Monthly Archives: March 2017

a walk and a wish

A walk through the yard…my pictograph of early spring. I just wanted to post snapshots of the beauty of nature in March…not much to say really, just a visual nudge to go outside and find the beauty in your yard.

My yard and my photographs are both very rudimentary. I might like the look of beautiful well manicured spaces but I know I am not that person…so I embrace the “natural” look. 🙂 I hope you find some inspiration…

keep flowers

 

I cut the grass but left this large patch of wildflowers for the bees. There was no way I could mow over this. I know these early spring flowers are here for a very big purpose, if nothing less than their beauty, and everyone mows them down??? I think we need our wildflowers, flowers that used to be in fields everywhere but those fields are being filled with concrete  now. Anyway, I kept mine.

 

viola2

 

Near the house are more wildflowers and a scattering of violas I  planted this fall.This should be a painting.

 

tree in tree

 

Here is a beautiful example of the “tree in a tree” occurrence I wrote about a while back. There was a little oak tree that was growing along side of my fig tree and was so persistent. Either the wind blew the seed there or a bird dropped it right next to my planted by me tree, either way, it was unwelcome. Although I kept cutting the little annoying sapling down, it kept coming back.  For a few years, I was a warrior, man against Nature, but then I realized, Nature should do as she pleased and I gave up the futile fight. As you can see, She was very right…I have several more of these natural plantings going on right now in my yard.

 

st joe

 

A scattering of St. Josephs. It seems early, but then, we had very little winter. These flowers are from Miss Sue’s yard, a yard that began along the Bayou Teche over 100 years ago. Miss Sue is the sole reason I love the garden, that is where we became friends. I also associate these flowers with the St. Joseph Altars from my sons’ past; their school, Catholic High School, used to celebrate this feast day

 

 

bee fb

 

Into the bee yard…can you see all of the stirring and activity? So much nectar to gather and honey to make…hence, the wildflowers. It’s a busy time for the bees.

 

 

new bee

Here is my new hive. The new queen is in the bottom box and , hopefully, she will gather her worker bees and start a colony.

 

little chick

Can you see one of the baby chicks? Drew made this coop for me and I drove to Erath to buy baby chicks to fill it up with. This batch of chickens will start laying at the end of summer. I have Black Sex Links, Ameraucanas, White Leghorns, Barred Rocks, and Rhode Island Reds.

 

rooster

And my rooster…he rules. I have several rooster sticks around the yard to protect myself from him. I respect who he is; he would give his life for his flock, but he sees me as a threat, which  is so wrong…I am his ally. Anyway, he’s a mean dude when it comes to protecting his hens and I have been the recipient of his wrath a couple of times.

 

apple

Here is the field of wildflowers. I realize it will be tough on the lawnmower when I have to cut this but I have decided it is best to leave these flowers for the bees and birds and all that matters. The shovel is where an Anna Apple Tree will be planted today – amongst the Pear Trees.

 

pecan

Here are the buds on a pecan tree telling all of us in South Louisiana that Spring is officially here; this is the tried and true method here and it is always right.

 

crawfish hole

 

Do you know what this is?

 

bluebird

 

My Bluebird House…there was a scattering of vibrant blue feathers on the ground beneath this house…Nature can be cruel.

 

wish

I end with a Dandelion…and a wish that you find happiness in your own backyard.

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