Yard Work by Susan R. Hughes

After a long winter, there’s nothing like the first warm, sunny spring day. A week ago, I wore my heavy winter coat to go out and the cold wind froze my hands. Today I was overheating in my shorts. Spring has sprung quite suddenly, and wonderful as it is, the melted snow brings a multitude of chores that have to be done.


Little Helpers

Today we finally took down the Christmas lights off the gutters. Next, the girls and I raked the yard and pruned some dead plants, before heading to the park for some leisure time. We’ll get back to work next weekend. There’s a fence that needs mending, deck repairs that we put off last fall, edging in the garden that’s rotted and looks terrible, overgrown trees that need to be removed. The planting beds need to be cleaned up and mulched to make way for the perennials that have started to push out of the ground.

In the summer, when the grass starts to grow like crazy, along with the weeds, it’s harder to keep up—especially when the weather gets hot and you’d rather just sit in the shade with a cool drink. All the work is worth it when my purple irises bloom, then the hostas, the bright orange poppies, the pink hydrangeas, and finally the phlox. My favourites are the yellow flowers beside the deck—I planted them myself but I don’t remember what they’re called. They blooms for weeks and they are gorgeous.

My garden will never win any prizes. It’s always overgrown. But it’s the best I can manage, and I can’t wait to see my flowers return after a long winter sleep.

13 thoughts on “Yard Work by Susan R. Hughes

  1. And the twins are growing like weeds!

    Your season is so short that flowers are such a treasure. Enjoy them and remember that most weeds also bloom. Tell yourself that they aren’t weeds, they are indigenous and native plants that Nature has provided for you. (My hubby used to say if he knew it was a weed, then so did the neighbors, and I better get into the garden and start yanking.)

    As for it being too hot to garden? Come visit me in July. You’ll learn what hot is! 🙂

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  2. Having your kids participate doing yardwork not only teaches them responsibility, but quality time together. Enjoy your time, kids grow up so quickly. Before you know it, they’ll be tending their own homes and yards!


  3. Susan, it was soooo cold the weekend before last and in the high 70’s this past weekend. I went out and got flowers for my baskets yesterday, I was so excited! So wonderful that your girls are helping as well. Looks like you had a great day!


  4. I leave all the outdoorsy stuff, including the garden, to the Hubster. I can kill a plant by looking at it. Pets and kids are my expertise. I think it’s because they can voice their needs for food, fluids, nurturing, and other necessities. If only plants could speak…


  5. I love gardening. It’s great to see you get the girls involved. They’ll enjoy growing things although they may not be vocal about it. That first weekend when the weather is mild enough to work in the yard is a joy for me. My purple irises have been blooming at our country house since March. They’re fading now, but the day lilies are loaded with blooms just waiting to pop open. At home in Houston, my tomatoes are growing, and the Easter lilies I planted in the garden last year after the blooms faded are getting ready to bloom. When the Knockout roses start blooming, I’ll have to take a picture and post it.


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