In May, just about the time everyone was ready to plunk their plants in the ground, we had an awful hail storm. Devastating, in fact, to anyone or any nursery with unprotected plants and Lowe’s was one of them. Some nurseries simply discarded the damaged plants and filed an insurance claim, but Lowe’s put them on racks at deep discounts. It was a little risky as the plants would have to recover and you couldn’t always tell the color it would eventually be, but that was okay. We bought everything we could before buying a few choice, prime flowers to fill-in the ten baskets/pots.
We’ve put some sweat into the backyard over several weekends to get it ready for the outdoor living we like to do in the summer. That storm afforded us the opportunity to spruce up our backyard, creating a lovely space to share with our friends, including you. Some of these photos are of the perennial gardens we planted long ago, the others are pots filled with the flowers we rescued after the storm.
Relaxing in the fragrant evening breeze or gathering friends for sunset smores is the kinds of things we savor in summer. Matt is convinced eating outside makes everything taste better. There have even been times when he has given me an opinion about a meal with the caveat, “I think it would taste even better if we were sitting outside.” He’s probably right. Flowers bring beauty and a sense of peace to this outside world were we congregate. They make me smile … down deep where my rainbows are, as our youngest would say.
I’m thinking it’s also a guaranteed boost to my dinner menus.
Another row of perennials, the main show being the balloon flowers that haven’t yet bloomed. When they do this will be filled with the gorgeous periwinkle stars in the photo on the right. It is my favorite flower of all.
Do you enjoy an outside refuge during the summer? How do you make it special?