It's said that one never gets a second chance to make a first impression.
With that in mind, last Sunday, after I spread the last of the
10 yards of mulch around the house, I looked at all the naked flower
pots lining the walk and the front porch. Of the 6 pots, three are
rather large and all that empty dirt seemed to be calling for flowers.
I do after all, want to sell this house, and I want to get out
of Dodge as soon as possible.
So I decided to take a chance, we were in the 6th day of 70 plus
degree temperatures and the forecast for Monday was to be more than
80 degrees, quite unusual for this time of year. So I decided to
splurge on flowers, and instead of buying flats, this time I went
out and bought 2 flats of pansies to be mixed with 6 pots of pansy
arrangements, each arrangement costing about 15 bucks.
The effect was nice, and monday as I took the afternoon off to
work on bagging all the debris from cleaning the beds (15 bags)
I took a shot of the flowers.
But that was then, and this is Michigan after all.
And it also appears that I spoke too soon in my previous entry,
about how great the spring has been here in the Detroit suburbs.
And besides, in another week it will be May first. And those of
us who were living back in 1923, just might remember the May 9th
snowstorm that dumped about a foot of snow, just north of Detroit.
Wait, I wasn't living in 1923.
I've always kind of thought that the end of the snow in Michigan
came somewhere in the early weeks of April, the 8th to be precise,
since that's my brother's birthday. I do remember seeing flakes
on his birthday from time to time.
But this is different.
It's 29 degrees outside (-1 C) and I don't care if pansies aren't,
I fear for my flowers.
Besides, the forecast is for an additiional 4 plus inches today,
with a winter storm warning in effect till 11pm.
I think we have already had about 3 inches, because that's about
how much snow is piled up on the coldest surfaces of the deck, and
it appears that there won't be any real problem with accumulation
on the roads since they were so warm from the last week of sun.
So now, the path to the hot tub, and it's cover have already been
shoveled and that's where I'm headed.
Because the pansies have been wheeled into the garage, where I
hope they weather the storm well, tucked in right next to the bumpers.