Somehow I missed celebrating Earth Day yesterday, so today I'm sharing the
view from the front porch this morning looking out across our little quarter acre.
My feeling is that every day this amazing planet Earth should be celebrated,
whether you have beautiful sprawling country acreage, or just a small plot
outside the city.
Yesterday morning we sat out here in brilliant sunshine with our coffee, and by
late morning is was hot. Today cooler weather has returned with a vengeance
and it will stay a couple of days with the possibility of heavy rains. . . . . . there's a
light rain just starting now.
Personally I am embracing this cool Sunday morning. I don't enjoy heat - especially
when the air conditioning system is on the blink which ours is at present!
With rain dampening down the pollen - enabling me to throw open the
windows - and refreshing all the shades of green, I took these few photos early
today to show you how green it is around the cottage.
The small oak tree, snuggling up to the fig, I've mentioned often.
This is 'Bob's Oak', growing from an acorn that sprouted here several years ago.
"Leave it" Bob would say when I showed up with the weeding tools.
"Let's just see what it does". Well here it is, already a substantial tree
with a pleasing shape which seems to be growing about a foot annually.
The birds love it, using it as a perching place for the feeder and bath.
These three trees were all started by us - the red maple, Celeste fig, and
of course the some day 'mighty oak' perhaps to be enjoyed by generations to come!
New Boston ferns are now hanging on the porch - always a favorite here in
Summer months. In Winter they become nighttime roosts for our family of
Carolina wrens who snuggle in the pots, making small 'bedrooms' when the
plants are brown and ugly. . . . . . .but I don't have the heart to take them
down until I replace with new ones come April. I must admit, any birds
trying to nest here in Spring - usually finches who adore hanging baskets but
are so messy - get shooed away because the ferns can't be watered if they move in!