Tuesday, March 20, 2012

signs of spring

I am working from home today. Outside I hear the birds chirping and notice tiny buds on the bare brown branches. Could it be? Is spring really here? Checking the calendar I see today is the vernal, or spring, equinox.  This equinox signals the beginning of nature's renewal in our part of the world.

For me it signals the start of lots of garden parties and outdoor entertaining, flowering white hydrangeas and vibrant green grass and, oh yes, a ton of work to get the gardens ready for all that!

We're funny here in the Pacific Northwest. The moment we see the sun we pull on the shorts and sandals, even if it's a balmy 45 degrees, and head outside. That might be why I find myself gravitating to my yard work and my 'to do' list rather than working. Here's what I have so far:

Schedule pressure washing of driveway, walkway, backyard patio and patio set
Schedule window washer
Clean out the gutters and downspouts
Service the lawn mower
Pull out dead plants and shrubs that didn't make it over the long, wet winter 
Clean the fountain, service the motor, turn it on
Change the furnace filter and smoke alarm batteries (every spring and fall)
Plant my bare root hydrangeas
Clean the BBQ grill and cover, pull out BBQ utensils and cookbooks
Test the water hose and spray nozzle front and back
Locate and wash outdoor accessories like lanterns, votives, linens, outdoor ware
Wash off outdoor cushions and pillows and spray with a mildew protector
Talk with my local garden store about when and what to plant for color
Fluff up front porch urns with new plantings
Clean front porch ceiling and wax front door
Pull out front porch screen and have repairs made prior to installing in June

Well, work is calling and obviously I have some calls to make. If you need a copy of my preferred vendor resource guide, pop me an email with your address and I will send one off.

Happy spring everyone!

Until next time

la chasse au bonheur

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