It is a beautiful, sunny day in rural NW Ohio. Thanks to our Canadian friends sending us some cooler weather, the temperatures are quite moderate for the middle of July. When we moved to Ney, Ohio in 2007, we decided to turn our yard into our own Garden of Eden. Over the years, we have planted bushes, trees, flowers, and the like, and will continue to do so long as we are able. We love nature and by planting trees, bushes, and flowers, we bring nature to our back door. While we live in town, it is not uncommon to find rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, ground hogs, and possums, foraging in our yard. Several years ago, a deer wandered into our yard and pilfered apples off our trees. Our bird feeder attracts a variety of birds. Sadly, it also attracts a plethora of cats that think the feeder is a buffet.
Earlier today, I toured our yard to see what was in bloom. Here are a few of the pictures I took. I hope you enjoy them. I will leave the correct naming of the flowers to the experts. I am content to enjoy their beauty.
Asparagus gone to seed. Planted six years ago, it now provides us of 6-8 weeks of asparagus every spring. It is a plant that requires patience, not harvesting any asparagus the first year, and limited amounts in year two and three. After that, pick away and enjoy!
This is a sunflower that is growing in our compost pile. We are passive composters, Greek for lazy composters, so every summer we let the compost pile “grow.” This year, we have squash, sunflowers, corn, tomatoes, and flowers growing on top of the compost pile. It looks like a wild mess but it quite fun to see what seeds will spring to life, a reminder of food previously eaten.
Five or so years ago, the village of Ney gave tree seedlings to anyone who wanted them. This is one of the trees we planted. The tree is now 7 feet tall and will, in time, grow to 50 feet. We planted two of these pine trees, knowing that we would never see them reach maturity. The same goes for the maple tree we planted that is now a slender 10 feet tall. Polly and I plant for now and for the future. Someday, our grandchildren will drive by our house and point out to their children that this is where Grandpa and Nana lived. We want these trees to be a reminder that we cared about their future.
This is a picture of our front door. Everything you see, except for the evergreen to the right, Polly and I planted. This year, we added the wildflower bed to the left. We also added a brick border around all the beds. This makes it easier for me to weed eat and it contains some of the flowers that want to spread.
While I do not believe in God, I do revel in the wonders of nature. Polly and I are blessed to have a nice home and a yard where we play our part in the oxygen/carbon dioxide process necessary to sustain life on Earth. I encourage everyone to plant a tree, a bush, some flowers, or a garden. There’s nothing like watching something you have planted grow.
Photographs were taken with a Sony A77 and a Sigma 2.8 105mm lens.