Way Out Back

The ever-marvelous Celi, she of the sustainably-farmed wonders at The Kitchens Garden, challenged all of us to share what we see from our back porch, patio, stoop, door, window or patch of land, and the images pouring in have been a delight. Each so different, each from some other far-flung locale around the globe–but each seen from the home turf of a person joined together in this fantastic community of blogging and readership that makes the otherwise disparate styles and locations seem we are all next door neighbors. What a superb thing, to shrink the world down to a size that can easily fit into a single embrace!photoSo I give you a glimpse of what I see behind my home, too. Our house is situated on a city lot (about the typical suburban US standard of 50 x 100 feet), but it feels both less like a suburban place and much bigger because it backs on an easement, a small ravine for rain run-off and city/county service access. The ravine’s seldom wet (this is, after all, Texas) or used for services, so it’s mainly a tree-filled wild spot and a refuge for local birds, flora, insects, and an assortment of critters that have at various times included not only squirrels and raccoons but also rabbits, opossums, armadillos, deer, foxes, coyotes and bobcats. There have certainly been, along with the delightful bluejays and cardinals and wrens and chickadees, doves, grackles, hummingbirds and killdeers and all of those sorts of small-to mid-sized birds, plenty of hawks and vultures and, I suspect (since I know others not so far from here who have had visits from them) wild turkeys, though I’ve not seen the latter.photoWhat I have seen recently that is infrequent if not rare, is some very welcome rain pouring down on us here, so I’m showing you slightly uncommon backyard views today. The second picture is taken from our raised patio, but the first is the view as I most commonly see it: through the kitchen window, where I can stand safely out of the lightning’s reach (as on the day shown) and more comfortably in air-conditioned splendor than in the 90-105ΒΊF (32-40ΒΊC) we experience so often here. Believe me when I tell you that the intense green of this scene as shown is rather unusual for this time of year, when we would more often have much more brown and bedraggled plants all around us. But we also have the luxury of a sprinkler system, so if the ravine begins to droop in dry hot weather, we’re generally protected from terrible fire danger and can still be an inviting spot for the local wildlife to take its ease. To that end, and because I generally prefer the beauties of the more native and wild kinds of landscapes to the glories of the manicured, I have my new wildflower swath in place and it’s just beginning to show a variety of the flowers and grasses I’ve planted there; seen to the left of the grey gravel path in the second picture, it stretches from the patio all the way back to the ravine.

9 thoughts on “Way Out Back

    • You may need to come and ring the bell for awhile–have a bit of zen relaxation (it has a very lovely tone). We got a few bucketsful of additional rain today, so there’ll be some more blooms coming up pretty quickly out there as well. πŸ™‚ Come on down!! xo

  1. Just lovely, Kathryn … and so what I would expect from you … arranged but not too carefully, allowing for what comes naturally, too! I was thinking how green it looked for your part of the country. Hope you get just enough rain this year. Thanks for sharing … makes me feel like I dropped in for a visit! XO β™₯

    • Maybe we’ll get a chance for that in-person visit sometime. πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, yes, we’ve been getting more rain than usual this winter/spring, so it’ll be interesting to see what the summer brings.

      • Oh, it would be lovely to meet sometime. I am glad that the drought in your part of the country seems to have eased. We have had a mostly lovely spring … a few days of really hot and humid weather last week. Then it rained heavy yesterday and last night … cooling down a little … but really wonderful growing season thus far. It is amazing how nature transforms itself over and over. XO

  2. What a lovely view, Kathryn, and I’m happy you are able to enjoy a bit of green, rather than bedraggled! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing and inviting us over! Next time, I’ll bake something scrumptious to share, too! β™₯

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