I love a walking road trip.
Or maybe it’s better called a destination walk?
Either way, I enjoy walking the sidewalks in towns not my own.
I’m partial to parks, of course, but I also enjoy a slow stroll along someone else’s Main Street.
Window shopping’s fun. But I also love flower box browsing.
What combinations of lovely do other folks plant? What’s blooming on the front stoop?
As a walking tourist, I guess I have a bit of a floral fascination. I already know just about every shrub, perennial, and pot in my own neighborhood, so it’s a little fun to see how they do it in another neck of the woods.
When I walk new neighborhoods, I discover what summer abundance grows wild by a garden gate or tucks neatly around a mailbox, what burst of summer celebration hangs lush and colorful from a hook on a front porch.
It’s a little peek – really – into a life I know nothing about except for the beauty they’re willing to share with a stranger, a passer by, a someone like me who very much appreciates the gift.
A rose by someone else’s gate … still smells as sweet as my own.
So a grateful thank you to those kind strangers whose streets I walk … and an open invitation to amble past our garden anytime.
Just now, the coneflowers are in full bloom.