Confessions of a Talentless Gardener: Spring Cleaning

Let the Spring Cleaning Begin!

Day 1

I am aching to death as I write this.

Today was the first sunny Sunday of Spring. And I was out in the yard for seven long hours Spring cleaning.


“Seven hours?” you ask in disbelief.

“Yes, seven hours!” I say stretching out my aching fifty-year old limbs.

As I mentioned in Confessions of a talentless gardener, the blog post I wrote last year, I was never into gardening. I think I picked up gardening as a mid-life crisis thing. Now I am kind of addicted. But I really do not have a clue as to what I am doing. I do not read gardening manuals, but I do read the instructions on the seed packet – sometimes. Yet most of the time, much to the dismay of my husband, I do my own thing. And every year ‘my thing’ changes!

So today I went out into the yard with a mission. We have several planting areas we created three years go in the front yard.

What I wanted to do today was to clear out the fall debris in one of the planting areas, plant bulbs, and spread wild flower seeds all over the place.

Assessing the damage

The weather changed so dramatically last fall that I did not get the chance to clean up the planters. Hence, today was about cleaning first. It may not look much in the pictures below, but let me tell you that this is about 70 feet of a planter which goes all the way around a retaining rock wall!

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One woman mission!

The Spring cleaning mission began at 10:00 a.m. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the birds were out singing. But there were no bugs in the air. Perhaps they did not know it was Spring!

Anyway, the cleaning up was easy. I learned last year that when you think about the task a head of you, then you start to stress about it and probably won’t accomplish what you set out to do. So I didn’t think about it.

As I cleared the debris, I was hoping to see tips of bulbs I planted last year coming out to greet Spring. But what I came across were several bulbs that were half eaten.

Yes, I have provided food for the little critters that live underground. While it is so easy to hate these critters and think about all the different ways to evict them from our yard, I just smiled and thought that maybe I created good karma by feeding these pesky things.

Well, it helps me from wanting to harm small animals!

Almost there…

There is some sort of gratification if you can, every once in a while, look back and admire your achievements. It reminds you of what you can do, and helps you move forward.

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By around 2:00 p.m., I was done with Spring cleaning, and it was time for a very late lunch, and then back to planting.

And finally …

Last fall I purchased a lot of bulbs with the good intention of planting them before winter set in. But as the winter came before fall ended, I never got down to planting. So the bulbs had been sitting in the bags on a table in the garage for the last five and half months!

Most of them were beginning to sprout!

So today I planted Tulip, Dutch Iris, and Hyacinth bulbs,

Then scattered wild flower seeds all over the place, just like I planned.

And then I was done!

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Satisfying Day

Yes I am aching like I have never ached before. And I know that tomorrow I will ache some more.

But there is a weird sort of satisfaction and excitement that runs through me as I anticipate the growth of the bulbs and seeds I planted.

While my mission for today is accomplished, today is just the beginning of more to come as one woman meets nature as a talentless, yet determined gardener.

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Mauve Writer

Teacher, Learner, Writer

10 thoughts on “Confessions of a Talentless Gardener: Spring Cleaning

  1. congrats to u, i like to watch my plants grow. I did some planting and repotting last week but i have to get some soil which seems to be scarce in this heat wave we have been getting. you have certainly inspired me to do more…7 hours!wow!

    1. Thank you Ramelle, I do try. Maybe one day I will see myself as a gardener. Right now I think I am faking it till I make it 🙂

  2. I am so impressed! I am terrible at keeping things alive – even the smallest potted plant. I have the complete opposite of what you would call a green thumb. And what a workout your day of gardening and cleaning must have been!

    1. So you are a serial plant killer 🙂
      I used to be, but not I like watching things grow. And yes – I’d rather spend 7 hours in the yard than 7 hours in the gym. Feeling so much better today.

  3. Sounds like you have the same approach to gardening as I do. Though anymore I rarely plant anything that doesn’t have a practical purpose, I pretty much stick to fruits and vegetables now.

    1. In the front yard I have started to grow flowers. Still so much to do.
      The back yard right now looks like a dump. Hope to sort that out and start my vegetable garden there.

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