Best weekend in a long time: last week with my family in Tennessee, on what must have been the sunniest weekend of the summer. We spent lots of time outside, sitting on my parents’ porch, going to a vineyard and drinking lots of wine and eating a picnic dinner. Drew and I walked around a little, took a (sassy fashion blog) picture or two. But mostly we just relaxed, because things have been stressful around here, and sitting outside in the sunshine was just what we needed.
We’re in the process of overhauling our house, and it’s mostly not fun stuff: cleaning closets, deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, finding things that we’d forgotten we’d even had. Drew’s been busy in the yard clearing out and cutting down and making way for new landscaping, which was where the fun part came in.
I’ve said it before, but I don’t have a green thumb. Any plant I take care of indoors ultimately dies, because I don’t really take care of it. I forget. I’m more interested in outdoor plans anyhow. We never got around to planting that garden I read up on, but most of the herbs we planted are still alive and well. All but the cilantro—no matter how many times we plant it it just fries in the heat. But the other herbs have been great this summer. It rains so much that it doesn’t even matter if I forget to water them.
Last weekend Drew cleared out our front yard (which is really just a city yard and more of a glorified flower bed), and we went to nurseries to get plants to make it over. We got tall grass and little cactuses and flowers that look like they belong in the desert. We tried to find gray pea gravel to turn it all into a rock garden, and drove around town looking for it, and had no luck until Drew remembered Garden*Hood.
I’m not sure why we’d never been there before. It’s one of my favorite spots in the city now, maybe because it doesn’t really feel like anything else in Atlanta. Painted black facades and lots of grasses and cactuses. And lots of inspiration for the day when we’ll have a bigger yard.