A Garden Full of Friends
Living in Zone 5, things are really getting revved up in the garden now. The weather is still very pleasant, and so working outside is a real pleasure, and as I was out doing a number of things, I noticed so many of my “friends.” I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures to share with you. I picked our first strawberries of the year. Oh, my, they are good.
3 years ago I planted a row of basket willows. Each year we prune them down and they put up new growth. Yes, they are for making baskets!
Another sweet friend, a Columbine. They re-seed and come up every year.
For the last 10 years, we’ve had a nest of barn swallows above one of the bedroom windows. A little messy, but I don’t care about that. They are so sweet and I look forward to their arrival in April. They always raise two families every spring.
I was particularly happy when I saw this! I planted a Yucca plant last year and it is getting ready to bloom for the first time. I like to use fibers from the leaves in weaving baskets as well.
Keeping a garden can be an awful lot of work, but the rewards are more than worth it. There are so many welcome friends that appear in a happy progression each year. I feel so blessed.