Several years ago I read in the Farmer’s Almanac that viewing the sunrise on the Summer Solstice would bring good luck for the year.  Whether that was true or simply an old Farmer’s tale, I figured I could use a little extra luck, so why not give it a try?  It was quite a task getting myself up and out.  Did you know the sun rises at 5:15 am on the Summer Solstice? It’s true.  That means in order to get down to the beach from my house (a twenty minute drive) I had to get up at 4am, shower, dress, get my son up (he was 7 at the time and really wanted to go), prod him through eating and getting dressed, stop at Dunkin Donuts for coffee and hot chocolate and finally be on the way.  We arrived at Gillson Park a little before 5, spread out the blanket and sat down to await the sun.

The interesting thing about the sunrise is that everything lightens up well before the sun actually makes its appearance over the horizon.  So we sat and watched the sky lighten up, turning shades of grey, blue, pink and orange. We listened to the waves of Lake Michigan lapping at the shore. Quiet, peaceful, rhythmic.  Sitting on the beach below the sand dunes with the lake spread out before us and the sky going on for miles, it felt like we were cocooned, set apart from the rest of the world.  That we were in a little oasis, far away from our regular lives.  When the sun finally appeared like a ball of fire over the horizon, it was breathtaking. My son was awestruck.  He couldn’t believe how huge the sun was when it was fully over the horizon, or how orange, how bright. It only took minutes from the first flickering flames to the full circle being visible, but it was well worth it.  We’ve now made it a tradition to see the sunrise every summer solstice since then.

Except this year.  This year we missed it.  And not for any good reason except I was just too tired.  Work, life etc. it all gets in the way.  We’re all so busy, working, being social, rushing from one thing to the next, connecting with everyone and anyone on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, whatever.  It can get so overwhelming that the thought of having to get out of bed even one second earlier than is absolutely necessary becomes abhorrent.  So we missed it.  And to be honest, I’ve regretted it a little bit ever since.  Not that I couldn’t have gone any other day, seen the sunrise, felt the peace and enjoyed the serene beauty, I could have, but it wouldn’t have been quite the same as going on the Solstice.  Until the Autumn Equinox on Wednesday.  This felt like another purposeful chance to see the sunrise.  The greatest part about it? On the autumn equinox, the sun doesn’t rise until 6:39 am.  So off we went, with our coffee, hot chocolate and donuts this time.  I was happy to be there, to see the sand, the broad expanse of sky, to hear the waves, to feel the world recede and experience the calming effect of my surroundings.

And as I sat there, it occurred to me that this feeling is exactly what our clients have been raving about for years.  I hadn’t really understood that until now.  We do an outstanding job of designing the landscape. We choose beautiful plants and flowers. We have incredible teams of people doing amazing things during the installation.  And we provide an incredibly high level of care to each property that we maintain.  But the real magic of Scott Byron & Co. is the ability to manipulate that landscape so it creates a feeling.  The feeling that you’ve stepped into an oasis far from the chaos of your regular life.  A place of quiet beauty that envelopes you with a sense of peace and tranquility. A feeling created right in your own backyard, so you can enjoy that feeling every single day.  That’s the magic.  How does your backyard make you feel?