Wanted to say hello with some quick 'pix' at 102 degrees in Fort Worth, TX this afternoon!
Under our Mulberry tree in the shade...Whew!
photo by Suzanne * July 23, 2011
Impatiens * May 2008 * photo by Suzanne
I like to plant the Impatiens early while it is still cool, because, by early July they are burning up if they don't have some shade and I often lose them. This spot faces East, yet, it is still hard to keep them fresh and alive. In the lower right hand corner is a 'Gardenia' bush. I have another one on the other side of the porch. They took a ghastly 'bite' this winter, but are trying to come back now-we'll see! The large clay pot houses a small boxwood shrub and there is another on the other side of the porch also. They did well in these pots up until this past winter, and, they perished. We will have to replace them, but it is so hot, now, I can't make myself do it yet. And then, we have 'Elephant Ears' in the corner. In May they are just starting to come up and thrive pretty well in this corner. We have more of them this year.
photo by Suzanne
A trusty Gnome watches over the 'Japanese Fern' with 'airplane plant' in the lower right hand corner and some 'purple' plant that was given to me in the lower left corner. This purple foliage is really hearty, still comes back after 11 years, and puts on small pink blooms in the late summer.
'Portulaca" * photo by Karo * July 23, 2011
Well, one, lone, 'Portulaca" aka 'Moss Rose'. I feel so guilty-forgot we even had this in a pot out back. But we noticed some growth and Karo started caring for it. It has bloomed a little, so he journeyed out and took a quick pic. It is very pretty. So I have gone out, moved the pot out and freshened up the soil in it. These are a drought-tolerant plant, NO DOUBT! And I saw new buds on the plant. I promise to do better by this soldier.
Suzanne * Weatherford, TX * July 1992
photo taken by my Mom
Now here I am in the summer of 1992. My son and I lived in Weatherford, TX about 45 miles west of Fort Worth. Along my driveway I dug a large kidney shaped bed for -YES, of course, some excess plantings I had. Can you see the large 'Yucca' towering to your left? That's the one Rusty brought back from a trip to Arkansas-it was only 1 foot tall then. Boy! These things really take off! I had to find another spot for it besides being in front of a bedroom window (it was tearing up my window screen). What a job getting it down the driveway! In the right hand corner rests a 'pencil cactus' that was given to me by some friends from their trip to Mexcio. And it was a fast grower too! Everywhere a piece drops, another one grows. This plant, too, had to be moved. I did find the perfect spot, didn't I? A pretty wide open space coming up the drive toward the house...and, out of the way of small children, and clumsy women, like me! I had placed a couple of barrel cactus, and some kind of 'fishhook cactus' that were low to the ground. And, then, there was the 'pear cactus'. You can see one in front of my leg. They're quite abundant in Texas, in, and out of the city limits. This one would bloom in bright yellow in the spring. Then I dotted the ground area with white and pink 'perriwinkles' for brighter color. I knew these plants could withstand the Texas heat and a cactus surrounding. My mother and sister came to visit that month and brought me the wooden garden sign with the blackbird on top. It was like icing on the cake, or something on the pin cushion maybe? The garden was a real nice welcome to the property.
And as for #6 in the pack, you ask?
Blue Moon Belgian White Beer! (Whitbier)
from Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado USA
Well, I don't drink beer anymore, but cold beer always looks good! Thanks so much for stopping by...stay cool, and for those of you having fall and winter weather, stay warm...but, I ENVY YOU! Come by anytime and say hello. You are always welcome!
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