Spring 2015

After an extremely long and harsh winter, things have finally come to life all over our property, and the surroundings seem to get greener by the day.

Here are a few photos from recent weeks.

Spring 2014

Flower Power

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I was unfamiliar with Sedum until I noticed some coming up in a flower bed here three years ago. The light green buds open to pale pink flowers that darken in the weeks leading up to cold weather.

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I stumbled upon this Black Diamond Red Hot crape myrtle at Lowe’s a few weeks ago and immediately knew I had to have it. I love the contrast between the bright red flowers and the almost black leaves. I can easily see this becoming one of my favorite plants.

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My former neighbor gave me this Bluebird Rose of Sharon tree for my birthday earlier this year. Although the blooms are more purple than blue, it makes a nice addition to our landscape.

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Another one of my favorites, the Surprise Lilies were out in full force a couple of weeks ago. Although the blooms don’t last long, they are always a treat when they seem to spring from the ground and bloom virtually overnight.

Summer 2013

Since I’m trapped in the house today by rain, I thought I might share some of the photos of plants around our lawn that I have taken over the summer.

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The beautiful orange flowers on this plant attract a multitude of butterflies – which is certainly why it is commonly called “Butterfly Weed.” It’s actual name is Asclepias tuberosa and it is a native perennial plant in our part of the country. Several of these popped up during our first summer here, but I have transplanted most of them to more suitable locations in the yard.

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These double orange lilies were another gift from the previous owners of our property. I find them much more interesting than the standard variety of lilies.

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I planted this purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) a few months ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed the long-lasting blooms. I hear the birds love to harvest the seeds from the round heads during the winter.

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Honey and I purchased and planted this October Glory Red Maple tree in the fall of 2011. It has grown by leaps and bounds, and has the most glorious red leaves in late autumn.

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Another tree that I planted the first year we moved here (2010). I got it for half of its original price because it was during a hot, dry summer. The ground was so hard I had to use a pickaxe to get it planted, but I kept it watered and it has become one of my favorite trees.

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I stumbled upon this Admiration Barberry (Agracejo Admiration) at a local garden center a few months ago and fell in love. Each burgundy-red leaf is rimmed with a chartreuse green, which makes for a wonderful combination.

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Another gift from Bessie, these two crape (or crepe) myrtles were among the largest I had ever seen when we purchased our home. Knowing little about them, I committed the dreadful sin of “crape murder” a couple of years ago by trimming them down to about 6 feet tall. Thankfully, they have recovered nicely and put on a fantastic display this year. I absolutely adore the contrast in color between the purple and pink. It’s like having a firework display in our yard that lasts several weeks!