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.
Raincatcher’s Garden without the buzz!
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.
Starla and son and dog sheltering in place.
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.
Front yard with Columbine, Iris, and a backdrop of Loropetalum.
Bridal wreath and white Agapanthus. Other white flowers in Starla’s garden include dianthus, candytuft and snowball viburnum.
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.
A surprise bouquet from Starla. Starla, won’t you be my neighbor?
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