One of the greatest challenges of home ownership for me has always been maintaining a nice looking yard. I can’t stand digging in the dirt, pulling weeds, or getting eaten by or touching bugs of any kind. Basically, the only thing that I like about gardening is the end result, and I’m one more encounter with a snake away from planting fake flowers in all of my flowerbeds.
Luckily, I have the world’s most awesome mother that helps me with the really nasty stuff like trimming back bushes and removing 6-foot-plus tall weeds. (I sure wish someone could explain how poke salad can grow so damn high in such a short time!) And, of course, the dogs’ interference only prolongs the torture. They prefer watching the excitement from underfoot or from the weed-filled flowerbeds.
However, for some reason unknown to me, some residents of Cooper-Young actually love gardening and yard work. I was pleased that these kindred spirits found each other and formed the Cooper-Young Garden Club. I love it when neighbors find common ground and decide to act on it. So far they have had a few meetings and even organized a Cooper-Young Progressive Garden Tour where residents were able to tour some amazing local gardens.
In conclusion, don’t judge me if I don’t run out and join the CY Garden Club because, normally, if I plant something the dirt dies. I plan to continue muddling along just trying to keep the few living plants I still have alive. Perhaps I will form a partnership with someone else in the neighborhood that hates organizing closets and do some trade. A girl can dream, right?
— June Hurt