|This would be the Good Earth Garden|
What strikes me almost every day I walk around the property is that things change really fast this time of year, almost day to day, hour by hour! It was only a few weeks ago that I used the arch in the top image to the right to frame an image of the Stulting House for what I thought was an interesting angle on side view of the house. Now the leaves are so thick on the grape vine they practically block the house from view.
|First Signs of Leafy Vegetables Planted by HE students|
At that time the plot where we plant The Good Earth Garden had been so overtaken by grass, you could hardly tell there had ever been a garden. Then one day I walked behind the house and it was plowed. Shortly thereafter people began planting. Even the seeds planted by the Hillsboro Elementary Schools Students during our opening week are popping up above ground!
Perhaps more strangely, one of the trees in the orchard by that parking lot to the back of the Stulting House is bearing fruit! It's not an apple or pear tree, though. I had thought all those trees were varieties of apple, excepting one pear tree.
|The fruit of this large tree is already falling|
I'd also appreciate help with these pictures of the herbs in the herb garden. I'm pretty sure I recognize the onion and the chives, but my knowledge stops there. Of course our gardeners will know, but we're all volunteers around here, it's a holiday weekend, and I'm impatient, so I'm going to go ahead and post them, and identify them as I catch up to people or find them in my guidebooks. In the meantime, if anyone reading this entry cares to provide some labels, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I'd appreciate any help I get.
If you sit under the trees in the afternoon and are quiet, it sometimes feel like your in the enchanted world of a Disney movie in which the natural world behaves as if it were created exclusively to make you happy. I was lured out by the groundhogs today, but I ended up sitting there for about an hour watching birds, rodents and butterflies, all running and flying around as if they were performing for me. The robins in particular were involved in an intricate choreography, flying from tree to tree, one leaving when another arrived.
My animated film illusion of all this activity revolving around me got a real reality check when I started to get hungry, and realized I couldn't command the creatures to go to my home, clean the kitchen and start dinner; not even to gather food and bring it too me. Real-life woodland creatures seem oblivious to human demands, not at all like they are in the Disney movies! That's okay though. That's what keeps them interesting.