I’d like to be a landscape architect when I grow up. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money or the time to do what it takes to live that dream, so I do what I can with my yard. When I moved in to my house, there were four Leland Cypress – two of which were diseased. Five years later, we have thirty or so trees, and three flowerbeds. I’m doing all the work myself, so it’s slow going. This spring, I added to a big bed in my backyard, and it’s astonishing how much pleasure I get from studying it. It’s a very busy little space frequented by birds, bees and butterflies. There’s a song sparrow nest and a mockingbird nest. The song sparrow babies have grown fast! The mockingbird is building the nest in my Nellie R. Stevens holly. I guess mockingbirds must be pretty hard-core to deal with getting pricked by the needled holly leaves every time they enter and exit.
Every evening, I have a group of mourning doves who like to sit around the birdbath and hang out with Buddha. The picture isn’t perfectly in focus, but I love the composition.