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Tour de Homestead

| 5/12/2015 11:21:00 AM

Robert PekelAs I walk out our door, I‘m drawn toward the kitchen herb garden my wife so lovingly planted. There is dill, basil sage, rosemary and thyme. Not far to the right is the pond; the cattails and pond lilies are a bit overgrown and need attention. My focus soon shifts to the bright blue iris in a bed above the native stonewall at the back of the pond. The falling water creates a pleasant sound. Columbine is blooming in the terraced bed beside the iris. The deep red and yellow flowers stand out against the green New England Aster foliage. The phlox that consume the rest of the bed are dropping their delicate pink flowers.

I walk on to the garden area and find the blueberries in blossom. Rhubarb and asparagus are ready to harvest. Half the garden is vegetables, the other half flowers that my wife tends. In between is a covered trellis that is supporting the deep red-purple and white clematis flowers’ that are as big as my hand.

Kitchen Herb Garden 


Milkweed, Brown-Eyed Susans, blue star, sun chokes and echinacea are all reaching up to greet the returning sun. At the end of the trellis walkway, feathery yarrow stands tall. I walk out from the trellis into a field of golden rod, persimmons, white oak and pecan. Here, I pick up the trail we maintain to access the perimeter of the property.

It is peaceful to stroll through the canopy of giant black walnut, elm and pine. The birds are singing and a breath of honeysuckle is in the air. Circling through the wild plum, I spot a honey locust in full bloom. After a pause to enjoy, I enter the orchard. Apples, peaches, pears, plums and cherries make up the tree fruits. Where did we get the energy to plant all this?

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