We are one of those southern residents with a closet-sized backyard. It is my dream one day to live on an acre of land here, a piece of property with ample space for my girls to run and dance and play on their swingset, which I intend to buy as soon as I have a backyard big enough to hold one. But for now we have what we were given, an answer to much searching and prayer and nagging poor Saint Joseph, and we are grateful.
Little did we know when we moved in almost two years ago, that our tiny, ninety percent hardscape backyard was filled with the most wonderful hidden treasures! Hidden to us, because we settled in at a time when nothing was blooming. But last spring, these gems were revealed to us, one by one in their glory. So I pulled out my camera and fruit growth charts and voila! The girls and I had our own backyard nature study. It was so much fun!
Here are some of the treasures we discovered:
Peaches at harvest
Lemons (in season now)
We may not have the huge backyard of our dreams, but we are certainly blessed with abundance. I have learned a great deal from my humble backyard, not only about fruit growth stages and indigenous worms and insects, but even more about how to make the best use of what I have. No matter how small our gifts in life, they can be turned into bounteous fruits when graciously accepted and enjoyed.