So Long, Flowers… I’ll Miss You!

We lived in Army quarters for years. For someone who grew up in a very rural area, living in such close proximity to other people presented some problems. I finally became accustomed to the noise and lights at night, people coming and going at all hours.

What I didn’t get used to was being unable to grow plants outside. Well, I could have a couple of window boxes, or a few annuals along the sidewalk. But I missed the big vegetable gardens and extensive flower beds I’d grown up with.

See, my family has lived right here in this area since the late 18th century. They’ve always farmed, and I used to visit with my grandmother during summers on the farm originally settled by Laban and Jane when they came here from Maryland. As a kid, I worked the fields right alongside my parents, and learned to appreciate, even depend on, the time spent in heavy physical labor with my mind free to build different worlds and my stories. Some would probably say I have the soil in my blood, and they’d probably be right.o999

This isn't me, but shows the kind of work I grew up doing.

It was only natural that I would miss that way of life desperately when I moved away from it. When the time came for Hubby to retire from the Army, we turned down several excellent job opportunities in favor of returning to my home town.

Being as realistic as possible, we bought a little house in the town, since we both worked in town. There wasn’t enough land to have a big vegetable garden, but I could have flowers. That first spring, I put in a little 6′ x 10′  garden between the house and sidewalk.

Each year, I added a little more, carefully selecting perennials and self-sowing annuals to minimize future expense and work. I even added to it during the years I was so horribly sick that I honestly thought I would die. It became my solace and escape.

These days, my entire front yard is one huge flower bed. And  I’m getting ready to tear it all out.

Not my garden, but similar

I’ll keep one narrow strip along the front porch where Asiatic lilies and day lilies are accompanied by huge Dahlias and bordered by delicate annuals. The rest is going. Even the border hedge.

Nope, I’m not insane, though some would argue to the contrary. But I need space for 3 growing boys to play outside. Our back yard is fenced for the dogs – all 5 of them – and so not practical for the boys. So the front yard it is.

In a few weeks, a couple of garden-enthusiast friends and I will dig up all the roots and bulbs, and the friends will choose whatever they wish from them for their own gardens. Whatever’s left, I’ll find other homes for.

The soil, being “clean”, free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides, will remain in place, along with the  border timbers.


Various earth-moving and construction toys will be added, along with sections of pipe and boards, a metric ton of cars and trucks, and lots of things to dig with.

Add three small boys, some rain, and mix well.

Okay, so maybe I am insane, just slightly. But they’re washable. And the fun and learning to be had are immeasurable.

About Kenra Daniels

I write steamy Paranormal Romance and Erotic Romance. I live in a very small town in rural northeastern Kentucky, right at the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, with my very own Romance Novel Hero (aka Hubby) of 26 yrs. We're raising our 3 little grandsons - 5y, 3y, and 2y old.
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  • Just Sayin’

    I'm a Romance Author - mainly Paranormal, but nearly all with fairly graphic intimate scenes. Those scenes serve to further the development of my plots and characters and are not included haphazardly to sell books or arouse readers.

    I probably COULD tell the stories without the graphic parts, but I CHOOSE not to. I want to show the full scope of the developing relationship, and leaving out some of the most powerful and meaningful moments will deprive the reader of a measure of understanding and emotional reaction to the characters and their stories.

    Since I write books intended for adult readers, I often have material on my website that is entirely unsuitable for younger readers. If you're under 18, or if you're easily offended by open discussion of sexual situations with frank language, you might want to look the other direction.