Friday, May 15, 2015

I Love My Backyard

As soon as I started to live on my own, I always dreamed of having some sort of garden getaway.
Nothing fancy.
Just a little place with a lot of nature to surround me.
Until very recently, this was not really possible.
I had lived in apartments where you share walls with unknown neighbours.
Now I am so happy with our home. We all have something that just makes us light up after long hours at work.
This is always a magical time of year.
Nature is starting to awaken.
There are green mysteries popping up in the least expected places.
I catch myself saying, I don't remember planting those there. I wonder what this will be.
There are a lot of hardcore garden types who meticulously plan every aspect of their outdoor living.
They have colour charts and areas mapped out with precision.
Their homes do look beautiful.
I am not one of those people.
I do a lot of container and pot gardens.
We have some very large trees that make it difficult for some of the plants to have the necessary amount sunlight.
Pots were my solution so I can move them easily towards the sun.
Sort of like my little sun seeker Napoleon.

Lately, Napoleon is proving to be quite the escape artist.
Every time the screen door opens out to the back deck, he runs like a zombie hoard is chasing him.
We are trying to train Jackie to catch Napoleon before he makes it out the door.
It is a work in progress.

I am trying Gladiolas for the first time.
So far, so good!

The Crocuses are making an appearance at the front of the house.

Who knew they came in so many colours?

I have no idea what these flowers are, but they are all over the front lawn.

I really like them.

My tulips are also sprouting up in odd places.
I love these flowers.
They are so common, in that you can purchase them everywhere, but they really are simple sophistication.

For some reason, that red tulip wanted to mingle with the daffodils.

Soon the backyard will smell of lilacs.

If you look past my lilac bush, you see reason 427 why I love my backyard!

We also had our resident Woodpecker pay a visit.

While all this activity is buzzing around, Jackie and I are quite content to sit back and do our thing.
I am working on a pair of mystery knit-a-long socks,

and Jackie is exploring the contents of her ball.

I hope you all have a wonderful long week end.
I'm off to binge watch Empire and complete a pair of socks.
Jackie and Rebel are just going to chill and listen to the sounds of my needles and occasional cuss words.