So this afternoon we went out to one of the local parks. I’d had a long day, (which is getting longer by the minute), so we went out around 5 PM, which can be a big mistake around here because of rush-hour traffic. Luckily it wasn’t too bad tonight, and it only took about 10 or 15 minutes to get there.
Marymoor Park has over 600 acres, including dog runs, climbing wall, tracks, softball fields, biking trails, and just an incredible spread of trees and land that I’d love to have for a front yard. We go there and sit in a couple of the areas, just chilling, enjoying the energy. In fact the pictures for my second Year of Trees photo project was taken in Marymoor.
There’s a tree there that I absolutely love. There’s a sign by it that says, “I’m an old tree. Please don’t climb on me.” And it always makes me smile. Here’s a picture of it. I’m not sure what kind of tree it is, but I have very gently walked beneath the branches there, and it’s like being inside a cave or a hut.
As we pulled into one of our usual spots, a squirrel came running over from the grass. He edged toward our car even though we were still moving, staring at me like he wanted to have words. Then he dashed away. A moment later, as I leaned out the window, he came running up again, staring up at me like WE REALLY NEED TO TALK. I think he probably wanted food, which I didn’t have for him, but boy, that little guy focused on me. I felt judged by the Squirrel of Hunger.
Coming home, as we pulled into the driveway I noticed our foxglove is beginning to really bloom. It’s my favorite flower, and a couple of years ago it suddenly appeared in our yard. Now, nobody around here has it, although it grows wild all over the place when you’re out away from the inner suburbs, but it just showed up. I consider it to be Mielikki’s flower, so I have a feeling she had a hand in bringing it over to me. And yes, I do know to be cautious with it. That’s one of the first things I learned years ago.
Our irises are also blossoming out. I don’t remember planting yellow ones, though I did plant a whole bunch of bulbs. There must have been some yellow ones in the group. Although two of them have fallen over. They shouldn’t be too heavy, so I’m thinking maybe the yard care guys knocked them over when they mowed the lawn yesterday. They tend to do things like that, which is why I have a friend work on my actual gardens, and the yard care guys only get to do yearly cleanup, moss removal on the roof, and mowing the lawn. Don’t get me wrong — they’re a nice group, but they don’t tend to understand my love of a having a slightly wild yard and they’ve pulled out flowers before, and shrubs that I wanted left alone.
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