Green With Envy

I am envious of my neighbours. It’s not their houses, their cars or their fancy clothes and toys. It’s their south- and east-facing yards.


You see, our front yard faces north. Not north-east or west-northwest – directly north. If you walk strait of our front porch and keep going, you will eventually meet up with Santa at the North Pole.  And to top it off, it is shaded by two mature maple trees. Definitely not prime gardening conditions.

It is great on a hot summer day – our porch is always a cool spot to enjoy a Popsicle or cocktail in the late afternoon. Our lawn stays green long after the hot August sun has scorched everyone else’s and our late summer blooms last longer than any other on the street. But at this time of year, and especially this year, I am jealous of all the spring blooms in the south- and east-facing front yards of the neighbourhood. Even the quirky bachelor across the street who never goes outside or mows his lawn has a beautiful show of tulips and daffodils while mine are still struggling to find light.

I spend so much precious time working on my beds – mulching, weeding, watering, weeding again… only to have to wait. Impatiently. At least I have a view full of pretty blooms off my porch and a cold cocktail while I sit waiting.

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