Judy and I are totally happy in our
good old cozy little country house.
It's good (for us).
It's old (about 100).
It's cozy (but not cramped).
It's little (but bigger than a breadbox).
And it's country.
When you have a little house and the weather
is beautiful, it's a blessing to have lots of
surrounding land to ramble about on.
And I did a bit of that today. Now I get
extra credit for exercising my knee.
|This is Royal Fern, found at the stream.|
|This ocean of Bracken Fern is on the dry sandy land|
between our stream and a natural wetland.
|Our Orange Milkwort spreads a bit every year. Once|
I identified it, I've been careful to preserve and
nurture it on the path to the stream.
|A blackberry patch on the path to the stream.|
Though it grows larger every year, birds and deer
beat us to the harvest. But that's okay.
|Our 100 year-old pear trees appear to be laden|
with a bumper crop of old-fashioned pears this year.
Last year looked good, but they mysteriously disappeared.
We suspected squirrel, but will be observing closely.
|These pears are hickory-nut size, quite promising|
for this early in the year.
|Ebony Spleenwort is a small but sturdy fern.|
Like Bracken fern, it does fine in dry areas.
Ferns are quite diverse, including habitat.
|The proliferating Prickly Pear Cactus is oblivious|
to the fire ants in the midst. And vice versa.
The cactus will abound with waxy yellow blooms soon.
|This blackberry patch is at the roadside, and last year|
the deer left it alone. It helped Judy to a summer of
cobblers and muffins, with a few left over to freeze.
|Pipssissewa, or spotted wintergreen, is one of my|
favorites. As nature instructor as Camp Cherokee,
I chose this little plant for my Indian name.
In June, its tiny white flowers will open wide briefly.
Some of our favorite plants grow right
around the house.
|This cool-weather loving plant is Bellwort.|
But it's also known as Trinity, due to its trademark
three petals. I have told the grandchildren how that
stands for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each
of them has taken a specimen home to plant.
|Judy adores the Sweet Shrubs that provide a|
lovely fragrance to her prayer garden.
|We hope to get a lot of blueberries from this bush|
in the prayer garden. But we may have to share
with the deer.
|This Coral Honeysuckle is not as sprawling as wild|
honeysuckle. I dug this up in the woods years ago,
and it continues to thrive.