Last week, HH and I motorcycled through Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and back home through North Mississippi. Texas was beautiful, as always. We go through Texas quite often, and this time we stopped in Dallas to visit family.
Southern New Mexico was, well, honestly…less than desirable with hot, driving winds. Northern New Mexico was gorgeous and a complete joy.
We took a break in Santa Fe for some brief shopping. Street vendors lined up in the shade to sell their creations of hand-made jewelry, guitar pics, trinkets, etc.
What a great place for Christmas shopping. I bought some jewelry, too, for me and for ID Diva. 😉
Going home, our route is a direct line with no detours.
It rained often at home while we were away, so our green yard was quite a contrast to (mostly) dry New Mexico.. Driving up, seeing the house is always a nice feeling of home, sweet home. You know!
The Crepe Myrtles lining the drive escort you in.
When closer, it’s hard to see where one bloom ends and another begins.
Many plantings flourished and bloomed. And, the humidity had escalated to almost foggy conditions – even with the sun shining. Can you see it and feel the sticky, muggy air? Yep, that’s Mississippi. 🙂
Day lilies galore.
These blooms are doubles.
The other side of the porch seems to have a different type of blooms.
The Rose of Sharon is filled with purple blooms – and buzzing bees!
More orange double lilies are around back against a backdrop of Vitex Chaste.
These vibrant blueish purple blooms show out every year – no fertilizer is required.
Watch out, though. The Vitex Chaste is invasive! Tiny trees sprout up everywhere, and they must be yanked from the ground – or this is what happens. It did happen four years ago. Somehow, a seed took root all the way around to the back side of the house.
Here’s another surprising event from our weekend back home. Fun Son came on Saturday to visit for Father’s Day weekend. His plan was to grill steaks for our dinner. Surprise, surprise!
Can you believe it’s nearly July, and we haven’t used our grill? We never see squirrels close to the house, but somehow Davy Crackit made himself quite comfortable here all winter!
When HH dumped the nest into the tree line yesterday, he came back inside and announced it’s time for a new grill. Apparently, rust has set it. (Don’t tell HH, but I was glad to hear the good news. No telling what diseases are in that old grill from Mr. Crackit. Gives me the shivers!)
Although, it’s been a good grill all these fifteen years!
The hydrangea blooms were still blooming when we arrived home.
At last peak yesterday, the blooms are losing their color. All good things must come to an end!
Are you surprised by the changes in your yard when you return from vacation? Isn’t it a nice welcome home?!
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