Today is my son’s actual 13thBirthday. It seems like on yesterday the doctor was shaking his head and telling my husband, “Well, looks like you did it.” My son showed his true colors early on by not allowing us to tell for sure if he was a boy or a girl. Breech and legs all tied up in knots until the very end. My doctor and hubby were certain he was a girl. I knew better. After carrying two girls, I knew this one was different. I just didn’t know how different or what the heck I was in for. Some say boys are easier than girls, but I think it has alot to do with which one you have first and get use to. My girls have always been easier. They are eighteen months apart and my son still has them beat by a long shot. I will forever be saying, “What were you thinking!” LOL
Getting ready for my son’s birthday party included a trip to the garden center as I tried to get the outside yard in shape. The drought we had last summer was brutal and most of my plants are long gone. This makes me really sad. I’d had some of them for years. So far, I’ve stuck with plants I know I can keep alive. No green thumb here. Who am I kidding. It’s not even a light shade of green or even in the green family. But I absolutely love flowers!
I even spruced up the tiny pond in our backyard. If you look closely you’ll see the poor turtle I’ve blogged about before. I’m still hanging on to him after his horrific experience with the crazy Dachsunds living behind us. These dogs have finally started staying in their own yard. Probably because we’ve made it impossible for them to dig under the fence. And their constant barking is at least bearable now. Geesh.. Sorry, back to more pleasant things. I can’t wait for all these flowers to grow and bloom around the pond. The one little fishy we have left will be so happy to have some more shade. Hopefully, I’ll have a beautiful picture to show you later on this summer.
My gardenia tree in the front yard is already full of beautiful white blooms this year and now I’ve got red hibiscus and begonias, blue plumbago, periwinkles, and something that looks like a cross between a marigold and a begonia without that marigold smell. These have all done well in the summer heat under our normal conditions. But now I’m stumped. And I’m just itching to plant more before it gets too hot to stand it outside.
Please feel free to offer some suggestions. I’m looking for different. The more colorful the better to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. But they have to be hardy and almost take care of themselves.