May Gardening And All The Rest

Holy moly, this month has been busy!

We are all experiencing it, right?

May always seems to be one of the craziest months of the year.

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Early May marks the beginning of gardening season – at least that’s what gardeners tell me. I’m a bit of a black thumb gal myself.

After a few years of neglect while we were in California, our garden had become quite overgrown. It was time to tear everything out and start anew.

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Fortunately, our dear pal, Zsa Zsa, gardener extraordinaire, came to the rescue creating a fabulous landscape design for us.

Zsa Zsa and I have traveled to practically every garden center in the greater Chicagoland area searching for the 38 different types of plants included in our design.

The most successful trips were those on which Peter, the gardener half of this marriage, was able to join us. He and Zsa Zsa could speak the same language.

When Peter wasn’t available, poor Zsa Zsa had to cope with me – the D Team – and my endless ineptitude.

Zsa Zsa: OK, now we are looking for Raspberry Truffle Echinacea.

Me: Say what now??????????????

Heaven forbid I had to go to a nursery unaccompanied. Can you say “deer in the headlights”?

Eventually, we procured most of the plants on the list and we were ready to go.

Zsa Zsa carefully laid out the plants based on her plan.

Because there were over 120 pots to plant and because I’m a team player, I offered to get started on the planting.

Peter and Zsa Zsa gently (and wisely) declined my offer.

Instead, they worked like crazy and now we have this.

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Beautiful and it’s not even blooming yet!

We can’t thank Zsa Zsa enough for her generosity and gardening brilliance.

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While Peter and Zsa Zsa were up to their elbows in garden dirt, I was attending a charity luncheon as a guest of my pal, Clare.

The luncheon was a benefit for Misericordia, Heart of Mercy, an organization that provides a wide range of services and residential options for developmentally disabled children and adults.

At its core, Misericordia is all about bringing happiness, comfort and support to those they serve and to their families.

A group of residents, The Misericordia Heartbreakers, performed. They were amazing.

Through this luncheon and many other projects, the dedicated and hard-working women’s auxiliary raises funds to support the excellent work of Misericordia.

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On Sunday, I spent Mother’s Day attending a performance of The King and I at the Lyric Opera with my mom and my sister-in-law, Kate.

The King and I program

Kate snapped up tickets as soon as they went on sale so we had excellent seats on the main floor.

The 3-hour performance flew by. Everything was dazzling: the costumes, the scenery, the dancing, the singing and the entire ridiculously talented cast.

The curtain call brought us all to tears. It was a beautiful day.

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day!

What has been keeping you busy this May?

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