"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible."
- Jonathan Swift
It was a typical weekend day in the yard. I had to water and fertilize the garden, do some weeding, cut back the knotweed, and mow the yard. This takes about 4 hours. For some, it might seem like a lot of work, but I like it. It is when you are deep in yard work that you truly see your yard.
I started with the tomatoes. I had to stake them up some more. As I was working in the tomato bed, I startled a garter snake sunning itself on the black weed cloth. It then slithered away. We have seen a lot of snakes this year. It brought me a little joy to see the snake.
I brought out my trusty scythe, and went to knock back the knotweed by the creek. I had completed a few strokes, when I notices a snail on one of the knotweed leaves. This was the second time this year I had seen a snail in the yard. I showed the wife the snail, took its picture,and put it back into the knotweed.
As I was cutting the knotweed, I noticed the sumac had set fruit. Soon, I would be able to take the fruit clusters and brew some sumac tea (it tastes like a cross between iced tea and pink lemonade).
While trimming around the house, I came across a stray tomato plant growing by the trash cans. I am not sure where it came from. I has spread some compost around this part of the yard last year when I had put the stone in for the trash cans. As compost my tomatoes, I can only surmise it was a holdover from a previous year,
I had pulled weeds by hand around the barn. I just threw the long grass and ivy into the yard where it would be chopped up when I came out with the lawn tractor. While mowing the yard, I saw a robin grab one of the long pieces of grass. I watched it fly around, and then fly up to a corner of the barn roof where it was making a nest in an overhang.
As said, it is when you are deep in yard work that you truly see your yard.