There are three things that have been taking up my time lately (and why I haven't written here at all, checked Reader or done any knitting at all) - marking to get ready for report cards, getting set for LB's party (we are doing a soccer theme and it's been so much fun to plan so far!) and endless family birthdays. I had a P.A. Day for report writing today and got them 99% done and school should be done in three weeks so once LB's party is done, life should get back to normal. June is always so crazy!
One thing that I have managed to find some time for is the garden. You don't see all that many photos of it here but it is an endless job. We have a side yard for the kids with a rose and some flowers I have planted (and a vast collection of dandelions which had to be pulled), a front yard with three beds and a yard on the north side with my rose bed and our veggie garden. Add on a whole lot of brick patio space (which was added by the previous owner) that seems to constantly need weeding and the gardens could take up all of our time. There's also a back stretch but we've turned that over to the dogs so other than a little corner Dh uses for growing beans, it's allowed to basically run wild.
A number of my favourites are getting ready to offer their beauty. It's funny but I have several flowers that always seem to open on my birthday. It is probably a fluke but it always seems like a special kind of gift!
Anyway, here is where we are at. In this bed, the hydrangea is still small but I definitely see new growth underneath and it gives a nice splash of colour. The hostas have gone crazy, which is nice - I want to create a shade bed in the side yard next year and I plan to separate these and use them there.