Only a year ago, I started building my backyard garden. Prior to my recent efforts, this had been hell’s half acre, a wasteland of dead stick trees and dead grass. Giant muddy areas churned up by dogs. I began last summer by planting three areas of native plants, attractive to pollinators. Butterflies, bees, and dragonflies soon followed. Drawing insects by providing a food source then attracted birds of all kinds : hummingbirds, cardinals, jays, Carolina chickadees, Robins, doves, mockingbirds, kites, owls, hawks, and more. Raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos and bunnies also stop by. It’s a little wild, but that’s by design.
Tree of 1000 chimes - all my wind-chimes go onto this one tree. As the breeze moves around, the tree sings. I can tell by which chime rings the way the wind is blowing.
Above: This is where I have coffee and read the paper every morning. Below: I owned a motley collection of Salterini mid century modern iron patio furniture, acquired from years of yard and estate sales, which I recently had refinished.
Now it all matches!
There is still plenty of grass for dogs to play frisbee. Fruit trees and vegetables are mixed in with my other plants.
A neighbor gave me all sorts of pots and garden art doo-dads.....now all I have to do is fill them.
Ollie the Owl
Close-up of a bee on an echinacea, or Mexican coneflower.
My greatest joy is flowers, and I’m still working towards a goal of year-round blooms from different species. Here is a sampling of what bloomed for me in Year One :
The garden is a welcoming refuge for all : Above, Neighbors over for social distancing Happy Hours
My beautiful friend Adrienne at a garden party we threw pre Covid19
Hubs enjoys his Father’s Day gift, above
......and the pool, above
Credit goes to my hubs, who supplied all the labor for this project