The Concrete Jungle and May Flowers

Real Estate Agent with Wayne M Martin

We live in an apartment in the sky in downtown Chicago where gardens are rare. That said many do have flower pots on there balconies. This pot sits in the center of our south balcony with excellent views of downtown Chicago especially in the evening.

Interesting timing for Debe Maxwell, CRS to issue a May challenge that "April showers bring May flowers. My wife had just brought up the idea of fleeing the city for a home in the suburbs with room for a garden in the yard. Instead we went to Home Depot to procure the flowers you see in the photo above. By the way they just bloomed recently.

The season began with a small space outside the front door of our building getting an early bloom of tulips, which were beautiful but very short lived. But the idea of tulips were on my mind.

One morning, outside the building where my grandson lives, waiting for him to drive him to preschool, I caught a quick photo of the tulips plants in the center of the motor courtyard.

While not quite as pretty as the ones by our building they were in much better shape and since I originally thought of tulips when the challenge was presented I am throwing these in.

We will be enduring another spring season next year of limited flowers before we can escape to the suburbs and plant our own garden. And, rest assured we will be no competition for those who have previously posted their entries. I have a black thumb and the wife does not claim to be much better.

The challenge will be to improve our talents in that area and have some fun while doing it.

So thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS for the "April showers brings May Flowers and allowing the wife and I the opportunity to start dreaming about our garden of the future.

Comments (17)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Wayne Martin it is tough to grown flowers in an apartment in the sky.  ☺️

May 29, 2023 06:31 PM
Wayne Martin

So many issues living in downtown Chicago. Time to let the wife have a garden 

May 29, 2023 07:58 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I like your wife's idea of moving to a place where you can have a garden!

May 29, 2023 07:21 PM
Wayne Martin

Me too, maybe my black thumb will go green 

May 29, 2023 07:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Wayne- I'll bet your wife can't wait to move and begin working in the garden again. 

May 29, 2023 07:39 PM
Wayne Martin

If my son makes the move we will follow. If not he may lose his support. Last chance at a green thumb

May 29, 2023 08:01 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wayne Martin - Your patio Geranimum's look great, especially with the American Flag! Tulips are always lovely but so short lived.

Wayne may you and your wife get your dream house where you can have a flower garden and lots of peace and relaxation. 

May 29, 2023 08:00 PM
Wayne Martin

Our plan is to be in the suburbs by July 1, 2024!

May 30, 2023 03:11 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

 Wayne Martin  loved your post, now with that said,  you are an easier sale than Diane... it took me about 15 years to convince her to buy a home vs rent.... now I have been telling her for three years to move from Los Angeles..... I will be dust in the Pacific Ocean before that will happen:)Endre

May 29, 2023 09:26 PM
Wayne Martin

California is like Illinois, no logical reason to be here. But some are diehards like Diane and my son. LA is a bit safer crime wise and your weather is better. So enjoy the ocean breezes.

May 30, 2023 03:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Wayne.

Enjoy the spring flowers and the colors of the season.

May 30, 2023 04:45 AM
Wayne Martin

Always enjoy your posts featuring your flower photos.

May 30, 2023 04:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad to hear you have a suburb move planned in the next year or so. Not only will it be safer but you will have room for that garden - and you might both surprise yourself with greener thumbs than you expect!

May 30, 2023 05:05 AM
Wayne Martin

Likely not but it will be fun trying. Yes, unfortunately, politics here in Chicago will not allow an improvement in safety

May 30, 2023 06:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, Wayne... you, your wife and I all belong to the same black thumb club! 

May 30, 2023 05:12 AM
Wayne Martin

I had a good friend who was a landscaper. He took care of my house on the condition I did not, not even pull a weed. He knew I had a black thumb.

May 30, 2023 06:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Wayne Martin I touch nothing. I have no living plants in the house and outside I depend on a gardener.

May 30, 2023 01:52 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Getting flowers at Home Depot sounds a lot more affordable than moving to the suburbs, haha.

May 30, 2023 08:46 AM
Wayne Martin

Well Brian England, the flowers at Home Depot are a band aid to the fact we will not move until our oldest grandchild has completed kindergarten.  

May 31, 2023 02:02 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Wayne Martin - I love the fact that you want to improve.  You are so right.  It is hard to grow something on concrete!   

May 30, 2023 10:14 AM
Wayne Martin

Like Nina Hollander, Broker the wife and I are black thumbs but we are excited to attempt it again.

May 30, 2023 01:46 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I just got mine in today (entry) Wayne Martin . I had to wait until the end of May to show anything in bloom unless I were to take the pictures in a green house.

May 30, 2023 11:58 AM
Wayne Martin

The concrete jungle has its own set of problems. Luckily we have a couple of big balconies.

May 30, 2023 01:47 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Thank you, Wayne, for sharing your flowers.  I also love the Spring tulips and the fragrant and beautiful lilac bushes.  But flowers of such beauty come and go, - way too quickly each spring season.  Makes me sad.

May 30, 2023 08:30 PM
Wayne Martin

The wife and I laugh when we speak about our black thumbs, but we want to tru again and the city is not the place to do it.

May 31, 2023 02:03 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Enjoyed your story and take care.  Having been born in Chicago, traveled there a lot for work, I am glad I no longer travel to that city.  I spent many summers as a youngster with my grandparents as well as my Aunts and Uncles who live on the north side, went to Lincoln Park Zoo, Riverview, and downtown.  This city has changed so much and not necessarily for the good.

May 31, 2023 06:34 AM
Wayne Martin

Leanne Smith - Chicago has definitely changed and not for the good. It is a result of poor choices by some residents and definitely our politicians. That said, I miss Riverview, like the Lincoln Park Zoo and the concerts in Millennial Park on Saturday night when it was safe to walk there. And being old enough to miss Riverview makes me old!

May 31, 2023 02:12 PM
Leanne Smith

Well Wayne that makes two of us. I as well attended the concerts in Millennial Park, Petro Bandshell (Grant Park).

May 31, 2023 03:36 PM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Lakeland, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Thanks for sharing with us Wayne! I couldn't imagine living in the city. 

May 31, 2023 09:32 AM
Wayne Martin

Well, sometimes I do ask myself why! If it were not for my grandkids, likely would still be in Ft. Myers Florida.

May 31, 2023 02:13 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Wayne Martin  I have indoor orchids but you do need a green thumb 

May 31, 2023 01:06 PM
Wayne Martin

I guarantee that leaves me out!

May 31, 2023 02:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, I love your geraniums and those tulips are gorgeous, Wayne! I also hate how short-lived their blooms are. 

As for converting your black thumb to green...I have no doubt that you and your wife will have a blast doing that together. Retirement is such a fun time to explore new and different. You've experienced the city and spectacular views, Florida and the sunshine there and I know you are going to love living in the burbs too! 

Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge, Wayne!

May 31, 2023 02:04 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

While you may live in a concrete jungle, if one looks hard enough you can find the colors of spring.

Jun 01, 2023 06:33 PM