This morning, it was snowing. In Atlanta, that’s right up there with seeing the Loch Ness Monster making out with Big Foot. It’s enough to turn your head.
Despite the weather, I’m full-on jonesing for spring. The pattern for Georgia weather pretty much goes like this:
So if I’m right, we’re about to warm up big-time. And that means spring flowers, that godawful smell from the pear tree next to my house, and pollen so bad that it leaves yellow streaks after the rain (and swollen, itchy eyes for yours truly). But still… spring flowers. And sundresses. Which also means I can finally get some sunlight on my bare legs (that post is coming, as soon as it stops giving me the heebies from overshare).
Anywho (by the way, love the first urban dictionary definition of this word), it’s time to start thinking about spring flowers and the front garden area again. With everything that goes on inside the house, I pretty much neglect the exterior every winter.
It’s a bad habit, but I’m doing my best. My neighbors are all coming out of hibernation like me, and I don’t want to be the last one on the block to have a spring garden this year. So, naturally, I turn to the internet for help. I’m working on a page for the blog to give you the lowdown on every paint color I’ve used, and found myself on the Behr website (I’ve used a lot of colors from this brand or matched other brands to this paint). When I began compiling a swatch for the house exterior colors, I thought, hmm – why not use this tool to see what flower colors will go with the new exterior paint?
The whole thing is pretty simple: the biggest color is the house color, Basketry. I also put in the two accent colors for the trim (Rustic Cream) and the front door (Night Shade). Next, I simply let the color tool work its magic and suggest 8 different options, and zeroed in on the ones that looked most like an actual flower color (i.e., avoiding the greens and browns and looking at the purples).
So, according to the results, various shades of purple would be good. Guess my instincts were right when I planted my first garden out here (the fall plants lasted two years but have since died off and gotten scraggly, so I ripped them out a few weeks ago). Here’s what I’m thinking:
Besides being purple, all three of these plants have some other factors that I think are crucial to my garden: for one, they can all grow in Georgia and can handle the sun; and two, they are each relatively low maintenance. I’m thinking lavender and phlox would be great on the side of the house (where the sun hits hardest). And pansies have been very good to me in the past (read: I planted them, and they never needed me again). I think planting them in the front garden and near the mailbox would be an excellent mix of color (since they come in varieties where they have white centers, yellow centers, and shades of purple will vary and mix).
Pretty easy, huh? As soon as the weather starts cooperating, this will be a great little afternoon project. How about you? Are you thinking spring yet?