It’s safe to say the backyard is evolving.
For starters, I am now the proud owner of a glider. Have you ever? I wanted a swing, and may still get one, but—for now—I’m happily gliding along.
In Southeast Texas, you have to be vigilant when it comes to mosquitoes. And no matter how much you spray your yard with the right stuff, some still have the nerve to meander out, day and night. I bought two citronella lanterns to help ward them off. This one hangs right next to the glider.
This adorable angel girl is another new addition. She holds a butterfly in her hand and I bought her to use as a tombstone for our precious collie, Princess, who was buried right here in this spot of the yard in 2003. Up until now, her grave was marked with a plain concrete block that had her name printed on it, but I wanted something, well, prettier. It’s taken me this long to find the perfect thing.
A few yellow coreopsis plants have been added to the side of the garage. They remain in pots, for now, and are doing well.
My lantana finally took on a growing spurt. I was afraid I would lose it at first, but it seems to have made a turn for the better. Gardening is all about trial and error, about hoping, and waiting.
This was my first year to plant a rose bush. It came loaded with blooms and after the final bloom faded I was worried I might not see any new growth. But would you look at that? A bud has started to form!
My Lily-of-the-Nile is showing new growth, as well. Such things make the gardeners heart skip a beat.
It is one of my favorite plants.
On the back patio, the fern is thriving. It had been doing well inside for the past year, but I thought it would do it good to be outdoors in the shade for awhile. With so much new growth, it seems to agree.
And the impatiens in the bucket are looking magnificent and have not stopped growing. I can't look at them without smiling.
Butterflies are out in record number. Their favorite landing place is the blue plumbago.
And I haven't even mentioned the double-color tropical hibiscus I planted in the front yard. Would you just look at the beauty it has been yielding?
With summer upon us (and our temps here already in the high 90's some days), I don't know how long I can keep my little garden flourishing. But I don't dwell on that; I simply enjoy it for what it is offering today.
Until next time, sweet friends, press on.