My greatest backyard objective for the brand new yr is to have the ability to spend time in my little home on the mountain once more and see how the backyard has fared within the 12 months I’ve been away. Have the tall eagle ferns taken over the land once more? Is the pond I made for the frogs and toads nonetheless operational? It’s a bit of like returning to the household after a yr overseas – my coronary heart full of affection, my thoughts filled with questions.
It’s been an extended yr for all of us, and my specific burden is gentle in comparison with the sorrows so many suffered. However I do miss my bushes and backyard very a lot and hope to get again there and put issues to order.
Lacking My Backyard
Having a backyard in San Francisco actually has helped me stave off the pangs of eager for my backyard within the mountains. The “love those you’re with” knowledge applies to vegetation in addition to individuals. I’ve loved planting seeds, rooting cuttings and putting in succulent beds right here within the Metropolis.
However my backyard in France, the work of 15 years, is all the time near my coronary heart. Once I purchased the little house, the grounds had been naked, sloping steeply with solely a dozen or so large oaks on the parameters of the property. Now, while you look up at it from city, my parcels are a big inexperienced patch in the midst of the slope. And it was my palms that planted every tree and shrub, bulb and berry bush.
Objective for the New Yr
When I’m able to journey – when the doorways between the U.S. and France get unlocked – I’ve so many initiatives I need to start in my backyard in France. One is to create extra pure meals sources for wild birds.
Whereas I’m residing there, I maintain the fowl feeder filled with grains, seeds and suet. Birds of every kind, from hawks to robins to blackbirds, come there to eat. That is particularly cool in child fowl season, since mother or father birds carry their younger to the feeder and go away them there whereas they’re trying to find worms. However now that life jogs my memory that circumstances can maintain me away for months at a time, I need to make a garden that feeds the birds in my absence.
I’ve a brief listing of shrubs and bushes that can assist my birds make it by means of an extended winter if I’m not there. I’m significantly enthusiastic about putting in shrubs that produce nuts or berries in late fall, berries that stay on the bushes all winter till eaten. Holly bushes and chestnut bushes are nice for this, however I’ve already received tons within the yard.
Two shrubs made my listing: cotoneaster (Cotoneaster) and firethorn (Pyracantha). Each choose solar and good drainage. Cotoneaster affords lengthy, gray-green leaves and summer season flowers that flip into orange-red berries in late fall. These can get taller than the gardener who vegetation them and are drought resistant.
Firethorn additionally produces a large number of shiny pink berries, however it additionally affords nesting areas. The sharp thorns make this shrub excellent for a protecting hedge, which implies that birds nesting there can be protected.