My family, and our 'peeps' in the know, always enter our home by walking up on the back deck and sliding open the back door. We do this mainly because of the set-back and detached garage. It just makes sense to hop out of the car and take the path of least resistance ....... especially when weighted down with groceries and screaming smiling kids.
As you step up on the deck, you can catch a glance of the backyard and one of the vegetable gardens. Usually I enjoy the view and take an extra moment to scan the progress of the plants and make mental note of any hearty weed patches to attack at a later time. Lately, however, I have found myself dropping my chin to my chest while making a bee-line for the door. The above average rain totals coupled with abundant storm activity have left my yard and garden patches a swampy mess. Nothing I, or anyone else, would want to stop and admire.
When I woke up this morning, squinting at the rays of sunlight bursting through the window, I decided I would grab my camera and head out to the gardens and purposely look for the pretty ......... sometimes you have to look closely.
The colors and textures never cease to amaze me.
We have never planted corn, so I was quite surprised to see a root system (brace roots - I Googled it) above ground. So interesting!
The wind blows ever so gently and the anthers (Google again) shimmy and shake.
Roma tomatoes this year ...... hoping to make some salsa!
These cherry tomatoes will barely ripen before the nimble fingers of my children will pluck them from the vine and pop them into their mouth
Look! It's a teeny tiny pepper!
A cucumber blossom ...... the ONLY pretty part of the plant (I really dislike the fuzzy, prickly stems)
This delicate white blossom will make way for a lovely long green bean.
Another cherry tomato plant, but this one is in a container on the back deck. I think this photo is funny because you don't expect to see a minivan as the backdrop.
Today I looked at my gardens, closely, and started to smile about it again.