A Walk Through My Yard

Hi, my friends! I have missed everyone! It has taken me almost 10 years to be “me” again, but oh my gosh, I feel settled inside. It’s something I cannot describe, but just know that I have had to process a lot of hurt and pain and “history” to be here!

As with many things in my life that were messed up, inappropriate, wrong, or just plain destroyed, losing my garden back at the old house really hurt me. A garden? Just a garden? Could that be so bad? Well, now, you all know better than that. My heart and my spirit were there, and many a time that garden was my refuge, a place where I quietly prayed, or cried, or planned. I was constantly trying to make things better. Not everyone wanted to be on the cart — mostly one person, but you try pushing the cart. Or pulling it. It is emotionally, physically and spiritually draining!

The garden here at Jason’s — my dear Jason — is a gorgeous pallete of pine trees, hardwoods, deer, azaleas, and some basic other shrubs, weeds, pests, beautiful birds, and blah blah blah. Jason affectionately calls me “Lynnwood.” Ahhh, I love that name. It makes me so happy to be working in one part of the house and to hear, “Hey, Lynnwood!” from the other end of the house. My best friend, teacher, housemate, soulmate, finance, confidant, a friend to my children.

I was walking through our yard today and trying to decide how to incorporate some of the many things I’d like to do. Where to start! Oh, yes, I was speaking about “Lynnwood,” That’s what Jason calls the backyard as well, because he says it is mine to do whatever I want with. My heart has been so broken over so much loss, so much abuse, it has taken me years to open my heart to creating something else. Doesn’t a lot of stuff just end up getting thrown out or disrespected or bulldozed? It feels that way.

I wanted to share pictures of the garden right now. There is so much to do!! These are just spots here and there.

A feather I found today.
A Victorian birdbath I purchased when I owned my retail shop, Sidetracked.
Ohhhh, I do love her!
Large hibiscus bloom in the yard.

My aim is to have a woodland garden. I have found the the deer have left the butterfly bush completely free of their grazing! Same with lavender. I am trying to figure out what else the deer really do not like! In a recent YouTube vlog, I show where I accidentally walked right up on a little fawn! She stayed so very still. She was obeying her mother to be quiet and hide. How sweet.

If you have any thoughts on what to grow in this type of yard: pine trees, deer (lots of them), southeast US heat and humidity, please do chime right in!

I will be back soon. Feel free to keep up with me on multiple social networking platforms under the name “abitofbirdsong” as I grow my small business.

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

Some Blog Love and Garden Photos

Good morning! I have time for a quick note. This afternoon I am scheduled to jam with friends and acoustic guitars. In the meantime, I am so grateful just to be able to sit down at my art desk and drink my coffee and journal a little bit.

My Etsy shop, A Bit of Birdsong, is evolving into ephemera and papers. As you know, paper is definitely one of my passions. Look for the shop to grow exponentially as I finally turn in the keys to the little red caboose. What a great learning curve it was. The next brick and mortar I run will be in a much busier location. I already having a real estate super sleuth watching for potential locations.

That said, I listened to my sweetie play last night.

On a gardening note, I have begun to find creatures. Oh, what a sign of a little ecosystem! Parsleyworms have found me.

A little garden zen…

Oh, and some blog love. I came across a beautiful calendar over the weekend. It was outdated, but I guess someone local had purchased it and then donated it. Very lovely. I looked up the website. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an interesting ABOUT page. All of the shop members have written a Haiku about their jobs.  Wild Ink Press — cool stuff.

I have some things to do in the Etsy shop, so I must run.  I really appreciate all of your kind comments.  Between moving out of the Sidetracked shop and working on A Bit of Birdsong, AND working full time out of town a lot lately, I have had no time for this blog or to really leave comments for anyone, but I took tomorrow off of work and I plan to play some serious catch-up.  I plan to rest some as well.

Enjoy this day!

Lynn