“You can have as much earth as you want,” he said. “You remind me of some one else who loved the earth and things that grow. When you see a bit of earth you want," with something like a smile, “take it, child, and make it come alive.” - Frances Hodgsen Burnett, The Secret Garden
When Mom and Dad "retired", sold the house in VA, and wanted to move back to Utah, they envisioned a home that both they and their children and grandchildren could enjoy as they aged!
The home they found was well-built, and the yard had several wonderful, mature trees, but Dad had a vision for the backyard of a haven fruits and vegetables, where family could spill out of the house and gather in various areas of the yard.
I've always wanted to make a blog post of a "tour" of their yard for you all to see, and I finally brought out the camera one evening while we were visiting and got some pictures. I only hope I get the names and details right from my memory, since I'm no master gardener!
The staircase goes down to the lower-patio that has lots of patio chairs and benches and ledges to sit upon. The entire yard has a walking path that goes all around the yard. In the winter, Dad shovels it off and uses it for some exercise. The kids use it to ride their bikes around.
There is a big kidney-shaped sandpile that supplies hours of fun for the kids, and there is plenty of room for all the grandkids! The barn "shed" is where every tool and gardening need is stored. When in doubt, I just put it in the shed. :)
Mom also has several pretty bushes and flowers growing, including these lovely irises!
At the curve in the path, there is a peach tree, which we thinned last time we were there, and some elderberry bushes, which Mom and I cut down and bundled last spring.
The cherry tree had just been "netted" to keep the birds from eating all of the fruit. Oh, how I wish those cherries were ready when we were there! Dad's got a couple of cherry trees and down that path on either side are Bear Lake Raspberry and blackberry canes.
So, that brings us to the end of the tour! I added a couple pictures of some flowers that mom has around the house. Wouldn't you love to visit? I know I do.