While being down, and out for about a month I had little time to be outdoors. However I hobbled around when I was able to spend time in the yard. I found some joy with the many, and varied wildflowers growing well. My entire yard was landscaped with wildlife in mind. Also, I tried to naturalize my landscaping with many native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. One will see domesticated flowers throughout as well.
I have a nice stream flowing through my property. The waters yield
minnows; crayfish, bullfrogs, water striders (skippers) and water snakes. All are very welcome. Along the natural vegetation damselflies are common darting from leaf to leaf. their brilliant colors are a welcome sight to watch. The flowers along the waterway are common to bottomland growth. Bee balms, woodland sunflower, blue irises, button bush, cardinal flower, and others are scattered around in a natural habitat.
It is not uncommon to see Great Blue Herons, and Green Herons sneaking around searching for minnows to eat.
I have native phlox, and purple coneflowers growing all about the yard as well. these flowers attract bees; Hummingbird moths, many butterflies, and other nectar loving insects. Joe Pye stalks reach close to eight feet.