Nathan and I aren’t gardeners. Nathan does an excellent job of keeping our lawn looking great. He mows every weekend, fertilizes when necessary, sets the sprinklers to go off, and prunes all of the bushes. But when it comes to flowers, we’re both kind of lost.

Exhibit A: Last year we decided that we wanted to redo the flower bed in our front yard. We wanted more color. So we went to the nursery and picked out some lovely purple flowers. We chose them solely based on their appearance and the fact that the tag said they liked heat and full sun. Perfect! They did awesome, and we couldn’t get over what a great choice we had made. We were feeling pretty proud of ourselves. Then came winter and our beautiful flowers wilted. But just like our other flowers in the bed, we were sure these would come back to life come spring.

This is where it gets embarrassing. It turns out we didn’t know the difference between annuals and perennials. We had selected some lovely annuals; which if you are like us and don’t know what that means, it means that you have to plant them annually. We’re not interested in digging up the bed every year, so this was not going to cut it. Once we figured out our mistake, we went about correcting it. The problem is that all those pretty flowers that you see in the spring? They’re all annuals. There’s very little in the way of colorful perennials. But alas, we finally found some that would suffice, and now I’m quite fond of them. I couldn’t tell you what they’re called beyond “yellow flowers”, but we think they look great.

And that’s the beauty of home ownership. Slowly but surely, you begin to learn all sorts of things that you never knew before. Now we’re just hoping that these really are perennials and not mis-labelled because we don’t really want to do it all over again next year. Flowers are expensive you know!