Our backyard has been chosen to be featured on our neighborhood’s Mission Hills Garden Walk, and it’s really quite an honor. It’s also breaking my back. Backyard = backbreak.
Landscape and horticulture have always been interests and hobbies of mine, and when the teen angst is running a little high at our house (and you know what I mean, parents-of-teens) it’s a nice retreat into the garden for me. But this Mission Hills Garden Walk honor came with a little extra stress.
You see, as someone sporting maybe a slight case of OCD with an added twist of perfectionism, I am obsessed with our garden looking perfect. We just tore out our old, dead lawn which was ravaged by the years-long California draught, and installed a dry creek bed of rocks and draught-tolerant plants instead. And I love it (sort of) except for that small issue of there not being enough rocks. And that rock on the left being in the wrong place. And those two rocks on the right being too close to each other. Oh, and that grouping of rocks are too similar in color and should be mixed in the the others more. And…well, you get it. At least I recognize my own ridiculous behavior here, but that didn’t stop me.
So, I’ve spent the better part of the last three weekends hauling giant rocks around, pulling some more out of our canyon to add them in, leaning over and planting around things to make it all look more natural, and generally driving myself and everyone else crazy.
But I have to admit, it looks pretty darn good. Now those hundreds of people tromping through our backyard for the Mission Hills Garden Walk on May 13 will have something to ooh and aah over.
While I ice my back.
If you’d like to participate, click here for details on how to get tickets.
The Mission Hills Garden Club hosts the Garden Walk annually, and this is their 19th year. Proceeds this year will help fund the Gecko Garden at Ava’s school, Grant K8 School in Mission Hills. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event.