|Basement spread across the backyard to dry.|
|More basement stuff. This we stored in the car!|
|Plastic sheets covering basement furniture and schoolwork.|
|Because of the moisture, several feet of drywall had to be removed.|
|The living room doing double duty as storage.|
Now for my friend's gorgeous spring garden, the original topic for this post. The bright green grasses are just now making an appearance.
|Grasses along the pavers.|
We have had an early spring, so the ground cover next to the River Birch is almost completely filled in. Don't miss the papering bark on the tree trunk.
The contrast of the new grass against last year's dried growth is lovely.
|Karl Foster grass showing new and old growth.|
|Cat mint just beginning to climb the stone path.|
|Contrasting plant shoots add color to the garden, even without perennial flowers that will arrive later.|
'Found' stones are often at their best in the spring garden when they are the most visible and create dramatic contrast with new growth.
Gardening is a passion with me, so even in the dead of winter I like to have something growing in the house. A few weeks ago, after passing a difficult certification exam for work, I treated myself to a creamy white orchid. And I learned a new trick about watering orchids. Place 3-5 ice cubes at the base of the plant once a week. This satisfies an orchid's water needs and doesn't rot the roots.
My poor orchid is not in it's usual spot because of the 'flood', but it is surviving beautifully and doesn't seem to mind the disruption. The photo above does not do it justice.
Enjoy your weekend!