Come take a walk around the yard with me.
We’re having an unusually warm autumn in mid-Michigan. As I write this on Saturday, October 21, it is supposed to be above 70. Our typical high is in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. As a result, it’s taking longer for trees to turn, longer for leaves to fall, and causing autumn to extend and extend. I love it.
In the back yard, my patio is finally finished. It’s perhaps 6’x6′ square? I’m not sure because I’m terrible at measuring. I’m surprised I my estimations for the crushed stone and sand worked out just right.
The patio size is just perfect for a couple of chairs and a small table. In August, it looked like this:
Because I work slowly, it took me all summer to dig the space, haul gravel from the front yard to the back, dump gravel in the hole, spread it around, and get those heavy patio pavers in place. One of those patio pavers weighs about 20 lbs. And those bags of sand? More than that. Don’t get me started on how heavy the bags of crushed stone were.
This was the most manual labor I’d done in years. I would work for an hour or two one weekend, then have to recover for a week. Some weekends I didn’t do a thing.
It’s not perfectly flat, but I don’t care. It’s done, and I love it. The only thing left to do this year is use cardboard and mulch around strategic areas in preparation for planting next year. The patio will eventually be surounded by beautiful flowers, herbs, and maybe some lettuce. It’s also right next to a dwarf peach tree that will provide some shade.
In the front yard, the nasturtiums are still green – with one or two flowers appearing here and there.
The burning bush just above these has produced berries, and is just beginning to turn the deep red color of autumn.
And have I ever mentioned how much I love this hydrangea? I doubt it. 😉
Around into the back yard again, the nasturtiums had a late start, but really took off in late summer. Here they are with one zinnia standing tall.
That zinnia is the last of the season, no doubt. It’s fading fast.
The calendula did well in the same general area, too.
The comfrey transplanted from my sister’s house in late August is thriving. I’ll be able to use this around the yard for years.
And, if you can believe it, I have two roses blooming. This first one is starting to fade.
And this one must have opened recently.
The cherry tomatoes and tomatillos I planted are still hanging in there, too.
And finally, the maple tree that guards my driveway is stunning, especially against today’s October blue sky.
Wherever you are, I hope your day is beautiful and bright, full of flowers and sunshine.