Please Don’t Let My Dad Read This One

Okay guys.

This is kind of embarrassing.

Remember how excited I was when I finally got a flower bed planted?


I had used a lot of dirt from a composting tree stump to help fill it in. Then I sprinkled in about 30 different packets of flower seeds that I found in my seed bucket.

I was so excited to see a few little seedlings started.

But to be honest – I didn’t spend a lot of time studying them – after all – we had a family camp-out, a wedding, Grandpa’s funeral, and the county fair. It was a little busy.

But I would admire the little plants every time I whizzed past. Which was often – since the bed is right beside the door.

Then – I noticed one kind of plant that was getting bigger and bigger. So big it was taking over the bed. I thought the leaves looked familiar – but I couldn’t place them.

Finally – I stopped on my way out to get the mail to study this amazing soon-to-be flower.

Oh dear.

I couldn’t believe it.

This Iowa country gal was growing a bed of button weeds. Otherwise known as velvet leaf.

Not just growing them – I was watering them and protecting them.

How embarrassing.

After all – I spent entire summers when I was a teenager cutting these nasty weeds out of bean fields.

I know how invasive they can be.

I wonder what the farmers thought as they drove in the yard. “Does she know that plant is actually a weed? Is she crazy?”

Well, not quite crazy, yet. Just really busy and more than a little distracted.

But don’t worry – I’ve got them pulled and even found some perennials on sale to fill in the flower bed.

So let’s just keep this embarrassing little slip up to ourselves – okay?!

I’m just glad that my dad doesn’t read my blog posts. 😉


Flower Garden

One more thing off my to-do list –

dream gardenI finally have the flower gardens ready for Dagmar’s graduation party.

The flowers look to be in such fine shape this year – don’t you agree?

Okay. I’m just kidding.

My sisters can stop laughing now.

I found the above picture on-line.  No such beautiful flower garden exists on my property – yet.

Actually – no flower garden exists here period. Only in my dreams.

This – dear friends – is my reality.

GardenA hodge podge of containers from thrift stores, garage sales and junk piles filled with an assortment of flowers that I can only hope will stay alive for a few more days.

The entire arrangement is surrounded by a fence to keep the free-ranging chickens out.They love to climb in flower pots and scratch around – rearranging things for a better “seat”.

I’ve lost many a bedding plant to a chicken’s feathered backside.

The plan is to remove the fence Sunday afternoon just before the guests arrive.

We forgot that last step at Matt’s graduation party a year ago. I wonder what people thought?

On the plus side – it took me just minutes to plant them – and there was no weeding involved!

And it is – of course – one more thing of my list! Well – at least for this week…

Top picture courtesy of  SiefkinDR