Today, I’m grateful for the variety of black-eyed susans still blooming in my garden.
Many flowers have gone by already and temperatures are threatening to dip into the thirties soon. So, I’m enjoying these while I can. A friend gave me some black-eyed susans from her garden many years ago. I haven’t planted any of them since then. They just pop up all over my front gardens every spring. It’s like they feel right at home here. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for the time and energy for a small landscaping project.
This strange season of relative isolation due to a global pandemic has left many of us at home with time on our hands. Sometimes it’s hard to focus and channel our energy into being productive (or creative). There are projects, large and small, on our wish lists. One of mine is to upgrade an area under a tree in my front yard where nothing grows well. The project is finally begun! 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for the hibiscus blooming at the front corner of our yard.
Almost every year, like clockwork, it blooms on the first day of August. The lunch-plate sized flowers open their pink and white faces to the sun and last a few days each. As the first flowers droop, more open, making a spectacle for passers-by for at least the rest of the month.
Nasturtium foliage is full and fun. I almost forget sometimes that flowers will eventually bloom out of it. The variety of small red, orange, and yellow blossoms are a joy to see peeking out between my squash and tomato plants. 🙂
I first learned about coleus while working at a greenhouse during my high school years. Their colorful foliage beats fading summer flowers any day! I always plant a few in a shady spot out back where I can enjoy them all summer long. So pretty!
OK, they’re not really nameless, but I don’t know what they are. And I’m thankful for them anyway. They close up every night and open to the sun every morning. Their delicate purple-blue petals flutter in the wind and add a unique splash in my front garden. 🙂
The strawberry plants are covered with flowers, and little green fruits are popping out all over. In the next month, they’ll ripen, and I’ll be racing against the chipmunks for all those red, juicy berries.