Or I could just sit for awhile…………………
As Winter gives way toward Spring, that urge to clean up, fix up, organize and generally put our lives and gardens in order seems to just be hard wired into our DNA. As the first promise of warmer weather and sunshine glimmers distantly in the air, off we go, rushing almost in unison, often still in our boots and sweaters, to our favorite sources for garden delights and the local Home Improvement Stores.
Here in the subtropics, Spring comes early and is very short lived. If you don’t get that Garden To Do List done early, then the heat, humidity and bugs soon put a damper on your enthusiasm. So even though it’s early January, my Spring Cleaning clock has begun ticking in earnest.
In making the rounds this morning with my brand new shiny 21st century version of the notebook To Do List (my first ‘Smart Phone’). I passed by the spot where the summer dog days stopped all but my most essential garden chores dead in their tracks last season. I could spend the rest of the day just making a list of the work that needs to be done in that one 12’x12′ area. The bougainvilleas are overgrown and desperately need to be pruned, a gate needs to be installed, the door painted, the stepping stones laid, the umbrella stand put up, and on and on. That feeling of being overwhelmed and annoyed at what was not achieved was fast pushing out the satisfaction and pride in what was accomplished last year.