Today, I bought a spirea shrub and planted it by the mailbox. Around the block from our house in Sugar Land was a house with a spirea beside the mailbox. I loved walking past it in spring and summer when it was full of white blooms. I remember emailing my mom a picture of it and asking her what it was. Ever since, when I see spirea in a nursery, I think back to that one and remember how much I liked it.
Then we moved into this house with its horrible mail box. Seriously, I call it the toddler mail box because it's huge, plastic, and made by Step2, the same company who made our choo-choo wagon! It's really bad. When I saw a spirea in Home Depot today, I decided to go for it--plant it by the mailbox, and maybe make me feel better about the giant plastic monstrosity by the curb.