Dealing with one's sorrows
in life can be a challenge. Unfortunately one could say everyone living
has their own battle to fight. With this in mind wherever we live, I
have always used the space outside my window for a picture of pleasure
for anyone who can see and who passes by that window.
My husband opened up a brick
wall and installed a sliding glass door off my handicapped daughter's
bedroom. By that he set a patio. Around the edges of this patio we
planted Canna Lilies. The eve he put over the patio ends in a splash
down right there at the Canna Lilly plants. Of course, lilies love water
and as a result they become huge. In like manner we planted Canna Lilies
at the edges of the septic laterals where the run at the front of the
house. They became so huge and striking it was most enjoyable to look
out across the front lawn to see them there. The Canna Lilies on the
south by the bedroom window stay protected and with only a light mulch
they winter over.
One thing to remember is
that Canna Lilies must be cut down BEFORE a frost. If the leaves are not
cut they become toxic and poison the bulbs. This can cause the bulb to
die and not put out new shoots in the spring.
When the curtain is pulled
back from that glass door in the morning one is greeted by the beauty of
these very large leafed plants. It is only a small thing but can be most
The arbor in front of our
house my husband set in and built after we had owned the house over
twenty six years. At this very moment from my computer I am watching a
Wren, a redbird, and some sparrow.
My father in laws treasured
rock collection rests on shelves along one of the lattice work walls my
husband set there. The rocks are unusual and interesting. I can usual
tell about the person's interests as to the different rocks they admire
as they pass by them on the way to the front door. Also they are
directly beside my computer screen. Something about the rocks the birds
Trailing off the arbor are
the drops of trumpet vine blossoms. The hummingbirds love these and are
a pleasure to watch as they visit each flower.
The most recent addition is
a small fountain my husband built from some of the rocks from his Dad's
collection. The fountain he made too deep for the birds to use as a
bird bath. They have a smaller bird bath out on the lawn. However, the
little Wren manages to find nooks and crannies where he can splash about
for a bath. The other birds sit on the ledges and watch him as if
wishing they could do the same.
It is true we have had years
to work at controlling this hillside, prairie environment. On the other
hand for the short time we lived in Dallas, Texas we were just as able
to manipulate our environment to do the same thing. Banana plants grow
well there and this is what I used outside the windows to have that
tropical leafy look to frame the windows. Planted close to the window
they are, true, on the outside. But something about the large leafiness
of the plant brings it into the house via that window.
This is a time when some are
fascinated by the culture of the American Indian. Usually this
fascination goes toward the animals and their relationship with the
people. Let it be noted that Native Americans were equally as
appreciative to the works of creation going to the plant world. There's
was the belief, "There will always be something there for you." "It may
be a tiny flowered plant growing through a tight crevice in a rock, but
it will be there at a time when you need it."