is a jungle.
Believe it or not, that could be a beautiful hill with draping vines from the back ledge (hidden by underbrush right now), azela bushes, and flowering perennials. However Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders had an easier time taking San Juan Hill than we’ve had trying to reclaiming this area. During the week, I try chipping away at the underbrush and weeds. When the weekend rolls around, using my best Teddy commander’s voice I tell John to “take that hill”. Alas, our New England weather really hasn’t cooperated. Where else but New England do you go from turning up the heat and watching hail bounce off the roof in May to melting from 90° humid air the next day, then dropping 30° all within the same week?
You’re getting a view of my back yard because I recently found a great blog based on posts from some of my favorite bloggers – Bams Kitchen, The Bartolini Kitchens, and The Complete Cookbook, who follow Celi on The Kitchens Garden. Celi offered a challenge to post what you see from your back (or front) door or balcony and I’ve been looking at some very lovely patios. gardens, and vistas.
So although this hill doesn’t look like much more than a bunch of overgrown weeds right now, hopefully by the end of the summer I’ll be able to post some progress. In the meantime though, until the weather cooperates I’ll focus on fauna rather than flora. I’ve mentioned that we live in the smallest populated town west of Boston, Massachusetts but within an hour of all that the city has to offer. It’s a farming community with a population of fewer than 3,000 people (probably more cows and horses, but that’s just the human count) so we have plenty of interesting wildlife out here.
My most consistent visitors are the deer who walk along that ledge on the top of the hill then come down to your front yard to trim our shrubs.
We also have some wild turkeys who wander through, sometimes pecking at people’s front doors. They’re really strange looking creatures and huge.
Some of my favorite visitors are the fox. This year we have at least one female with 2 kits although I’m sure there are more. This one loves to sun but can be hard to spot in the leaves.
Why he rings the doorbell, I don’t know other than that it drives Lola crazy.
I’m not sure when my next post will be since this computer is on its last legs and the new one coming has the new Windows version. I’m not sure what Bill Gates has cooked up in this one but I hear from others that there is a “learning curve”.