After oh-so-many false starts, it seems spring has sprung bringing April showers and what appears to be hope for gorgeous May flowers.
While recovering from surgery I have truly missed playing in my gardens; pruning rose bushes, weeding beds and planting early spring blooms. Audley has been a gem keeping me occupied and distracted from some of the things I would really rather be doing, and has even gone so far as to tackle some of my favorite spring activities himself.
But one of the sweetest things he did for me was to bring a little gardening in the house for me to enjoy.
Choosing a few early spring plants that included miniature daffodils, primrose, African daisy and a silver leaf annual, I was able to play in the dirt and enjoy a bit of gardening without putting myself in a position that the doctor definitely would not approve! Making an indoor garden box was super easy and fairly quick to put together.
For this little project I took a tool caddy that I assembled & stained from a kit that Home Depot donated to the attendees at last years Haven Conference in Atlanta. Audley drilled holes in the base of the box for drainage purposes.
First, I added Miracle Grow potting soil about 2/3 of the way full.
I removed the plants from their pots and broke up the compacted dirt and roots from their bases before planting them in the little tool caddy.
Finally, I arranged them in a way that I found appealing, watered well, and then placed them on my coffee table to enjoy the blooms for a couple of weeks.
By using a mixture of perennials and annuals, I can plant the daffodils to bloom out in the yard next spring, and add the silver-leafed foliage to other container gardens to last throughout the summer.
Bright and cheery.
And if your aren’t supposed to be doing certain chores, you can have your kiddos do most of the clean-up which makes it even more fun!
What I liked best about this quick little project was that not only was it easy and enjoyable, it would make a great gift for someone else to enjoy if they are having to stay at home and recover from an illness or surgery. It’s a cheerful and lasting gift.
As for me, I was released from the doctor three days ago for light workouts and housework. While I am sure my version of light and the doctor’s are not on the same wavelength, I do plan to ease back into the things I enjoy, including outdoor gardening! Audley and I are planning to attack our raised beds this weekend, so stay tuned for a little herb and vegetable inspiration!