I think I will be taking some time from this point and on at least in the Spring and early summer posting pics of some of the treasures, like these two Japanese Maples from my garden.
I filled about 10 yard waste bags with leaves and fallen branches this afternoon and the visible difference is already amazing and there are only a few things up and blooming at this time. Everyday now will usher in amazing changes...beautiful changes and maybe even a nasty hail storm that could strip every beautiful plant and tree bare. I've seen it happen and I have no control over that. I used to fret so much about the possibility of such disasters as hail, late frosts and freezes, Japanese Beatles and others pests like rabbits, deer, voles and chipmunks but today I don't. I have seen the absurdity of such worry and fretting. Last year was a perfect example during our 3 day freeze event after everything was in full growth mode. Yards all over the community looked as if ghosts were standing guard with trees and plants covered with sheets and many other types of coverings in an attempt to protect tender new growth. 3 years ago my yard would have looked the same and I would have still awakened the next morning and the next two that followed and had to deal with plants that had been frozen so hard that no frantic attempts to protect would have stopped the destruction. The two trees pictured above didn't look like they do in these pictures and all I could do was pull off the leaves that had turned to mush and say...maybe next year? I will see in a couple weeks if this year will bring out their awesome beauty...and so I wait. I'm enjoying this process so much more these days just accepting it for what it is. I'm just a temporary caregiver/groundskeeper in this amazing natural creation that I have such an appreciation for. This is it's gig and it is much bigger than I am.