Before I begin, I just want to rant a tad - JUST WHAT I NEED - A CHANGE OF EVERYTHING IN BLOGGER. Why can't anybody just leave well enough alone. I just got hit with Timeline on Facebook, which I have been dreading. And no, I still don't like it. Oh, well - nothing ever stays the same.
Which, of course, includes things in nature. But I have to say - my yard is my refuge (except when the kid next door decides to wash all the cars in his family with his music on full blast). July 1, it will be 34 years that we have lived in this house. I have posted about the yard off and on over the years, showing the beginnings and the changes.
This particular trip down memory lane began when we discovered that the lilac bush in the far back corner of the yard had finally bloomed - about 10 years after we transplanted it there. It came from Minnesota as a little stick, brought by my brother from my Grandma Swanson's yard, before she went to a smaller house, then the nursing home, then to heaven. The property sat there unchanged for many years after it was no longer hers, so we grandkids went exploring there at different times. We used to play in the ditch where there was a profusion of these lilacs.
This is my little tiny grandma that I have posted about a few times before. She was my wonderful farming, cooking, baking, strawberry and cucumber picking grandma (as opposed to my other wonderful grandma who had a job, bowled, and brought pop and goodies home from the bakery).
This was taken at the nursing time the last time I saw her, when she was seeing her first great granddaughter for the first and last time - Kristen at about 18 months.
One year when Dwight's folks went back to visit family in Wisconsin, they brought us back two gifts from the woods behind his grandma's house. This blue spruce was about 2 feet tall - and now it is at least 20.
This maple tree was a tiny sapling when we transplanted it from Wisconsin. The next spring, when things came back to life, lo and behold there was a beautiful variety of wild flowers growing around the tree. Turns out that these woodsy flowers had traveled to Colorado in the ball of dirt around the tree's roots. What a nice surprise - especially the raspberry bushes that we moved to a good spot, and have enjoyed every summer since.
Then there's the spot where our sweet little dachshund, Fritzie, lies in rest after entertaining and loving us unconditionally for 14 years. He died on Valentine's Day, the day after Kevin's 19th birthday, in his own little bed in the basement. We couldn't stand to send him anywhere, so we probably broke the law (don't tell anybody!) The marker is still there, 16 years later, in what used to be the garden.
Right outside the garden area is an apple tree, at least 12 feet tall. It brings back another lovely memory. It was during the time when we saw our step grandson, Anthony, a lot. He asked me one day where apples came from. I showed him the seeds in the apple he was eating and told him that's how they started. He asked if we could plant a seed, so we planted two - in the flower bed right off the patio. I never dreamed (and Kristen says she can't believe it because she was always planting seeds that never came up) that it would sprout so quickly. By the end of that summer, Dwight transplanted the larger one out to the back part of the yard. Anthony asked me at that time when it would have apples. I told him probably about the time he went to college - he's 14 now, so that might be about right.
The first spring in our house, when we were putting in our yard, Dwight was working horrific hours - he was in accounting and it was year end crunch time. So I would go pick up the bushes a few at a time and plant them each day. We had this nice bare root tree that hadn't been planted yet when the rains began. Dwight had dug the six foot diameter, six foot deep hole and told me I must put it in the next day or it was going to die and we'd waste a lot of precious money. That night - yep it rained, and filled the hole like a swimming pool. We had also just fertilized the day before with the natural good stuff, and the whole yard was very soft and gooshy - and now was very soft and gooshy mud. I got up very early that morning, donned Dwight's fishing waders, and headed into the mess. I was scooping the water out with a bucket, getting my legs twisted up like a pretzel. It's a wonder I didn't fall in. Finally, I got the water to stay out long enough to be able to place the tree into the hole and scoop the mud back in to hold it in place. Needless to say, of all the trees and bushes I planted or helped plant, this one holds a special place in my heart. It is huge. And of course it looks much lovelier when it is in full leaf.
We have always wanted a variety of irises, and last year we were privileged to see the fruits of the planting the previous fall, from rhizomes given to us by our champion iris-growing friend, who knows each of her flowers by name. We're excited to see how they do this year when the time comes.
The daffodils and tulips are coming in profusion now, as well as windflowers and tiny little forget-me-nots. But this is the first flower I took a picture of this spring - such an interesting, different tulip. I love them all, and am sad when they are gone.
Have a blessed week-end!