Aug 11

Gardening: My Labor of Love

You can take a girl out of Kansas, but you can’t take Kansas out of this girl.

In an ode to my home state of Kansas, I planted some sunflowers in the front yard garden. It gives me a little joy knowing that I have a piece of home right in my own front yard! Even though Nebraska has their fair share of sunflowers to offer, it’s the Kansas state flower after all!

Even though I’ve grown up in awe of sunflower fields (and still am by the way), boy howdy, we sure have learned a lot about those suckers in the last few weeks. I had NO idea that the tiny sunflower seeds that I planted a few months ago would soon grow to be beautiful and GINORMOUS flowers! These guys…or maybe they’re gals, are nearly as tall as our house. I can’t get over it. This is me in comparison to them. Unbelievable.

This is what they looked like just a few weeks ago. It’s amazing how fast they shot up!


Now let’s back up for a minute. Just to give you an idea of what this space looked like 2 years ago, I thought I’d share some pictures from my old blog (www.lostinsidneytranslation.blogspot.com). I did this post when we first took the large shrub out of the front yard garden bed. It’s a blast from the past, circa 2010! Oh how far we’ve come in 2 short years!


I cleaned out the flower bed, but needed Eric’s help for the large shrub. We went to town on the roots and realized that they were MUCH bigger than expected. It was going to take a chain to get those babies out.

 Keep in mind that this was last Saturday when it was 80 degrees. I got a fierce sunburn that day. And on Sunday? Well, we had a blizzard. That’s right, it snowed all day long. Oh boy…this Nebraska weather is something else.





 The neighborhood came out to help



 ….and now for the gaping whole in the flower bed!

It’s amazing for us to remember what this looked like and all of the work that went into making the front garden bed look just how we want it to! Gardening truly is a labor of love.

1 comment

  1. mom

    That is amazing…there goes another example of that green thumb of yours. That’s awesome!

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