Now that it is mid-July and the summer heat is ON… life for me goes into the slow lane. After our vacation to Mexico, I find I am enjoying life at a slower pace. Vacation is all about relaxing and exploring new places, where going into the slow lane is all about home life and just enjoying puttering around the house without a to-do list or an agenda.
Once mid-August arrives, I know I will be back at it, but in a more organized and refreshed way since I went into the slow lane for awhile to get recharged.
One thing I have always liked to do when I first get up in the warmer months is make my tea, or coffee as I have been craving lately instead of tea. I take it out on the deck to enjoy the stillness of the lake and nature all around waking up with me.
I water the flowers in the planters and once that is done, eat breakfast, workout and take a shower. Now that I am in the slow lane, I am allowing myself to spend more time on the deck before the heat begins to soar and not hurrying off into my day.
While we were on vacation, my neighbor looked after our house, got the mail, watered flowers etc. I told her not to worry about watering the flower planters with the scraggly Verbena in it on the deck since the rabbits basically destroyed any chance for it to thrive. I tried a few methods to stop them, but the rabbits won. Life is too short to try to battle with them so…
… last week I just removed the chomped-up Verbena and replanted the deck planters with pink Vinca that the rabbits don’t like and is thriving in my front flower bed under a Crepe Myrtle.
The previous owner left the wood barrel-style planters on the deck and out in the garden. I liked how they looked since they blend in with the wooded, tree lined yard. Up until our trip to Mexico, I just needed to water the planters once a day, but now that it’s mid-July and the heat is on, the flowers and perennials are wilting. I am finding I need to water them at least twice a day to keep them vibrant and full. The front yard flower bed gets watered by an in-ground sprinkler system, so I just have to weed that one every once in a while.
Last summer, to make it easy to water, I bought two of those expandable hoses, one for the front yard to hose off the driveway, wash the cars and front porch and one for the deck planters. When I reattached them to the spigots in the spring, the one in the front burst. :-( So much for that $45 dollar hose. I went online and found these hoses usually only last a season. What a waste of money. The one on the deck was still OK, but about a week later I found it sprung a leak midway in the hose. Double waste!
With the summer heat approaching, I had to get a new hose and remembered Gilmour reaching out to me to see if I would like to try out a super duty hose and nozzle. I found the email, wrote back and said yes.
I was sent a Gilmour Super Duty Flexogen hose and nozzle. It is heavy duty, but lightweight enough for me to handle on a daily basis. I liked the fact that it was durable and stands up to frequent use, season after season. YES! No more wasting money on hoses that only last a season.
At first glance I thought the nozzle was just a traditional nozzle, but on closer inspection, I noticed it had a thumb control, where there is no need to keep squeezing a handle. Turn on, turn off and adjust water flow all with an easy flip of the thumb. You get complete control, plus a break for your hand and 8 sprays to meet every watering and cleanup need.
I water the flowers on the Flower and or Soft Wash setting.
Did you notice this planter still has Verbena in it? It is the only planter where the flowers were not totally destroyed by the rabbits. I told Ed I think it is because the rabbits must be frightened of the driftwood Cormorant that the previous owner of the house made and left. We liked and kept it. What a good sentry!
Since I water the planters every day and now twice a day, I like the lightweight ease of handling the hose and being able to…
… take it to the far end of the deck to reach every planter.
Since I began the double watering, the newly planted flowers are starting to take off and thrive and there is not a rabbit in sight. :-)
Now I just need to hope my slow lane brain likes to putter around after I water to weed out the pine straw and clover that seem to show up daily in the planters. :-)
After I water, I sit back in slow lane mode. I like to watch the bird feeders. This one attracts yellow finches and small Pileated Woodpeckers…and of course a squirrel or two that tries with all its might to get food from this feeder.
I try not to watch the clock, but just sit and enjoy the quiet…
…and the sound of the wind chimes when the breeze blows.
This is my favorite time of the day and for the next few weeks I plan to enjoy life in the slow lane sitting right here.