Who has the perfect backyard? Me, me, me!

There haven’t been many days this summer when I’ve felt like just sitting on the grass, taking in the view of my backyard. The stifling heat forced a retreat to the air-conditioned house

Shadows on a late afternoon in August.

most days and the dry, prickly grass produced by the heat and lack of rain for much of the summer didn’t make it very conducive to sitting on anyway.

So I was pleasantly surprised this past week when I was treated to a day that reminds me why I fell in love with our home. It was late afternoon and I had the house to myself for a couple hours. It was a good time to check out the flower and vegetable gardens and the temperature was tolerable – in the low 80s. First stop was the flower garden. Bees (mostly bumble) and butterflies have found the flowers of late, sharing with each other the plethora of late summer blooms. Watching them dance from flower to flower seeking out nectar, pollen or whatever it is they so desperately crave is almost like watching the proverbial kid in the candy store, eagerly eyeing all the chocolate bars, gummy bears, candy pacifiers and jelly beans.

I’ve grown especially fond of bumble bees the last few growing seasons. For one thing, they’re so much less annoying than wasps or hornets, which we’ve also had our share of. In my experience bumbles tend do their business quietly, simply ignoring an intruder or even just finding another pollen-soaked treat on which to lunch.

View of the flower and vegetable garden.

Many times I’ll pick be picking raspberries in the middle of the patch and see the bumbles quietly flit from flower to flower all around me. I’ve not been stung once nor has a bumble ever done anything to worry me that I might get stung.

I didn’t have to pick raspberries on this particular day, but I stopped for a few minutes to see how many were ripening. Although I’ve gotten used to seeing bumble bees in the patch, there were more than I have ever seen at one time. No lie; there must have been at least two dozen of them merrily drinking away. Who knows, maybe they were enjoying the day just like I was. I moved around to the other side of the garden, noting that about the only real color left in the garden besides red tomatoes was the marigolds. I don’t remember them ever taking this long to flower, but they’re finally in full bloom. Their golden yellows, oranges and brownish reds have been soothing enough to help me accept the fact that fall really is right around the corner.

Content that the vegetables and flowers were safe for another day, I looked over to the middle of the lawn to see our dog, Chloe, lounging beneath a maple tree. Going with the lazy theme, I walked over and sat down next to her on the cool grass taking in the view that seemed to mesmerize her so. I got lost in the moment, too, thinking about how fortunate I was to be able to come home to this view after whatever challenges the day had brought. Green grass, a beautiful sky, a majestic tree to sit beneath. I am thankful for days like this. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

I couldn’t ask for anything better.

9 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful!!!!!

  2. Refreshing! I’d never go inside. Ever. 🙂

  3. Love the reclaimed pipes. I am totally going to do that next year.

    • Thanks! I had no idea how, or if, it would work, but I’m so glad I tried it. I always see really cool ideas I wish I would have thought of. Now I can say I did!

  4. Posted by Anonymous on September 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Ditto for me, Julie. Enjoy and savor every single day. Love, love love your post today!!

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