I decided to take my 27 Things philosophy and apply it to the garden. My approach was to look at each pot as one thing and I did this with individual flower beds as well. My goal was to complete 27 Things in a couple of hours. I first tackled the 14 potted plants on the porch. It actually took much longer than I thought it would but I removed dead leaves, dead flowers, snipped here and there to shape some of the plants, added dirt to some containers, planted a few new little plants, wiped off cobwebs and debris on the outside of the pot, and gave them all a good watering. It was very satisfying and everything looked so fresh and healthy. We've had really high heat here in Northern California, well over 100 degrees, and the heat can really wilt and burn a plant that is not hydrated enough.
|Front porch jade plant and basket with ivy and inpatients!|
|More potted plants on front porch.|
I also used our blower to sweep off the dirt and debris from the front porch. I would love to have used water but we are experiencing a drought here in California so the blower does the same thing without use of water. I then worked in 3 flower beds in the front yard, primarily weeding and clearing out dead leaves, etc. I think because I had the focus of 27 Things I was willing to keep working and the work paid off as the front yard looked really good.
Next I tackled the back patio. I have 9 potted plants on the back patio and basically did the same to those pots as I did on the front porch. I have a beautiful tree azalea that still had dead flowers on it and I was able to clean that up. Also for some reason, I had lots of weeds in the patio pots that needed to be pulled out. I finished up my small tasks with a clean-up of one flower bed that has a beautiful Japanese Maple that needed some dead branches trimmed off.
So, 14 pots on the front porch, 9 pots on the back patio, 3 front yard flower beds, and 1 flower bed on the back patio and I've got my 27 Things. It did take several hours and I was hot, sweaty and dirty when I finished but it felt so satisfying finishing up those tasks. I've wanted to work out there for days but couldn't get motivated. Thinking in terms of 27 Things was just what the doctor ordered!