A Hobbit at Heart

Today was the most unspeakably beautiful day. Sunny, 76, and no humidity... When I opened the door this morning, the refreshing air literally took my breath away. I immediately called for Kyle to open all the windows and let it in!

If you know me, you probably know that I love to watch things grow. If you don't know that, you should. This year was my first shot at my own yard. It's small and modest, but I did get to plant a few things. Some things failed, like my clematis, my grass, and my petunias. They simply did not get enough sunlight. Other things flourished, like my hanging basket of torenia, my mums, my impatiens, and my coleus.

These are some mums I've had the pleasure of caring for. I wasn't sure if they were actually going to bloom, and sure enough, here they are. They greet me at the door each morning. My other mums are not this far along. I am still uncertain if they will bloom.

This is one of my very large pots of impatiens. I wish I had taken before and after photos of these things. I am so proud...

This is my hanging basket of torenia. It had some rough patches, and some times when it was solid purple with blooms. I wish I had a picture of that!

These are two different coleus plants. They might be my favorite thing I planted this year. Again, they were very tiny before, but did very well in the shade of my backyard.

I've been trying all summer to catch a snapshot of our hummingbird friends. The little buggers move so fast! It's very difficult to get them to come while I'm sitting on the patio, and even more difficult to ready my camera before they fly away. I didn't take this, but I felt the need to pay tribute to our dear little birds. They'll be flying south soon :(

On the up side, we'll be putting our sunflower seed out again soon which is sure to attract a very wide variety of other birds who we haven't seen much this summer. I am looking forward to that.

My love for flowers and birds goes back a very long way. My grandparents on both sides are gardeners. My mom's father is well known in the town where they lived for 40 years as having the most beautiful yard in town. He teaches me a lot about flowers and birds too. He passed it on to my mom, and she to me. My mom could open a business with her landscaping skills. My dad's parents are also outstanding gardeners. They have a beautiful yard, but they're really known for their vegetable garden. It is massive! They grow everything from watermelon to green beans. My grandpa on that side came up with his own blend of sweet corn that is delicious. In the last ten years, my dad started experimenting with different flowers and vegetables. He has turned out to have quite the green thumb.

I had no chance but to love all things green. It brings so much joy to my life! I hope to get a pair of my own binoculars soon. I would really love to join the local Audubon society and go birding with them.

Well, the hummingbird is back, perhaps I shall try to capture it again...

1 comment:

Madly Hatter said...

Did you end up getting a shot of him that time?