Several of these plants are volunteers. The pine tree in the back left corner by the fence was there originally, part of the old growth forest before the homes were built. There’s a holly bush behind it that is also a volunteer that must have been in the old forest. The Magic Purple Crepe Myrtle on the far left in the foreground is one that I planted. the rosebush that you can’t see except for one orange flower on the far left behind the purple crepe myrtle I planted. And the Esperanza that makes beautiful trumpet like yellow flowers is behind the purple crepe myrtle, near the center of the photo and in the back at the bottom some red miniature roses that need to be moved so they do better. Everything else, the hot pink crepe myrtles, other pine trees, youpon holly trees, those are all volunteers.
Those are filling up areas where nothing would grow. Nothing. Now I have a bonanza of color. Never give up. Never surrender. They just needed more shade to do well in this hot environment.
It’s great for color, helping to soundproof the yard a bit since we’re all so close to neighbors, creating a little slice of paradise, making it appear that we’re not all on top of each other, and providing more shade, and safety for birds.
Have a super fun day! Need to get started on mine!
Seagull is from Daytona Beach. Mermaid created with Daz3D.
I’ve been working all morning on trimming back crepe myrtles. I don’t top them, but I trim off the lower branches to form a nice tree. The peeling bark on crepe myrtles make the trunks just as beautiful as the foliage and flowers. So one is blooming! It’s a red, but its flowers came out pink this year. lol
And I have two beautiful volunteers are realize are weeping crepe myrtles. I love them, but never bought any. I was trimming the base of them too so they would grow up a bit and other plants below them could still do well. I love weeping trees. They’re majestic and it adds something unique to the garden.
Well, little one is here, so we walked and will do the splash pad later this afternoon. It’s going to be another scorcher today. The mermaid has the right idea, stay in the water and stay cool!
I’ve still got a cold, though I’m glad it’s nothing worse than that. Today we’re having a birthday party for my grandson–Where the Wild Things Are–though he’s like this sunflower, sunny disposition and smiley.
I’m off to try and get a little done on Highland Wolf. I’ve felt so dragged out that I only managed to read through 3 chapters yesterday, of 4 that I’ve written, to remember where I’m at in the story after stopping to do edits on the other book. The two days before the cold hit me, we were taking long walks and I felt great!
Still combing and cutting the dogs’ hair. I thought it was really bad last time because I was doing it with a broken wrist, but it’s just as bad this time.
Back to doing the Oscraps art challenges for the new month!
I planted chives this morning, other plants last night, still need to put in some other flowers and a couple of herbs. I need more soil and bark mulch! And I have sunflower seeds that I need to figure out where to plant also. I keep thinking if I have enough plants it will shade out the weeds.
We had fog today. Love it as long as I don’t have to drive in it!
I’m off to write for a while. I’m up to 6,000 words on the new book!
The before picture was taken later spring so the grass is much greener. The rocks had just been put down. But in the new picture, pine trees have sprouted up, the boxwood I put in grew by leaps and bounds, and when they’re ready, the planter is filled with flowers.
Okay, I’m off. Thunderstorms this morning and little one is here.
I have to keep pulling the weeds, but at least some of the stuff that looked like weeds proved they’re not and are now providing a flowery showcase. The fuschia-colord phlox is so pretty right now and lilies are about to bloom, wild clover, and sunshine ligustrum. Hopefully, the ligustrum will start to really grow a bit! It’s supposed to be 6 feet tall and it’s just maybe a foot tall. Some of the ones in the back are about five foot now. And one in the front is 6 foot. So maybe this one is going to be a runt of the litter.
When I lived in Oklahoma, I had this color of phlox and redbud trees and their flowers are the same shade of pink-purple. It looked like I was a master gardener and had planned it that way. lol I’d never had either plant before, so I was amazed at how beautiful the combination was.
Okay, I’m off to work on Bear in Mind. Have a great day!!
These are the everblooming Encore Autumn Fire azalea. What I love about them is they bloom at least three times a year. I have the traditional lavender ones also, but they only bloom once in early spring. I rescued them from a garden center before they were thrown out. They’re so pretty, but I wish they bloomed more often. That’s why I love daylilies. They bloom over and over again, unlike the Asiatic lilies. The Asiatic are so beautiful, but I wish they bloomed for longer.
I pulled up a ton of grass and weeds in one of the flowerbeds, but I swear that the grass and weeds think that means I’m cleaning it out so they can sprout tons more weeds and grass. I’m sure when I go to bed at night, they’ll have returned in the morning in earnest.
I only managed a 1,000 words on Wolf Pack last night. It’s at 15K. I was working on edits on Wolf on the Wild Side. Need to final proof it before I turn it in.
We’re off to the museum this morning and a birthday party, so have a fun day!
So I was trying to get the tomato plants used to the filtered sun but the wind wasn’t cooperating. And then my garden dragons jumped right in to save the day! Aren’t they the little dears?
I finally planted all of the tomato plants. All 7 of the 5. Yes. You read that right. My daughter told me she gave me 5 tomato plants and when I had planted 3 of them, I realized I had 4 more. lol Anyway, white, red, pink, yellow, and midget (2), and burgundy. It should be fun! If they all make it. They already had 6 tomatoes on them. And all of them were in bloom. I LOVE tomatoes.
I managed to write another 3,000 on Wolf Pack and am at 12K. Off to write and do some more weeding.
Plants that are gray-green in color are supposed to be more drought resistant, so I’ve read. This is a perennial: Eryngium bourgatii herbaceous.
I didn’t go swimming like I planned to because it was supposed to storm. And it didn’t. I shouldn’t listen to the weather reports. lol
I’ve been busy editing You Had Me at Cougar. I think I finished it to the end, except still need to finish two scenes. I remembered another scene I had to add this morning. One of those loose ends. Oh, and I have another too, that I’m going to have to finish up, I just realized.