It is the beginning of summer. With all its sweet smells. All its brilliant colors. All its earthy tastes. All its promise of adventure. And relaxation. And flowers in your hair. And evening walks that last past bedtime. And time to breathe in every beautiful second of it.
Here are a few of the things we are loving in our yard right now:
These Currants have a beautiful red color and a sour taste but are fun to pick and eat right from the plant in early summer.
We have several patches of Milkweed in our yard. These plants should be getting lots of visits from Monarch Butterflies later in the summer. For now, they look great and smell sweet and are food for lots of other creatures too.
I love the fresh smell of mint. We have it in several places in the yard, but my favorite patch is right outside our front door. I can step out, cut a few sprigs and use it to make peppermint tea for hot summer days.
I love the big leaves on Hosta plants! They remind me of tropical places and make me feel like I am somewhere more exotic than the front yard.
These Daylilies are one of my favorite things about summer. We watch them begin to grow from the ground in early spring and look forward to June when they are in full bloom. There is a shock of orange at the end of our driveway for a few weeks and I savor it every year.
Take a family walk around your yard and see what’s growing!
- Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills
- The butterflies led us (slightly) south