Come on in!

In my last post I wrote about the importance of passions to happiness or contentment. One of mine which is incredibly satisfying is gardening; that is, making nature beautiful (or more beautiful if you will). I love both the working part and the enjoying part. Creating a gorgeous garden is like creating art and in the end there’s something to look at, just as with a painting or sculpture. It has a calming effect and delights me. Even a small yard can have many charms.

In the fall a large nearby tree came down (it was pretty much dead) and its absence gave me more sun which means brighter flowers and even a crack at vegetable growing (veggies need a lot of sunlight). I think the 2017 yard is the most beautiful it’s been. When I look out I am sometimes taken aback by it. I took these photos on the last day of July.

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MUST have a screen against mosquitoes

 

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On the right, a fabric shower curtain to block a not great view

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Lydia, the one-armed watering girl

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BASIL!! My favorite

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The coloring on this moth is fantastic

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This is a prize. It’s a dipladenia (an annual flower that’s supposed to die) I bought in summer 2016, wintered inside and brought back out and BAM! Gorgeous again.

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Silver Arrow grass plant, a garden star

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The grass plant kept getting bigger so I dug/wrestled a piece out and potted it

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The Bathing Station (for the birds not me) 2017

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Trying some different basil types, Purple, Thai

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More basil types, Lemon, lime

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Tomato attempts

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This guy kept a beady eye on me

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16 thoughts on “Come on in!

  1. edgar62

    What a lovely garden you have. I really liked the flowers and the butterflies. The green Stick Insect (?) was an interesting addition. A lot of hard and dedicated work there. Thank you for showing it .

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Many thanks. That’s a Praying Mantis, except he seemed smaller than most I’ve seen (an adolescent?). You are right; the flowers and butterflies add so much to the yard. All green is too dull for me!

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Thanks Ron! I have packed a lot into a small space but it’s all orderly so it works. The (insect) crew came out to pose for a few shots while I was taking pictures.

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  2. Sheila Moss

    Nice garden and flowers. I love flowers too. Last fall I pulled up everything as it had gone wild. I thought I could get rid of the weeds and the flowers would come back up, esp. the Black Eyed Susan and Primrose. Guess what didn’t return? Thank goodness for Zennias and annual bedding plants or I would have nothing at all.

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