I love living in Germany. The Spring is one of the things I will miss the most! While my family back home had snow this week, we are going on our 3rd week of complete and utter sunshine. The rest of the week here is supposed to be a perfect high 70′s.
Ok, quick post because I have a paper to write for school today. So I’ve mentioned that I started gardening this year. Band new to the whole gardening thing, but I’ve been around long enough to figure some things out. And guess what? Well, my front garden needs a bit of help! Of course it would be helpful next year to plant more flowers that are happy with shade, but when you start out is that really what your thinking? No, you think “this would look good here, hopefully I won’t kill it!” Well, I didn’t kill anything, but I sure need some sun! And so do the flowers. So much so, that many of them have taken on the task of growing sideways to get the sun! Including the most gorgeous flowers in my garden. Of course I don’t remember what they are called, because I bought the bulbs at the local drugstore (yes, at the drugstore! random I know!) and even if I remembered what they are called I’m sure it would be in German.
So here’s what they looked like:
Some of the flowers that have grown like this haven’t bothered me, but for some reason these did. I think I wanted to be able to just enjoy the full beauty of them. So me using my brain decided that I needed to prop them upright somehow. My first thought was a wooden stake, but I had no idea where I would find one around here. So, lightbulb! I walked across the street into the woods, and found a nice thick stick to use. And it worked wonders. And the plan was to use some thin safety wire I have because my husband thinks it is like duct tape and fixes anything. But I thought the safety wire might cut into the sides of the stems. So what could I use? Hello! YARN! Like I don’t have enough of that around here, right? So voilà! My flowers look much happier! Oh, and if anyone can tell me what these flowers are called, I would be forever grateful!!!
Well, not exactly! But the sunflowers are! So although the sun has been on a vacation the past two weeks (I mean we are talking highs in the 60′s) I’m very happy to see my sunflowers started to bloom. This is pretty much my first garden and I went a bit crazy with my favorite flowers. I think next year I may tone it down a bit and put all the sunflowers in one area. They are quite a wonderful site to brighten up our housing area when the locals drive by. At least they know the Americans are attempting to beautify our houses! I hope you enjoy the sunflowers as much as I do!
This one gives you an idea of how tall some really are
Here’s a great shot
My thumb has transformed from purple to green. I can’t seem to take care of a house plant, but sure did an OK job on my garden! If you’ve read my blog for a bit, you may remember my post about digging and planting my own garden. It is one of the few steps I have made toward domesticity in the past year. Well, I would consider it a partial success. My garden is a bit overgrown, partially because I don’t know what are weeds and what are flowers! And next year I may plant flowers, rather than seeds so I know what is there. But I do have some photographic proof that my thumb is starting to get green, I’d say maybe a nice pastel shade for now.