Thanks to my friend Heather Kolmar for the guest post.
Gardening in the summer time is one of my absolute favorite activities for a multitude of reasons. As soon as the seasons change I know I can turn off the oregon direct tv specials that has accompanied my afternoons for the whole preceding winter season and finally head outdoors to do some serious working out of my green thumb. When the skies clear of clouds and turn blue I throw on my huge straw hat to block the sun’s rays from my eyes and I go outside with a little garden shovel. First I weed out all of those nasty weeds that have been snaking around my plants over the beginning of the spring and then I head out to the local gardening store. Once there, I always pick out a few new terra cotta pots that will house my new selection of flowering plants. Then I head over to the nursery and select a few new flowers that I have never had in my garden before. I like my garden to be a selection of tropical plants, plants native to the area, and new types of succulents or cactus. I even enjoy adding vegetables and fruits to my garden. When I have found the few perfect additions for this year’s garden I take them home, grab the shovel and begin to plant them.