Garden Work and Rain Delays

It’s been raining a lot this past week. It rained all yesterday and this morning, and again this afternoon.

Muddy worm in a muddy garden!
Muddy worm in a muddy garden!

Yesterday I spent a little bit of time digging some spiderwort out of the perennial flower garden wrapping around the foundation of the house. There were three big patches of it, and it was finally time to get rid of it. I don’t like it because the whole plant has a tendency to flop over and look crummy, even though it has pretty fuschia flowers. So yesterday morning, I started to dig it up. I moved a bit of it, but then it started to rain and rained all day, so that was the end of that.

This morning I started back at it. Continue reading “Garden Work and Rain Delays”

Nearest Nature: Spend Time in Your Yard

Do you want to spend more time in nature? If so, forget the scenic  vistas , popular parks, and wild destinations; there’s is an enormity of nature in your yard, even if it is the size of a postage stamp.

Here’s a starter list of ideas for easy ways to get more time outside.

  • Garden or tend plants
  • Watch or feed wildlife and birds
  • Paint or draw
  • Read
  • Cook
  • Run around and play
  • Entertain guests
  • Climb a tree
  • Play in the snow
  • Play with water
  • Collect plants
  • Cut flowers
  • Sit and contemplate
  • Meditate
  • Do yoga
  • Build or use a tree house
  • Grow food
  • Exercise
  • Roll down a hill
  • Spend time with pets
  • Raise animals
  • Relax
  • Nap
  • Play lawn games
  • Slack line
  • Zip line!
  • Sleep out overnight (tent optional)
What do you like to do in your yard?

More Trees, Please!

Last year when I identified all the trees in our woods, I was most excited to find an elm tree in the southwest corner of our property, close to the road. As it turns out, I overlooked another bigger elm tree on the southeast corner of our property, so we have at least two.

Now we have at least six because I was able to get my hands on some large elm saplings and plant them in our yard.

One of my favorite things: trees!

Continue reading “More Trees, Please!”