One day early last week Ruby and I stopped in at a local thrift shop to look for a few more planters for the yard. Like most things in our home I can usually find most of what we need second-hand if I just keep an eye out for the things I know we'll need and look semi-regularly. I don't go hardly as often as I did a year ago unless I'm searching hard for something specific. This trip didn't disappoint with three beautifully worn and patterned terra cotta pots shown nested above.
We then stopped in at Lowe's for a few supplies to finish off the cedar panels I've built to give us a little more privacy and came home with flowers that remind me of California. Marigolds, Hens & Chicks, and the red ones above. I brought out the yellow blooms I'd been keeping indoors for some early spring cheer and finally set our sprouts outside to adjust to the weather now that it's warmer at night. Everything is still waiting on a free afternoon to be paired with a container and placed in it's happy spot but this little corner by our back door is already feeling better.
It helps that the original owner of this home added a variety of fruit trees to the backyard along with lilacs and another flowering bush that I still can't figure out above in pink. There's still not much chance that our lawn from last year will return, especially with this year's water restrictions, but we're going to make the most of the rest of our space. Let's hope the neighbor's new bird feeder continues to hold the squirrels' interest so they'll leave our sprouting vegetables alone!
I think I could spend all day outside planting and tending if it were possible.
P.S. The stories coming out of Moore, OK continue to be both sobering and hopeful. Have you seen this video of the woman who thought she'd lost her dog and then they found him while filming her for a news piece?