Where has the green thumb gone?


Spring has sprung.

Pollen, nearly invisible to the naked eye, is floating everywhere.

My car, the front porch and the back deck of my house desperately need cleaning.

What good would it do?

That yellowish tint will return the next day.

I have to admit spring is my favorite time of year.

Over the past week or so, I’ve seen roadside stands decked with potted rose bushes, peonies, annuals in different colors and hanging plants.

When I see those vibrant colors, I know the flowers and azalea bushes will soon start to bloom around my house. Bright red amaryllis and purple and gold day lilies have provided plenty of joy over the years.

A few years ago, I grew some beautiful pink and white day lilies in separate pots. I tried my hand at hibiscus and gladiolus, with no luck, around the same time.

When I first moved into my house, my mom and I planted a red knockout rose bush.

It bore big, red blooms that smelled sweet to the soul.

The bush eventually succumbed to Japanese beetles and Lyme disease in its roots. I dug it up several years ago and just recently replaced it with a small plant.

A friend of mine suggested we “trade” out amaryllis bulbs. She has some gorgeous pink amaryllis that would offset the red in my yard.

We agreed to meet once fall rolls around.

However, I’m eager to test my green thumb before then.

That means battling the pollen and my allergies, too.


Then again, if I want to spruce up my yard, sneezing and wheezing in Mother Nature’s presence is a small price to pay.

Time to find my gardening gloves.

Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at rcoggins@mountolivetribune.com.


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