This photo is of more Ornamental grass… but it reminds me of my childhood. I grew up, in the middle of no where, in NC. We had 16 Acres, 8 of which were usually covered in some kind of grain. We grew quite a bit of hay there. Our property sat snuggled in between 2 dairy farms, so guess who used to reap the benefits of the hay planted every year lol.
We also had a very nice orchard. We never charged, everyone was always free to go down there and pick whatever they wanted. We had canning pears, which I prefer to the ones in the grocery stores. They were so coarse, but so sweet. We grew muscadine grapes. My cousins and I would sit on down there and eat those til we got sick. Peaches, plums, apples, I loved it.
Back then Grandma even had a garden. She grew everything in there. We’d get meat from the store, raw milk from the neighbors (I only just realized yesterday that this is probably the reason I don’t like pasteurized milk), and everything else came from our land. It was nice back then. I mean Grandma was a beast, but she was one hell of a gardener lol. That woman could grow anything.
I’d like to say I’d go back to NC and plant a garden and live off the land, but truth of the matter is, my back yard, which is a good-sized yard, is partially red clay. So in order to even consider this I’d have to have the back yard graded and have quite a few feet of dirt replaced. It’s just the back side of the yard which is clay but that is like the best place to put a garden. I don’t know, I guess we’ll see just what I’m willing to do when I get home. I must have this beautiful cedar tree trimmed back and Zoies Rhododendron removed so we can replace the fence, maybe once the fence is up it’ll be worth considering.
Anyway, yesterday and the day before, I posted photos of this tree/shrub I think is a hibiscus. I would like to have gotten a better look at it, but truth of the matter is I was standing on a sidewalk taking the photo over a sea of sunflowers and lavender. It was in someone else’s yard. I couldn’t exactly go get a better shot, but I do have another shot LOL. So here it is.