One of my very first posts way back in the day was about how I was a "casual bird glancer." More on that here. Basically, I received a bird feeder and just like that, I became sort of obsessed. I loved watching them come and go and I loved seeing the variety of birds that passed through my yard. I have to find that feeder and get it back up because I think Harrison would like to watch them, too.
Matt got me some gorgeous hanging planters for Mother's Day this year and I had no idea they'd be a preferred spot for a Red Finch to make a nest.
Some of my favorite blog posts to revisit time and time again are the ones where I featured (cell) pictures of my gardens at any given time during the year. I do it mostly in the Spring and Summer (Late Spring 2013 here, Early Summer 2013 here, August 2013 here, April 2014 here, May 2014 here). I had a few minutes during a recent perimeter walk to snap a few Fall bloomers.
Harrison was baptized last Sunday and because it was a crazy week, I realized at the last minute that I didn't have time to run out to grab flowers to arrange for the table tops.
I was bummed because I looooove fresh flowers at a party. No matter how casual the affair, (the brunch following worship was very casual) I think a vase or group of small vases elevates any table scape.
Right about now, some of my favorite plants in the yard are quickly approaching their prime. My hydrangea bushes are slowly becoming covered in greenery - in typical bottom-to-top fashion. The peony garden that I jump started last year has 15+ buds and my Astilbe plants are gaining a ton of ground.
While I wait for those, here are a few shots of what else is popping up around here as of late May.
In the Spring, one of my favorite things to do is stroll around my yard. I stroll in the early morning and I stroll at dusk. I stroll with the baby in tow and I stroll by myself. I stroll in quiet peace and I stroll while on the phone, catching up with family and friends. No matter how I stroll, the simple act of wandering my yard brings me a lot of joy and contentment.
Disclaimer: This very well may be the strangest post I've written to date, but I had to share. It's just too freaking weird not to share. If you're not into really weird stuff (or slightly curious about things) that I find around my home or yard, feel free come back tomorrow for a "Sunday Cooking" post! I promise I won't drop the phrase "penis-shaped" in that post.
A couple of years ago, Matt and I had a backyard bonfire at our house and our friend Stacey asked what plans we had for the space. I told her that along the stream, I envisioned tall grasses that would provide privacy for the backyard, as well as look pretty as they swayed with the wind. Something like this came to mind...