April 7, 2020
Until 3 weeks ago I had no idea what “Shelter in Place” would look like, I just knew I didn’t like the sound of it.
On Monday, I went to The Raincatcher’s Garden before restrictions went into effect on Tuesday. The garden was showing signs of spring; wildflowers, vegetables, new growth, flowering trees and shrubs, and irises. Although the bees were about their normal business of pollinating, it was lacking the normal buzz of people.
We are now about 2 or 3 weeks into Shelter in Place – How are things going? To be really honest, this girl is having a hard time staying put There are plenty of things to do at home, inside and out, but it’s the NOT going, and NOT connecting that’s the real challenge.
I am a social gardener. I realize that my energy comes from interaction with people as much as growing things, so this quarantine is difficult to say the least.
But on the bright side, my yard is awash with color; yellow columbine, red and pink roses, purple irises, and pink Indian hawthorn and many white flowers.
With all of this springtime bounty, I have found a distraction that stays within the boundaries of social distancing and provides an outlet for me.
Wanting to surprise my neighbor from across the street, I asked to borrow a vase. She agreed and then the fun began, after flowers and greenery were chosen from the yard, an arrangement was created and placed on her porch.
It was fun to bring a little joy, some sweet scents, and colorful flowers to an unsuspecting neighbor in this time of uncertainty. My kitchen has turned into a florist’s workshop as I continue to create garden bouquets for my neighbors.
Everyone is dealing with this situation differently, but this has helped me to stay connected while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
I can’t wait to get back to regular routines and friends, but in the meantime this will be my outlet. By the way, can I borrow a vase?
What are you doing to bring a little sunshine to those in your circle? Dallas Garden Buzz would like to hear how you are dealing with this disruption of our normal patterns. Leave a comment to let us know.
Starla Willis with captions by Ann Lamb
I am taking pictures and videos of my yard as it comes back to life and blooms abundantly And I share them on various different garden Facebook pages as well as my own Facebook page. Additionally I am making 100% cotton facemasks for an oncology center in Carrollton as well as for my family and friends.
Janet, it’s lovely to hear from you and your outreach. We can’t be with people but can reach out in other ways. Thank you for being the first to respond to our blog this morning.
Thank is such a wonderful idea! We don’t have many flowers in my garden. I would love some from yours;)
Look for them on your walks if walking – Its amazing where you find some beautiful things
Starla, that bouquet is gorgeous!! I’m so jealous of all your flowers and your talent!
So glad we have springtime growth and blooms to help us through this !