I need to research if lilacs might grow in the shade of our current property. I am going to try forsythia seedlings at the edge of the woods. A splash of color would be a welcome replacement for the rhododendron that were eaten by deer.
I don't know what to call our yard other than "the woods." We do have a few flowers~
|Wild ladyslippers pop up everywhere|
|Hardy perennials grow on the hill|
|Bleeding heart thrives in a corner|
So I was alarmed three weeks ago when I saw smoke rising from the adjacent property recently purchased by a couple from out of town. I trekked into the woods to see what was up and met the new owners, happily tending a good-sized bonfire. I introduced myself, shared my sense of alarm at the sight of smoke, and asked if they had a burn permit. They did. I asked how they got one without a water source on the property. They showed me three five-gallon jugs of water they'd drawn from the nearby stream. I told them there were strict guidelines for having a fire in this town; they said they were aware of that and had procedures in place to be safe.
Two weeks later I got a call from the neighbor on the other side of us. There had a been a fire in the woods behind our property. The new neighbors had not sufficiently doused a fire, the embers reignited, and the flames took off through the underbrush. Thankfully the fire department arrived in time to contain and put out the fire. He told me he talked to the new neighbors, who said they weren't planning to have any more fires. I sincerely hope they hold to that~
|View from the road|
|Stretch of scorched ground|
|Stone wall that edges our property|
I may be a city girl at heart but I take guardianship of "our woods" to heart, too.