The End of Summer and a Contest!

The last weekend of summer is here. It’s bittersweet for me.

Summer is my absolute most favorite season of the year. My skin gets darker, my hair gets lighter, I feel warmer, my spirit feels sunnier and I get to relax and enjoy my coffee in peace while my kids sleep in until I decide I’m ready to make them breakfast. I have also had ENOUGH of summer and I’m pretty sure my 3 little ducks have too. They are fighting and picking at each other like cage fighters in a championship match over who wins the lifetime supply of fresh brownies. About two weeks ago I came up with a new household rule “Nobody is allowed to touch anyone until you no longer live under my roof.” It didn’t have the results I had hoped to achieve (I needed to add a clause about the car too). I threw up my hands, waved the white flag, grabbed my headphones and a glass of wine. My patience pockets full of ‘the good mom’ are completely empty.

In 4 sleeps (we count sleeps as we anxiously wait for an exciting day) I will be singing “The Wheels on the Bus” like a full-crazed person in my head, as I solemnly wave goodbye to my little darlings. The bus will pull away and their summer days of messy hair, baths at the pool and Minecraft are over. In 4 sleeps I will be trading a chronically messy house and sibling fights for packing lunches and pretending like I know 6th grade math (there’s an app for that, in case anyone else has discovered they maxed out at 5th grade math like me).  I. AM. THRILLED!!!!  I wish I could bottle this happiness up for next May when I’m tired of homework and packing healthy lunches that they don’t eat. I’m going to stay in the moment and chuckle at what how we are creatures of change always looking for the next shift. “Live in the moment” –  whatever…I’m counting down my 4 sleeps!

In addition to my count down, I am also thinking of TULIPS, DAFFODILS and ALLIUMS….OH MY! My favorite bulb company (ok, I’m bias) is hosting a Facebook Sweepstakes and you could win $100 to shop on their site. The kids are going back to school so treat yourself to a pedicure and a chance to win (the pedicure is on you, the chance to win is on them).

If you love bulbs (or just want to try them for the first time), this contest is for you! Just LIKE Longfield Gardens Facebook page, then register to win here.

Here’s a glimpse of my favorite varieties this fall. What are your favorite fall planted, spring blooming bulbs?

Ornamental Onion Allium Globemaster from Longfield Gardens

 Tulip Double Late Parade of Pink Mix from Longfield Gardens

Daffodil Narcissus Naturalizing Mix from Longfield Gardens

Tulip Tulip Darwin Hybrid Apricot Impression from Longfield Gardens*Photos courtesy of Longfield Gardens, LLC  •  All rights reserved

A Dog, a Chipmunk and the Tulips That Will Never Be

Tulips are beautiful. I absolutely LOVE tulips. We’ve had an abnormally late start to spring, so not much more than my daffodils and crocus are blooming right now. Considering today is 82 degrees, I think spring took so long to show up, summer decided she was done waiting around for that diva and stole the show.

DaffodilsWell hello there sunshine and beacon of spring!

Tulips are the grand finale in the spring garden show for me….except not this year. Last fall I planted hundreds of tulip bulbs in my landscape. There has been a TON of rain here in West Michigan, so I haven’t been able to keep up with spraying them for deer and critters. Fortunately, the spray I was able to keep on my landscape beds successfully kept the deer out. Sadly, it did not keep the chipmunk that lives under the porch from enjoying a buffet of delicious bulbs.

Tulips, spring 2012Tulips of spring past.

I have a dog. She is 80lbs of pure fun, love and laughs. When her and I head out on our runs, she unintentionally satisfies my interval training. Running with Maggie goes something like this…SPRINT! (squirrel)….STOP (pee)….SPRINT! (rabbit)….run slow (sniff)….repeat. So, I find it incredibly ironic that this brilliant puppy who wants to chase everything knows how to sit, shake, heel, lay down and knows what ‘treat,’ ‘pancake’ and ‘go wake up the kids’ means cannot keep a darn chipmunk out of my garden. I had an old cat who did a better job at keeping the local wildlife in line better than this big old chocolate lab. Maggie looks big and scary, her bark sounds vicious, she’s not afraid of thunder or deer and she will jump into any pool of water. But can she protect the tulips? Nope. I have no tulips, but I have the love of a big old sweetheart.

Maggie

“What? Oh, you mean I’m supposed to chase things when I’m OFF the leash too?”