When Spring arrives, two things always
drive my thoughts and actions.
Not a year goes by that
both of these things do not happen.
Some years better than others.
It's not like I write them down in my planner to do
so I don't forget them.
No, these two things are yearly rituals,
part of the ebb and flow of my life.
No way around them.
Planting flowers is more fun than cleaning,
but cleaning is satisfying when a cleaning project is finished.
One place where these two activities converge is
the plant shelf in the sunspace.
A Spring refresh for the plant shelves
is both satisfying and fun.
Everything comes off the shelves
so the shelves can be washed as well as all of the contents.
Then comes the fun part,
arranging things and adding herbs and flowers
to brighten the kitchen and to welcome Spring sunshine.
A quick tour surrounding the plant shelves...
This is the view from the entry of our house.
The stand is one of the first things everyone sees as they enter.
The stand after this year's Spring refresh
has live plants on every level.
Most of the year an ivy wreath sits on the top shelf.
At Christmas time, the ivy is replaced.
Some years with a poinsettia,
but last year it was a fresh boxwood wreath.
Sitting at an angle the shelf has one foot in the kitchen
and one foot in the living room making it visible in both rooms.
Or should I have said, two feet in the kitchen
and two feet in the living room?
The bookcase used as a potting shelf sits next to the metal plant shelves
which makes it easy to reach potting tools.
My favorite blue-checked chair sits on the other side of the plant shelf
which helps me keep a close eye on when the plants need watering.
A common theme for the shelves is birds.
Signs, houses, and tins collected over the years
keep reappearing, sometimes in different places.
Lavender plants are among my favorite plants each Spring.
The lilac twine comes in handy all around the house and garden.
Replacing lavender plants is a yearly job.
The Texas heat does them in every year.
The nest sign hides the plastic water spray bottle
used to mist plants and to chase cats off the table.
Plastic, a needed evil.
Cats on tables, an unneeded evil.
I love my cats, but do not love everything they do.
Ivy wreaths are more plants that I have to replace on a regular basis.
Spider mites kill them.
Shades of blue and lavender...
colors usually seen every year on the plant stand.
Lobelia bedding plants are annual flowers that I plant every Spring.
I cannot remember for certain when I first discovered lobelias,
but I think I saw them for the first time in hanging baskets
on street lamps in Victoria, Canada,
far away and many years ago.
Each year I watch for the first lobelia plants at the nurseries.
That's one of the signs of Spring for me.
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- Clean and make-over the closet in the master bathroom. Everything in its place. √
- Plant shelf Spring refresh. √
- Plant lobelias in pots on the deck. √
- Clean the mudroom and install new shelves - Begun, but not finished
- The list is a lot longer, but would be discouraging for me to see it all.
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What are your yearly rituals?
How is your list of accomplishing them coming?
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