I Am the Flower Avenger
by Jarad Johnson
Do you ever look at other people’s yards? I do. I’m always curious as to what my neighbors are growing. There are some basics that I’ve noticed: Forsythia, hostas, and roses. Forsythia in particular seem to be in every yard I see. Sometimes people have trees, but other than the wayward maple or redbud I don’t see them often. Often, houses will have hanging baskets on the front porch, or in one instance, a very sad looking petunia.
The people around me don’t seem to enjoy gardening very much, I guess. Their yards overall are kind of disappointing. I have some neighbors a little way down the road who moved into a house with a gorgeous row of very tall trees in the front, and they removed them all. I was horrified, wondering why anyone would choose to take out those trees in favor of a bare lawn. Grass is in, apparently. There’s no color in these lawns, no excitement, or spark of creativity. Just grass and boxwoods, plants I’ve never really liked in excess. There is one house that planted some black eyed Susan’s around their mailbox, and I’m always very glad to see the pop of color when I go on. It can feel like I’m in a sea of grass. I look at some of the larger yards in my neighborhood and think, “look at all of that unused space!” What is the purpose of a yard if you’re not going to use it, I wonder? No benches, no trees, no flowers, just grass.
It makes me wonder why no one is planting flowers. It can certainly become quite the investment, depending on how carried away you get (something I know nothing about, of course). But really? Not even one petunia or pansy? An errant tulip or lily would do, but sadly I haven’t seen any yet. I have to admit, it can be a lot of work, so that may be a factor, but I personally would get tired of looking at just grass. But who knows? Maybe this spring my neighbors will catch the gardening fever! I certainly hope so!
I am now dreaming of sneaking into other people's yards with bags of bulbs and seeds in the middle of the night. That's not wrong, is it?
Jarad is the co-administrator and writer for Sacred Chickens, attends college at MTSU, loves tea and coffee, and tries to spend every spare second reading. He recently developed an interest (some might say obsession) with gardening. Jarad is an English major with a concentration in literature. Bless his heart! Let's all light a candle for him and send him happy thoughts!