A successful landscape is one that you thoroughly enjoy and is easy to maintain. Use plants that require little maintenance. Ask the nursery for three of the most successful plants in your region. Make these plants the mainstay of your garden. (30 Days to a Simpler Life, p. 169)
OR for serious simplifiers only...
Schedule an hour a week in the garden---weeding, planting, pondering. Make gardening a part of your new simpler life. (30 Days to a Simpler Life, p. 174)
I am trying hard this year to control myself with the gardening. I adore buying beautiful new flowers. I spend way too much money and then they get trampled on by the kids or eaten by the neighborhood bunny rabbits. This year I've decided 2 flats of annuals only for the front and I am going to let the rest go. Don't get me wrong---I'm still going to weed and stuff, but I'm not going to stress out about having the perfect yard or the prettiest landscaping in the neighborhood. I'll save that for when I'm retired. :-)
Today's task---ugh, I really don't even want to think about---is the Cobbler and I finally have to do our taxes. Normally, we're really on the ball and have them in early, but he counts on me to work out all the donations (i.e. take photos of everything and then punch them all into the tax program so we have an accurate estimate of what we actually gave) and I've been so busy that he hasn't pushed me to do it. Big sigh...not looking forward to my Friday night at all.
On a happier note, check out my other post about Red's spring party and you'll see where all my energy has been sucked to over the last couple days...and it hasn't been landscaping.