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.
As my grand-daughter and I sat out on my patio chatting and drinking our coffee this past Sunday afternoon a Raven stopped by for a visit. He must have been very thirsty because he wasn’t at all shy or fearful. He just flew right in so very close to us and proceeded to drink from the birdbath which was less than 12” from where we were sitting! Such a fun experience and visit! Glad we had our cell phone cameras to capture the moment. 😊
Today I was working on creating some yard art from things I had on hand. I like to make useful items from things that normally get thrown away or recycled so I have been trying to find things to make with the plastic bottle caps from my water bottles and also aluminum cans. The photo posted is some of the flowers created today that when finished will go outside in my back yard.
As I was eating a piece of cheesecake topped with fresh red raspberries today, the memory of grandpa’s red raspberries came to mind.
My grandpa lived in the country and always had a big garden. He grew strawberries, potatoes, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, beans, peas, sweet corn and much more. I loved eating all the bounty from his garden but my most favorite was the big red raspberries from the berry bushes along the fence.
And even though we kids were warned to stay out of the garden and berries unless grandpa was with us, we used to sometimes try to sneak in to see if we could pick and run without being seen! 😊
But alas, grandpa would always see us or catch us, (most of the time,) and then we’d get a stern talking to from him. 😊