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Are you one of those folks who gets the mower out in early April? Do you love a pristine, mono-culture lawn?

Well, we’re not those kinds of folks. While we appreciate the immaculate lawns in town, we like to let our own grass and flowers grow a bit before taking a ride on the mower–and my husband likes to scythe parts of the yard for hay. Crunchy, I know. But when you have a few acres in the country, you can get away with it.

This year, when we were finally ready to take a first pass on cutting the lawn, the mower wouldn’t start. It needed new parts. And my husband was finishing teaching a power systems class for the first time at the local university (in addition to his day job as an engineer). And I was wrapping up my first year of leading a local homeschool co-op.

The lawn had to wait a bit longer than usual. But it didn’t wait begrudgingly.

My friends, we were rewarded with a beautiful show of wildflowers. And lots of frogs hopping all around in the evenings, too. May is a busy month full of end-of-school-year happenings. In the midst of it all, I would like to share a bit of beauty that came from something not happening. Enjoy.

Arkansas wildflowers spring summer bachelor's button blue
Blue Bachelor’s Button
arkansas wildflowers spring summer crimson clover
Crimson Clover in the shade — We planted seeds over a year ago and they’ve come back nicely this year!
Arkansas bee crimson clover lawn unmown
Bee on Crimson Clover in the sun
arkansas wildflowers spring summer potato dandelion
Potato Dandelion
arkansas wildflowers spring summer common purple vetch
Common Purple Vetch
arkansas wildflowers hairy buttercup
Hairy Buttercup
arkansas wildflowers spring summer purple
Venus’ Looking Glass
arkansas wildflowers daisy fleabane
Daisy Fleabane (I’ve always called these asters! I was wrong!)
arkansas wildflowers spring summer lawn rose verbena
Butterfly on Rose Verbena
bee yellow coreopsis arkansas wildflowers
A neighbor’s Honey Bee (and a tiny beetle) on our Lance-Leaved Coreopsis
arkansas wildflowers coreopsis bud yellow
Lance-Leaved Coreopsis with bud in view
wildflowers spring summer lawn five spot
Five Spot flowers and bud
Arkansas wildflowers wild hyacinth
Wild Hyacinth
Arkansas wildflowers spring summer false garlic
False Garlic
Arkansas purple wildflowers spring summer hairy phacelia
Hairy Phacelia (purple) and Corn Salad (white)
Arkansas wildflowers lawn corn salad
More Corn Salad
Arkansas wildflowers blue toadflax lawn summer
Blue Toadflax
arkansas wildflowers indian pink red yellow flower
The always-elegant Indian Pink
Arkansas wildflowers spiderwort summer
Arkansas wildflowers dewberry spring
Dewberry Flower (dewberries are like small blackberries–we get a sampling of them every year by our creek)
Arkansas wildflowers dewberries crimson clover rocks
Dewberry Flowers and Crimson Clover by the Creek
Dewberries are about ready now!

The lovely show I’ve captured for you here spans April and May, but not comprehensively. There have been even more flowers beneath our feet–spring beauties, tiny violets, yarrow, and flowers for which I don’t yet know the names. (The ones I do know, I’ve learned mostly from friends or from the book Arkansas Wildflowers, which organizes flowers by color for easy reference.)

The front lawn is mowed now, and we’ve edged around the house. There’s still tall grass and wildflowers out in the side yard, to keep those neighborhood bees happy (yes, we get honey from across the fence–it’s wonderful).

So if your lawn gets a little long and scraggly this summer, and you just can’t get around to mowing it as soon as you’d like, I hope this post will encourage you to find the beauty in it even as you make space in the schedule for your lawn care routine. Enjoy the season.

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The words of Jesus, from Matthew 6:28b-33