It's a huge, mature Shagbark Hickory that takes a while each spring to fill out... but when it does... it's glorious!
Lush, thick leaves tower toward the sky, providing welcome shade on hot summer days. It has a nice amount of space under it where there are no branches - more than 8 feet of clearance.
I take a chair, blanket, snacks, book and camera and can happily spend a day there.
Some lovely sights within a few feet of my chair:
This is the sunny St. John's/Joan's Wort, the plant that helps keep my mood balanced without side effects since I've become sensitive to pharmaceuticals. It works best for mild to moderate depression but I have found that it does help lessen my severe depression and SAD, especially now that I've discovered some other supplements that help including (but not limited to :) folic acid, selenium, B12, vitamin D and 5HTP.
One of these days I'd love to grow and harvest it myself instead of buying it.
(please consult health care provider before using anything I mention :)
Does anyone know what kind of butterfly that is?
Just for fun... here's a photo of my cat sitting on a box... why not!? ☺☺☺ He loves boxes and was a bit put out that 'his box' had been turned on it's side so he could no longer do his fancy leap into it. But he made it work for him this way too ;-)