As we have settled in to our summer routine I find myself longing for the shade of our back patio. It gives such a nice break from the sun. In the morning the bright sun shines in and brightens every inch of it, but by 10:30 it is almost covered in shade. Only the edges where I keep my plants get sun. Then by the afternoon the sun doesn't even touch these areas. I love to sit and look at my flowers and little trees that we've planted. I also love to let my eyes drift out towards the pecan groves and even further to the mountains in the distance. I always secretly hope to catch some desert wildlife, but the only thing that seems to pass by are people walking on the trails or a few birds. We do have lots of lizards that like to sun themselves on our walls. Now, they are fun to watch. They do this little up and down thing that we like to call their morning push-ups. I'm not sure what the purpose of this is. We, however, find it hilarious.
Just yesterday I was sitting out back and I said to myself, "What is that sweet smell?" I looked over and realized it was Mae's lemon tree! It was full of blooms. It almost smelled like honeysuckle. How marvelous! I got up and admired the little tree and all it's new blooms and I noticed many more buds getting ready to blossom. Soon, if we're lucky, we may have a tree full of lemons!
I love my flowers I have planted. The periwinkles and lantana I've planted remind me of home. They love their new residence on my patio and seem to be getting plenty of morning sun. I like to think they are doing so well because they like my company. I can go to my patio and be delighted by the sights and smells of my beautiful little "garden". With the new fragrance of my lemon tree and the gorgeous colors of the blooms I now have even more to enjoy on my back patio. Soon I hope to sit back and admire my patio with a tall glass of lemonade!