Larkspur and I escaped for a little date yesterday. Somehow she was still eluding the illness that is moving through our family. The plan was to stop at our favorite little cafe for lunch before heading to the grocery store. We took our lunch to the back patio and enjoyed the place all to ourselves. Larkspur was her typical self, hardly able to sit still for more than a minute, giggling and being generally silly. On our way out, we got distracted by the flowers blooming in the neat little beds surrounding the patio. Larkspur admired the columbines, and I realized that I need Ajuga lining my front walk. We ended up heading to a local nursery followed by Lowe’s. Larkspur chose a clematis, a foxglove, and several columbines. I have a hard time saying no to flowers. Larkspur claims she can’t resist them because she is named for one. She just “loves” them all. I think she actually paid attention when I explained the life cycle of a biennial to her, so I believe that our detour counted as homeschooling. I couldn’t find the variety of Ajuga that they had growing there at the cafe so I settled for borage and bee balm for my bees. I am thinking that I want to plant a few things around the bees’ altar (it looks like an altar, so that’s what I’m calling it.)
By the time we finished all of our errands, Larkspur was drooping and it became evident that she had not escaped getting sick. It may be a few days before we get outside and plant our flowers. They’ll wait. I’m so grateful we squeezed our little date in.