An overload of work, combined with the sheer overwhelm of ‘letting things go’ during the overload, resulted in a paralysis of sorts.
Then spring temperatures arrived and the daylight lengthened – and a dear friend said “send me some pictures” when I told her I wanted to spend time in the garden.
She knew what she was doing. I required the prompt to recall that I have cameras for just that purpose – to take photos.
Here’s what’s happening in the garden, sans any human intervention for the past nine months.
Fall splendor in the Midwest. A diversity of colors and textures.
Vacation and preparation for vacation consumed my attention, as did the pre and post work weeks. Arrival at home was a welcome scene as our cat bounded from lap to lap enjoying the sorely missed human contact.
Then came reality – jungle style. Our lawn and gardens had thrived beyond our imagination during the eight days that we were absent.
Overall, once the allowed weeds were culled back to an acceptable state, and the volunteer flowers were forced into their proper boundaries, the garden looked quite healthy and tidy – as tidy as a mish-mash of weeds, herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables might look.
I’m claiming success, although the season is quite early. There are not large productions of any one thing (except grapes), but just enough of this and that to provide for our household.
Better yet, it seems to be sufficient for the large variety of natural critters that have taken up residence.
We celebrated a milestone wedding anniversary, my husband and I. As a treat to ourselves, we invited our adult sons and their families to a family vacation. These shots are from a day trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri. If you’ve never been, it’s worth the trip.
A sample of shots taken last summer. A reminder that the sun shines eventually. 🙂