Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Neighbors Are One Upping Us

Our neighbor has been outside working on his lawn, his front lawn, for about 6 hours now. And, this is not the first or only time he has worked on it since spring has arrived. Nope, he has been out there almost every day. Today involved a long orange extension cord, a leaf blower and other things. This is the same neighbor that was sweeping when the police arrived the other day. And to the left of us, our neighbors are re-mulching around the trees they just mulched the other day. I also heard them out there splitting wood. They are 90.

Do you know what I did today?
  1. Unpacked two boxes (yes I still have boxes that need to be unpacked from the move. Don't even get me started on all of the boxes I have at my mom's house that have been stored there for years. Scary.).
  2. Looked for Nelson pictures (yes, they are currently lost. You would think having their own photo album would make it easier. Nope. Yes, I just admitted they have their own album. Scary.).
  3. Did two loads of laundry and dried and folded one of B's.
  4. Took a long nap
The neighbors are making me look bad. I am not the only one that thinks this as B remarked about it earlier. As I told B, we are not 90 and retired and neither of us has been offered a buyout where we have every day free to putz around. B is back up to a 7 day work week and, frankly, I wouldn't know what to do with the yard besides photograph the array of flowers and plants that are popping up which, luckily for you, I have been doing! I love that we have absolutely no idea what the former people planted and that they planted such a variety of things, that items are popping up literally over night.

The tulips are my favorite so far:

Don't know what these are going to be yet:

Pretty pink:

And purple:

And blue:

And gorgeous tulips again:

White ones with some purple thrown in:

More white:

More pink:

More tulips:

And these lone ones in the front yard (the rest are in the back):

There, you have it, our self growing flower garden as of right now. B did plant some flowers recently, but I am not telling what they are yet. It will be a surprise.

And even on the dreariest of days there is some color as evidenced by this beautiful bush right outside B's TV room:

Look at that color! Of course B, taking lessons from me, did not even notice said bush. As I was on the couch talking to him I spotted it and exclaimed "wow! What kind of bush is that!" to which he responded "what bush?" Um, just that big yellow bush over your shoulder:

He later looked it up and told me it was a forsythia plant. When I looked it up it said it was a sign that spring was coming which thrilled me since it was pouring rain at the time.

To end, I will leave you with a picture of my neighbor's beautiful flowering tree. This would be the 90 year old neighbors.

B and I both wish we had a flowering tree. We have a huge tree that is just now starting to bud, but no flowers. It will provide a lot of shade though. Pictures of that later.

11 important things being said:

Jennifer said...

Your flowers are beautiful!!! So pretty. Without even trying you have more flowers than we do!

*~Dani~* said...

I know! And I really love the "without even trying" part!

Ruth said...

What a nice surprise to have all those beautiful flowers in your yard!

*~Dani~* said...

It really is a surprise! The nicest one!! I love going out there every morning and when I get back from the office to see what has happened. There will definitely be more pics coming soon!

Andhari said...

Here I thought such flower trees can only be found here..

j'lynn said...

Are your 90 year old or newly bought-out neighbors for rent? I can't even handle just the grass I have!

fingers said...

I think you'll find mystery plants #2 are in fact carrots...

Debbie said...

Oh everything is so beautiful! I love the first tulips you posted too. You are doing better than us. Since we built our house, we have a dirt lawn! We were given some flowers recently, so we have a potted hydrangea on the front porch and a hanging basket of flowers on our lamp post. oh yes, we are the envy of the neighborhood!

Ronald said...

I think the green one is poison ivy, but I am not sure. Little do the neighbors know that B is a grad from one of the top three dirt schools in the country.

*~Dani~* said...

Andhari - sometimes we have pretty flowering trees over here too ;)

jlynn - if they are for rent, we are SO hirin them!

fingers - interesting perspective. We will have to see what they do...

Debbie - it is easy for us as we have not had to plant any of these. One good things the previous peeps left us!

*~Dani~* said...

Dad - yes, the neighbors have no clue about B's mad skills. They will find out though. In fact, I think i heard him discussing it with them earlier today...

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