Thursday, May 21, 2009

My Patio

With the days of Winter a distant memory and the threat of frost behind us, it is finally time to venture outside and ready the patio for Summer. My patio is one of the things I love most about my house. It is not a very large space but one of comfort, one that invites you to stay a while with a good book and a nice tall glass of iced tea. We have had many a family gathering on my patio and in the Summer it becomes an extension of the inside rooms of our home. As a family we eat our dinner on the patio and even my husband enjoys watching a favorite sporting event while seated among all the potted flowers. I finally finished up the last bit of planting today and then grabbed my camera to snap some photos to share with you all.
Gardening gives me such great pleasure. All of the amazing colors and the small details of each flower that makes them so unique unto themselves. This year while preparing to plant, I began by collecting all of the clay pots and containers from the shed. Each time I entered the shed I heard the tiniest of chirps. For the life of me I could not figure out where that sound would be coming from. Then out of the corner of my eye I noticed a nervous Jenny Wren with a little worm hanging from her beak flying from the ground to the roof back to the ground. I quickly stepped from the shed and watched to see where she was headed. To my surprise, she flew right into the shed and it was then that I realized where those little sounds were coming from.....
In my haste to clean up at the end of the season last Fall, I carelessly hung a wilted and withered geranium plant on a hook in the shed promising to empty it at a later time. Well that time never did arrive and it is a good thing it didn't. That sweet little bird decided it would make the perfect place to call home and to raise her precious babies. This is what I saw when I carefully peeked inside.
I guess I made just enough noise that those tiny babies thought I was their mother bringing them something yummy to eat. Four little mouths open wide waiting for their lunch. I gathered my containers and quietly closed the shed doors as not to disturb this wonderful new family. I feel blessed to have been allowed to witness this newness of life in nature. A little miracle ......

9 comments:

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

very nice -love the use of the old locker basket -clever!

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Your flowers are beautiful!! The little birds nest with the little mouths open and ready is precious! Thanks for sharing!!

The Pink Birdhouse said...

Mimi, your flowers are spectacular, the colors so vivid! Wow, I love your patio. I wish i had one that I could sit out on while the weather is warm. One of these days we will get around to building one, and i will "steal" some of your ideas with the plants in the pots, set on the chair, etc. I really like that!! As for those baby birds, could anything be cuter then them. Lucky you to have them right there to observe as the grow up. What fun it will be when they start learning how to fly. Have a good weekend. Debby

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

OHMYGOSH...I love your photos and your patio, all the blooms, everything but my favorite photo here is the one of the white chair, the wire basket and red geraniums! LOVE IT!
XOXO
joni

Scrap for Joy said...

Your gardens and planters all look so vibrant and cheerful. It's a nice place to sit with a cold drink and do "show & tell", don't you think? Of course there's a new princess of the yard...Miss Sassy. Lots of room for her to explore!
XOXO
Joyce

Mimi Sue said...

I want to come over and visit! It looks so inviting. The little birdies are so sweet. It won't take long and they'll be ready to fly away. Mimi

Donna said...

What pretty pretty flowers....

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Your patio and your plants are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love your photos!!

Not quite there yet... said...

Just found your blog. Lovely garden area! What a treasure to find those baby birds!

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