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Our Yard In Autumn

Although spring and summer are gone, there are a few plants still growing and blooming around our homeplace.  If I find that something flourishes in a certain place, I’ll take pictures, so that I can remember where the plants are happiest.

I’ve finally gotten muhly grass to survive through the summer, and now we have these beautiful wispy purple “blooms” out by the old boat. Now that it’s established, it shouldn’t need much attention.

This sweet potato vine has been in the old wheelbarrow on the front porch all summer. It’s still putting on a show, competing now with yellow and orange mums.

The celosia returns every year. Motor Man always comments on the bright red blooms.

You may recall that, during the summer, I shared pictures of a black-eyed susan vine that reached the top of this trellis on our deck.  I’m sorry to report that I neglected to water that for a few days, resulting in its untimely demise.

Into its place, I moved this pot of HUGE coleus from another location in the yard.

And, last but not least, the pansies I’ve planted in our window boxes on the deck are a yellow/lavender/purple combination.

This year, I’m paying special attention to what plants/flowers are still doing well late in the season. Because….my friend’s son and his fiancee are planning to get married in our yard next September.

And, you can be sure that I won’t forget to water the black-eyed susan vine next year.

Capturing Our Spring

This is the prompt I chose today for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop:

4.) Share a picture that you think captures Spring for your family this year.

And here’s my picture:

This photo shows the results of just one trip to the nursery/greenhouse this spring. (There have been many.)

Within these boxes are:

3 Coleus plants
2 Lantana
4 Muhly grasses
1 Dahlia
1 Mussaenda
4 Angelonia
3 Phlox
and 2 little shrubs with blue flowers that don’t have a name. Well, I’m sure they have a name, but I don’t know what it is.

You’re probably thinking that this picture certainly shows what Spring is like for ME, but what about the other members of my family?

Well, Marshall has accompanied me on many of my greenhouse trips. He has helped me carry the loot merchandise to the car. He and Motor Man both have been patient as I searched high and low at several locations for Black-Eyed Susan vines. I finally found those, but they aren’t shown in this picture.

As for Motor Man, he helps me plant the items that are in the bigger containers. Post-hole diggers aren’t very girl friendly, so he helps out with that job.

And I’m proud to report that everything in these boxes has been planted either in a flowerpot or in the ground.

But what’s still waiting to be planted shall remain my little secret. My friend, Pam, says I’m a plant addict. And I think she may be right.

I’m seeking therapy. But in the meantime, where’s the nearest greenhouse?

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