Bare foundation, new construction, one and a half acres of dirt.

Little by little over the years…planting, pruning, weeding, transplanting, removing and rearranging.

Now not a manicured lawn but a grass covered yard.

The front flower bed bordered by native rocks and

Home to a few faithful perinneals.

The willow tree a graceful anchor out front while

A line of cedars and bushes planted years ago form a natural boundary out back.

Containers of annuals put out each spring provide bursts of color

And birdfeeders provide sustenance to our feathered friends.

The landscape of our home like the landscape of our lives, cultivated over years, somewhat haphazard, always in need of maintenance and work,

Producing not perfection but progress.

Karri Temple Brackett
May 22, 2023

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