Most of the snow is gone – there are still patches and the local parking lots still have short mountains of dirty snow.
Dad was the gardener in our family. Out in the yard every evening, pulling weeds and encouraging the flowers to grow.
The summer after Mom died, dad came out to Overland Park, KS to spend some time with us. We’d just had some major landscaping done and it was time to fill in with some annuals. Dad and I hit K-Mart or whatever and bought a flat of Alyssum to put out front. We’ve all bought those six-packs of annuals. Take out the plant and plug it into the ground. Right? Not when you’re planting with dad… My frugal dad (some might have called him cheap but for this – he was frugal) showed me how to take out that 1/6 of a package and then pull it apart to get 4 or more spindly little plants. Which you then put in the ground using a pencil or something like it to make the hole.
Today, we bought some Alyssum. Today, I pulled each little plant apart and planted my little spindly plants. Today, I thought about dad as I sat outside and worked in the yard. It was nice.
Oh – Alyssum smells wonderful.
And yes, it might be too soon but you know, I had to try. If it snows again, I’ll go out and cover them.