Tuesday, May 24, 2011

little corners of my world

When I haven't been running kids to basketball, play practice or baseball games, I've gotten some time to work in the yard...gardening and pruning and planting.  One of my favorite sounds is the sound of the shovel scraping through dirt.  There is something really rich in the way it sounds to my ears.   I don't even mind pulling weeds.
 It just feels good to be out in the sunshine and see an area transformed by some elbow grease.   Last year we did a lot of work in our yard and put in some new beds.  This year, I just want to enjoy what we've got. 
I love to stroll the yard, poking around and watching the changes in the plantings.  It's fun to see empty spaces filled in and blooms where there was nothing.   
I put out a lot of planters and pots around our deck...they make me smile.  They're little vignettes of beauty.  They start off looking rather tame and by the end of summer they are out of control.  Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to over do it with the potted plants but then I get to the nursery and can't help myself. 
John built us a raised bed for some veggies. This year we're keeping it easy with cherry tomatoes and herbs.  Since our yard is mostly in the woods, we just don't get enough sunlight to produce anything bigger than a cherry tomato.  I think I got one cucumber last year.   (That's our bed in the background with the marigolds sitting in pots.)   
So, you'll find me outside whenever I can be, digging in the dirt...transplanting plants and trying to make this little corner of my world just a bit prettier.   And now that school is just about done, you might even find me sitting on the deck with some knitting....aaaah summer! 
Just come on around back and join me!

18 comments:

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Your yard looks so pretty and ready for warm weather. I love how your 'stacked' pots look. I hope you get to enjoy yourself out there knitting a lot this summer.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I would love to join you! If only you lived closer. Your backyard is wonderful -- and such nice, mature trees. After 20 years, ours still don't provide that much shade.

Meg said...

What a beautiful space! I also love all those pots--I say over-do it every year. There really is no such thing as too many flowers!

wayside wanderer said...

What a peaceful, beautiful retreat you have cultivated! I could sit there for hours.

Kristyn Knits said...

just tell me when summer break is here...I'll be over!!
your space is to be admired. one look and people know you LOVE your garden. can't wait to walk in the yard with you...and sit and knit!!

From All Stitched Up said...

Your yard looks great - I'd love to join you. I will join you in spirit I'm thinking of some relaxinng reading and knitting this summer too.

Christina said...

It's so pretty and inviting!

Gloria said...

Gorgeous!! What a great little piece of heaven you have! I can see why you are spending so much time outdoors...:)

Have a happy weekend, hope you get to enjoy some relaxing with your family.

xoxo...Gloria

Ruth said...

I love the garden. I grow mostly veggies. I really need to grow some flowers and fix our beds. They really red help.

Ruth

lily said...

What a fantastic space to enjoy your knitting..........may I join you, I'll brew a pot of tea.

lily

Gigi said...

Oh your yard is so pretty and lush and all those wonderful trees! I have tree envy ;). We don't have many big ones as we had to plant them when we moved into this treeless house 11 years ago. We nearly lost our one big oak in an recent storm -- huge branch ripped off ;( -- hope it makes it. A close neighbor had a tree in her front yard blow over on her car last week. I told Mr. FC I'd be sadder about losing the tree than losing the car -- cars are much easier to replace ;).
Blessings,
GG

christinelaennec said...

Oh you have just my kind of garden, full of beautiful big trees! There's something so good about literally having one's feet on the ground. My family are always pounding on the windows getting me to come inside in the summer evenings! Please keep us updated on your pots - I never seem to be able to make mine as interesting as I wish.

Oh and I'm amazed that on May 24th school is nearly over in the U.S.! Here in Scotland school finishes at the end of June, and in England at the middle of July. The kids generally have six weeks off.

angie said...

thank you so much for the lovely garden tour. So nice to peek.

Carolyn said...

Your yard looks so pretty! What a beautiful space!

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Plain and Joyful Living said...

You have such beautiful spaces Lisa. It is so rewarding isn't it? - working out in the soil.

Mary said...

Lisa I'd love to join you one afternoon over knitting and some iced tea.

Heather said...

You certainly know how to create a lot of beauty in your world. Everything just looks gorgeous.

Meadow Walk said...

WOW! Your yard is just amazing!