Slightly flawed dogwood blossom:
Didn’t the Dutch pay fortunes for “broken” tulips like this one, back in the day?
I want to go back to some of these blocks again because I missed a lot, including some super fab parking strip planter boxes filled with fresh black-gold compost and veggie seeds/starts. Thanks to all of the creative gardeners whose efforts helped to banish the blues!