I love our garden and our backyard. I enjoy sitting at the patio table outside and working. We’ve lived in our home almost 31 years and it has evolved and grown.
The backyard is peaceful and calming unless a lawn crew next door or across the street. But lawn crews are here briefly, except for Saturday morning, but I am usually out of the house volunteering at the food pantry. The birds nor the flowers seem to mind.
This morning Fern and I woke before six and we spent our morning routine outside on the deck. The birds chirped, mostly house sparrows and cardinals, but I have seen American robins, black capped chickadees, house finches, and an occasional American goldfinch at the feeders. And the hummingbirds, occasionally I’ll hear a buzz to my left and look up to watch a hummingbird move in for a drink.
Fern keeps an eye out for the bunnies and the squirrels, but I began adding a pepper sauce to the feed that discourages the squirrels from scavenging the feeders.
In the gardens the black-eyed Susans are in bloom and will dominate the summer garden in August through early September. We used to have coneflowers, but I think the black-eyed Susans overcrowd them. In the fall, my wife removes small sections of the black-eyed Susans, but they are persistent.
My wife plants zinnias and some other annuals adding a splash of color from mid -June until fall arrives.
I enjoy the green of the Hosta and hydrangea blooms. Above all, I enjoy being outside feeling the light breeze listening to the gentle rustle of the tree leaves. It’s an excellent place to spend the morning, afternoon, or late evening. Or all three.
It is day 70 of summer break. Yesterday I went to school to incoming sixth graders break the code of a combination lock and gain access to their lockers. It was fun, energizing, and exhausting. There are three more days after today of summer break and I plan to make each of them count. Today is going to be an amazing day, so I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the days count, one day at a time, slowing down to smell the flowers, so I can speed up when I need to.
What do you enjoy most about summer or your home? Or both?