Saturday, May 25, 2013

Brighten Your Day Giveaway: The Scents of Home

I hear a number of my friends talk about how much they hate living in Memphis. Or, when they move away, there's a lot of bad mouthing and reminiscing about how much they hated Memphis. I've been guilty of it myself but maybe not so much lately.

We've had two chances to move away and we didn't take either of them. The first time, we had just gotten married and we decided to stay rather than try to relocate in North Carolina because we had such a great community of friends and family. And the second time, we considered Colorado and stayed for the same reason. Right after we chose to stay, we bought our current house. Although many of our friends rolled their eyes at us when we decided to stay put, I haven't regretted it. I can imagine that our experience with Garrett would have been different surrounded by strangers and without the medical care of one of the best high risk doctors in the country.
If you need flowers that survive in this area, I highly recommend coreopsis and salvia. Also, phlox and verbena which aren't in the photo.

I don't know why but this year I am hyper aware of the strangest thing...the way this area smells. The honeysuckles, trees, roses, just everything that comes together to make the scent of late spring and early summer in the bluff city. It smells like nostalgia. Or like a book about the Old South with its warm nights on the front porch with lemonade and fireflies.
I had to prune the heck out of the rose bushes and they seemed to survive it just fine!

Maybe it's because, for the first time, I'm really growing things? I have herbs, flowers, and fruit that survived the winter and my complete lack of growing talent. The strawberries are exploding and the roses I pruned smell divine. I harvested the first herbs this week and froze them for later.

Autumn doesn't love wind in her face or the noise of it so she's spent a good chunk of our drive times irritated with me. I put the windows down every chance I get to breathe in the cut grass and honeysuckle. I know it'll only be days before we're all laying around, praying for a break in the humidity. But for now, we experience spring with all of our senses.
I love this house but, boy, learning landscaping has been tough!! Especially since it was neglected so long before we bought it.

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