A fallen tree stump
Inspiration takes root
Rock garden springs up
Creativity of one hand
Causes neighbor unity
I am so inspired to see the creativity that continues to grow in my neighborhood backyard. It really is a testimony to the ripple effect.
Yesterday my next door neighbor told me to come see what two other nearby neighbors had begun doing in their yards lately, and it was a beautiful creation of plants and flowers that definitely improved the property and visually brightened our total backyard landscape.
These neighbors hold me the other neighbors next to us will be continuing this theme all along the backside of our building which will eventually create a continuous stream of beauty all long the area where once there was just dirt, mud or dead grass and weeds.
It made me so happy to see, and I found tears of joy start glistening in my eyes, because all this began from a storm last year that caused one fallen tree. When it’s debris was hauled away all there was left was a small stump sticking up in the middle of our backyard. Looking at that every morning inspired me to want to beautify that area by sitting a plant on the stump and then to create a rock garden around it.
So I began. I put a plant on the stump, placed a few rocks around it and planted some ground cover. It began to take shape, and it was a great improvement to the yard. I figured it would be a work in progress as I pondered what else could go in there.
A couple of my next door neighbors loved the look and asked if they could help or.add to it and it has now grown into a beautiful centerpiece in our backyard that has spawned an outgrowth of other areas of beauty all around us as the creativity grew.
What a beautiful ripple effect!
In the early morn,
Rising with the summer sun,
Waking with the birds,
I sit among trees and flowers,
Sipping coffee as
Windchimes serenade me.
A squirrel scurries,
Butterflies flutter, bees buzz.
My garden shuts out the world.
Five Golden Finches
Frequenting the green birdbath
Walking thru this world
Alone, looking for friends?
Searching for joy and love?
I found them unexpectedly
In my backyard.
Getting to know my neighbors
Betters our community
And inspires one another
This summer I was blessed to get to know a few of my neighbor’s better.
It all happened because of a fallen tree in my backyard.
One windy stormy night last Spring a good sized evergreen in my yard was taken down by lightening or wind. Thankfully it fell away from the building and caused no harm.
A few days later a maintenance man cut the tree down and hauled it away leaving a big stump where it had been.
For many days I would gaze out my window at that stump, missing the tree and thinking something needed to take its place to brighten up the yard.
Since I am fond of rock gardens and painting inspirational rocks I decided to put some plants and rocks in around the stump.
My grandson helped me move a potted plant I had to sit on the stump. Then we planted some flowering ground cover perennials and seeds. Since the ground around the stump was so hard and root filled we couldn’t easily dig or plant much but we managed to get some flowers in. Then we put a few rocks around.
A few weeks later my granddaughter came over and we painted a bunch of inspirational rocks to put out.
Through all of this a few of my neighbors who I didn’t really know well were watching the progression and they came out to admire and ask if they could help. They added more unique beautiful items and one of them offered to water the plants daily.
Through all this the project grew and blossomed and we all became friends and now are sharing a common interest of beautifying our backyards to benefit us all.
Birds in winter
Hopping all about
Nourishment under the snow
Birdseed is welcomed
I love to watch the birds in my backyard. All Spring and Summer I enjoyed watching a family of Doves, some Cedar Waxwings, Blackbirds,Sparrows and occasionally was fortunate enough to catch sight of a Hummingbird, but now that it’s Winter I don’t see many of my feathered friends, it’s usually just a squirrel or two that is scurrying around. But today, I happened to see quite a gathering of Chickadees hopping about looking for food. They are such cute little birds! Their presence, and also the BlueJay that joined them, was a treat to see, and also a reminder to make sure to keep the birdseed available to them this winter. I figure that’s the least I can do since it’s a such a joy to see them visiting.
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2016
Marilyn is my grand-daughter’s dog. When the big tree in the family’s backyard was knocked down by storms this winter Marilyn chose to run up to the end of the remaining stump and stand as if on guard!
(Instead of being “King of the Hill” she is “Queen of the Tree”! 🙂
She seems to mimic her daddy, Jack, whom we call “The Sentry or Guard Dog”
Click here to read “Guard Dog” a poem which I wrote about Jack previously) 🙂