We planted this Arizona Ash years ago. I remember my husband standing out in a storm one time when it was just a baby. He was trying desperately to hold it up and secure it so that it would not get blown over. I remember so many special occasion photos being taken in front of this tree. I remember thinking that it would never be big enough to shade the house and that my husband was crazy for thinking so. Look at it! It's huge and makes a lot of shade. Here is a picture from several years ago....take a look at the tree behind the snowfamily! OMG!
I worked quite a while pulling weeds and pruning the pond area yesterday and today. During the winter, we put a net over it and kind of neglect the entire pond area. The nets are off and the fish are feeding! I love our pond that my guys built a few years back. I had a fairy family living underneath the tree for some time but I have not seen them this year......yet.
Some of the gold fish and Koi are getttin' huge!
Then, I worked in my little English Ivey bed around another tree in the back yard. We had lots of weeds that needed pulling. I like to do that-weeding. It is very therapeutic to me....calming. I do my best thinking while pulling weeds.
Finally, I decided it was time to rest. I went in and took a nice hot shower because my lower back ached.....not a spring chick anymore and all that bending and working muscles I don't normally use kind of gets to me. Now, fresh and clean, I reflect on my work and my joy at being outdoors and seeing all of the wonders that spring brings to the Chandler Home. In closing, I have to show you this last picture of the Flag we have hanging in our front until our boy is safely returned from his deployment to Afganistan.