In my other life as a newspaper feature writer, May is when I begin to set up interviews for garden features that run every Monday through October.
For the past 15 years, much of my summers are spent touring other people's gardens. Some huge, some tiny, and all lovingly tended.
The pictures you see here a just a few of the hundreds of gardens I've seen over the years.
Getting your hands in the dirt, pulling weeds, deadheading flowers,
digging holes... all of these activities get your mind
off the stresses of the day.
Unfortunately my garden suffers because I spend all summer driving around the county, traipsing through people's yards. I've got so many ideas I'd love to do to my garden but no time to do it.
Right now though, the lilac tree in my backyard is in full bloom and the scent is magnificent. It wafts in through the open windows and makes my entire house smell amazing.
Very soon though that will fade and I'll transfer my attention to the hostas I adore. Whenever I do have time to hit the nurseries, I almost always come home with several new hostas.
I will, however, get storing up more ideas.