I spent yesterday morning cleaning up the patio. Though I’ve worked on it for days, there still is a lot to do to prepare for fall. 

Many of the plants simply needed to be cut back because they were getting stringy and out of hand.

It is a task I enjoy. I roll around on my 20 year old plastic garden cart and snip away. It is relaxing to tidy up, enjoy the birdsong, and cross some of the tasks off my list.

 
I also transplanted the Jade Butterfly tree. I rolled it all over the patio. Then put it where you see it above. 

I wanted to be able to see it from where I sit on the couch with the dogs. I also love watching the curious yard birds hopping all around it. They are so entertaining.

Charlie hops down from the couch every time a squirrel comes to the bird bath to get a drink.

The squirrels seems to delight in taunting him. They typically turn their backs to Charlie which drives him crazy. 

 
Someone mentioned that I should name the tree. What name do you think would be appropriate? Let’s name the Jade Butterfly tree!

 


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    1. Abi is only curious what I'm doing and whether it looks like I might be preparing to go somewhere. She even follows me to the bathroom so I'm never out of her sight.

  1. I like the name Hope for your tree.. as you said it was a king of new beginning for you, getting the old trees cut down and the fence fixed, etc…. hope for good things to come, etc. I like the name Hope or Joy. I may have put it down at the end of the patio where they cut the other trees down, but I can see why you want to be able to see it out your patio doors too. It will look so pretty in the Fall. Maybe another one for down at the other end? Enjoy the cooler weather. We have some here in Oregon and it is so nice.. I even enjoyed the rain we had! Marilyn

  2. I was going to suggest you name your tree Hope because, to me, she is a symbol of hope. A reminder that no matter what we face we can and must hold on to hope. Hope for resolution, peace and joy wherever we land. I think when we lose hope that is the beginning of our death–symbolically or in reality.

  3. I was going to suggest you name your tree Hope because, to me, she is a symbol of hope. A reminder that no matter what we face we can and must hold on to hope. Hope for resolution, peace and joy wherever we land. I think when we lose hope that is the beginning of our death–symbolically or in reality.

  4. I think just Jade for a name?

    Since my son and his pup moved in I've stopped feeding squirrels.

    Koopa goes TOO beserk seeing them outside on the porch…not that he'd hurt them but the barking and all…just too much.

    Meanwhile the CAT has layed down the law INSIDE the house and this 70 lb. pit bull 2 year old knows that the 6-7 lb. 12-13 year old CAT is his boss. She is just fearless, and a bitch, lol. And she's won.

  5. My Winston is 3/4 yorkie and loves the squirrels too. Your patio is so lovely. Jade would be a terrific name for your tree. What are you going to put on the big stump? An old wash bucket would be nice.

  6. When I first saw your lovely new tree I thought it was a type of Ginkgo tree which you later confirmed in a comment response. I love it and especially the shape of the leaves. You see a lot of Ginkgo leaf patterns in art work these days. My first thought for a name was "Joy" because this tree has brought you such joy and I'm sure it will in the coming years. Many like the name "Jade" and I think that is a nice name as well. I know you will name this lovely addition something that feels right to you. Enjoy it and have a peaceful Sunday Brenda!

  7. Reading previous comments and I think Jade is a good name too, but Butterfly seems to stick out in my mind as a good name also. I love your little patio space, what a wonderful private place to sit any time of day to daydream, read or just sit with a cup of coffee or tea and admire the lovely flowers and wildlife. The simple things in life are definitely the best.

  8. I had to smile at the picture of the squirrel you caught with his tail one side on the fence and
    he/she on the other! Love the johnny jump ups, it looks like spring already. We are still enjoying warm weather in southern Ontario and are making the most of the sun on the patio as well our cat Dexter. We seem to have a lot of Chipmunks which he is always looking out for. He hasn't caught one yet thank goodness. For the 8 years he has lived with us he hasn't killed anything I am pleased to say. He doesn't seem interested in birds at all. In the spring he was in the garden and a baby blue jay landed right next to him, he just looked at it quizzically until it flew off.

  9. I'll choose Laurel for your new tree's name. Always enjoy pictures of your patio – you share so many ideas. Wondering if you'd post a picture of your garden cart sometime. Sounds like something I might like.

  10. I just passed a post on Houzz and at first thought it was your patio. Which is to say, your patio is pretty enough that I wasn't surprised it would be on a professional decorating site.
    At a dinner last night with neighbors, one of the main topics of conversation was the delight we all take in the birds that live in our trees.

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