Last week the boys had their Spring Break and for the first time since I started teaching, I did not. Even though we typically have pretty low key Spring Breaks, I missed having a bit of a breather before the final month of the semester. We did manage to fit in a stack of appointments for the boys; dentists, hair cuts, etc. We also picked out four trees at a local nursery, The Greenery, and we had our landscaper plant them, and replaced the pine straw that the builder put in our included flower beds with mulch.

We picked three different maples, this is the Japanese Emperor I Maple:

This one is the Japanese Bloodgood Maple:

And this one is the Japanese Shaina Maple:


And we also picked out a Okame cherry blossom:


We loved the look of this fire bloom at The Greenery, but we didn’t have a plan for where to put it, so we are waiting for now:

I think our side yard would be a perfect spot, but we need to do more research on shade/sun amounts for the tree.

On Saturday we headed back out to The Greenery and picked up flowers, veggies, and herbs.

Our patio looks so pretty now! I love seeing the view of our backyard.

This is a little pot of lavender by my watering pitcher, coasters, and citronella candle for when the mosquitoes show up (which is now):

This hosta should have gorgeous flowers soon, although I’m a little worried I’m going to see a deer nibbling on it one morning (deer love hostas):


In the corner I have a pot of mint. The boys love making mint ice cream in the summer, but we have learned that mint always needs it’s own pot:


I took the plants I had potted on the front porch in the winter and repurposed them as ground cover around the mulch bed of the trees:

I complimented them with two new geraniums. Eventually we are also going to get a bench to go in between the trees.

Finally, we picked out rosemary, romaine lettuce, and a pepper plant:

And a tomato plant:


I included marigolds in each pot as they are a natural pest deterrent and pollinator as well. Since we were moving last year, we didn’t plant anything, and I missed it so much! Gardening is one of my favorite activities, and it makes our house feel so much more like a home having the new plants and trees. I still want to pick up a few more herbs, but I think this is a great start!

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