Love this time of year when the strawberries can be found everywhere (especially my own backyard) and that they are red all the way through, so juicy, this is the one fruit I dream of all winter long. Fresh Italian parsley and cilantro on the patio, always ready as garnish and color for summer pasta or a quick salad, Ben and Emma were eating it straight from the planters over the weekend. Basil, or as it is known around here "that pesto plant", yep my daughter only wants pesto on her pasta and I successfully froze batches last summer to use during the months where a little taste of summer gets you through the rain and gloom- working on doubling the amount this time around. Windchimes: this is my first bamboo chime, a gift from Ben for Mother's Day, it is right outside our bedroom and I love the soft, soothing sound it makes when a summertime breeze is blowing. Bird feeders- we have a few, I hung this one outside our room this spring and the sometimes the birds come in so close we can almost touch them- love that the juvenile chickadees that recently left the nest are coming in several times a day to snack on black-oil sunflower seeds.Lavender and bees- there was just enough heat this past week to allow the lavender to begin blooming and the bees are loving it almost as much as I am. One of my favorite things is to dry all the varieties of this lovely purple flower and have it in each room during the winter to bring a little scent of summer indoors.
These two chairs, my parents gave these to us (they wanted something smaller for their porch) and we have spent many an hour drinking coffee or lemonade, reading, or just hanging out in them. They may get a bright blue or sage green make-over this fall.
Lanterns and lights,I have owned these for over a year and we (ok, Dave) took some time a couple of weeks ago to hang them outside our bedroom above the deck. And yes, we have sat under them the few evenings that were warm and dry (come back sunshine, you are missed.) Their soft glow gives us just enough light that we can both see where we are going and enjoy the stars as well.
Our yard has evolved so much in the twelve years that we have lived here and I am finally following through this year on my resolution to spend time enjoying the very yard that I have put so many hours of sweat and tears into. And I am loving every minute of it.