Quite a rainstorm today, with a lengthy burst of pulsating water and a great Summer breeze to go with it. It all left behind a layer of green we haven't seen in several weeks.
Gardeners call what we have a "mature landscape". It means new things grow and bloom but trees are starting to have their end of lives near. We've lost 4 in the last few years, but that was due to harsh freezes right before Spring, killing off the weaker ones.
It's an imperfect perfect back yard. Home to a wedding, numerous celebration dinners, and lots of late night drinks (and dancing) on the patio, it's been an important part of our family and church life. I think back with thankfulness and joy for the Lord placing us here!
(Photographs copyright Mark Taft.)