Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Brown Is Beautiful

Guess what Penelope is thinking about today? Beards? Nope. Romance novels? Not really. Gardens! Yep!

Finally, the snow has melted, and all of New England is.....brown. But brown is very, very beautiful. Why? Because it's not white. As in, covered with 7 feet of freakin' snow.

The only snow remaining is this dirty, gross pile in my neighbor's driveway. Our yard is finally free and clear!

Color coding for New England in March....

White = Hideous
Brown = Beautiful
Green = Nothing Short Of A Miracle

My courtyard garden is brown.....

My vegetable and herb garden is brown.....

Here is the one spot of green. God bless chives, bad-ass herb!

Here are Penelope's Gardening Plans for 2011....

  • Transplant potted fig tree into the ground. I'm sick of getting one $%#^* fig per year. I think if I put it in the courtyard garden, I should get a nice yield of fruits.
  • Attempt some new-for-me veggies: sweet potatoes, onions, bok choy or other Chinese veggies.
  • Try my quirky Lemon Extravaganza Garden this year: all yellow and white flowers (some edible, such as Johnny Jump-Ups, etc), lemon herbs, lemon tomatoes, and lemon tree. I've been wanting to try this out for a while.
  • Giant pumpkin patch with mini pumpkins and gourds.
  • Tons of greens (since they are now a major part of my diet): Boston bibb, mesclun mix, etc.
  • Add in: dahlias, star clematis, maybe lilacs (white and dark purple).

In addition to gardening, I am also thinking about Spring Vacation. In just a few short weeks, my family will be going to Captiva, Florida. Which brings up another important application of the phrase "brown is beautiful".....here is the color coding situation for my family:

5 Members of Penelope's Family....

  • Hubby = Brown (Filipino)
  • Son = Brown (Filipino)
  • Daughter = Brown (Filipino)
  • Dog = Black and Tan (Dachshund)
  • Penny = Pasty White Girl

Sun exposure is clearly not an issue for Lucy, the dachshund.

Last time we went to Sanibel (2009), my husband, son and daughter turned delightful shades of color ranging from honey-dark chocolate.

In preparation for this trip, I will be purchasing copious quantities of SPF 495, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, a big floppy hat, sunglasses, zinc oxide for my nose, and a beach umbrella. I also wrap my exposed skin up in towels, thereby resembling a mummy on the beach. And I watch from the safety of my shady spot while the rest of my family frolics on the sunny beach.


Otherwise, I end up looking like this.....

Brown is Beautiful. Lobster Red is Painful.

Anyone else planning a spring garden? Going somewhere fun for spring break?

Happy Spring,


Mandi said...

Is that your house?? Because I want it. Make space for me ;p

Penny Watson said...

Hi Mandi! Yep, we have a really cute cape. It's not big, but it has a lot of charm. And now a kick-ass kitchen since we did our remodel. But I think I might need a new addition for all of my romance novels!

Unknown said...

Beautiful home.
I was just outside and admiring the buds that are popping up on my flower bushes in the front garden.
Finally spring is showing some signs in New England!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Amber! My star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) has buds....it is such a great tree in the early spring. Can't wait for it to bloom!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I love that your family is brown and your house is SO cute!

I'm Hispanic and still pasty. Booooo!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju! My kids and I make fun of my hubby because he is the "whitest" Filipino guy in the family. He is pretty fair for a Filipino. My daughter gets a great tan, and my son gets super dark. I still slather them up with sun block just to be safe!

Heidenkind said...

I'm trying to decide which of my plants are dead. If they aren't budding now I should just toss them, I think. :(

Penny Watson said...

Perennials might look dead, but may still be viable. Try cutting them all the way down to the soil and see if a new plant sprouts up. Worth a try before you chuck them!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

You poor pasty white thing! What are we going to do with you? Don't turn yourself orange, please!
I love your house - love love love it! Let me know how your garden grows. I planted potatoes for the first time this year and I cannot wait to see how many I get!
Wish I could give you some of my chocolate color. Sorry...

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julia! I have never planted potatoes. I am going for some root veggies this year. I hope they work out!

Deb said...

How lovely was Sanibel? Seriously, I need to spend A LOT more time there. Hoping you had a fabulous trip.