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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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I don’t get a tremendous amount of sun, but treasure what I do because it’s enough in this corner in particular to have some of my favorites. You might think I was creating a sort of “tableau” here, which I guess I am but the real reason the plants are up like that is to keep them away from the slugs! It doesn’t work though, since slugs are mad for Basil, Marigolds, and Zinnias, pretty much in that order (all of which I have there) and will scale upwards to reach them (if I don’t catch ’em first). Lastly, I adore purple coneflowers, my favorite summer perennial, and although they get gawky for want of proper sun, at least I have a few blooms in the weathered clay pot. I grew the Basil, my favorite herb (on the left side of the chair) from seed and it’s taken this long to get to “eating” size.

For the record, I found every object you see there tossed out by other people: All the plant pots were free, the chair was tossed, even the lattice (which I repaired, painted, and added on those blue IKEA twin bed frame strips to – also thrown out) was a roadside find, as well as the Chinese lion, one of a mixed pair. Oh, I *did* buy the rain gauge from the dollar store.

The lions, evidently a blog staple, seen – humorously I think – in old posts: https://writerinsoul.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/lion-in-wait/
https://writerinsoul.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/wren-meet-lion/
https://writerinsoul.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/in-like-a-lion-out-like-a-lion/

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas took a pounding in late Spring due to rapidly changing weather. First they kind of froze and then they kind of got burnt. I wasn’t optimistic after that (they looked like hell). Having them bloom at all wasn’t a given but several recovered nicely. The colors delight me. Hard to choose a favorite.

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The peony hadn’t bloomed in a long time, years. Now, boom, two stunners. I was aiming for a clear photo but the painterly quality of this was so beautiful.

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Looking at flowers fills me with delight.

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Ahhhhh

When I look at this, I see the sugary florets that top sheet cakes. You know: “Give me the piece with a big flower on it.”