We’re having Vacation Bible School this week. As you might imagine, time has been a little stretched. OK, honestly, more than a little. But, I was determined to get some pictures to share for the Wednesday update of blooms.
I made my weekly stroll through the yard yesterday (looked like a storm was brewing) and discovered a few new blooms.
Last Wednesday, we had only a couple of Black-eyed Susans in bloom. Now, they are blooming almost on every side of the house. You’ll notice them in most pictures today. The Canna are blooming away, too, even after digging up part of the patch last week and sharing with a friend.
The Vitex Chaste, which is the small bush to the right (above) is a volunteer I transplanted last summer.
Here’s the parent, right here, all proud and growing strong.
People confuse the Vitex Chaste with the Butterfly Bush. You can distinguish between the two by the leaves and the shape of the blooms. Vitex Chaste has an occasional spray of leaves similar to fingers on your hand.
The Rose of Sharon began blooming this week.
I’m sure you’ve noticed I have lots of purple, which I love. To balance it, I have to remind myself to by other colors occasionally, like red. My porches have potted flowers in reds, pinks, peaches, and yes – more purple. 😉
A friend shared a tiny clump of her Day Lilies six years ago.
They have multiplied, traveled, and now grow in lots of spots, right alongside the Black-eyed Susans.
I love getting volunteers that come up. No work needed, y’all. (Except when the day comes to remove some after they take over completely.)
Have I showed you my eucalyptus tree yet? I bought a tiny plant several years ago at a garden center, because I love to smell eucalyptus. I planted it beside the house, thinking it would grow a couple of feet and die at the end of summer.
Big surprise, two years later, it was ten feet tall! After reading on line, I discovered it was a tree, y’all, that would grow to a couple hundred feet tall! So, I dug it up and moved it here. Only, it died after moving it. This was another new tiny plant (from the same garden center) that I bought and planted last year. Look how big already!
Yep! Ten feet tall just before its second full summer. In this spot, it has lots of room to grow.
Do you like the smell of eucalyptus?
Sometimes I take a detour on my way to the barn, just to grab those leaves and crush the scent against my shirt. Intoxicating!
Oh, I need to give you an update on our corn! You haven’t seen it since it was just a sprig coming from the ground.
We always pray for our farmer to be successful, to have good weather to grow a strong crop. This year’s corn crop is tall and lush and healthy! Thank you, God. 🙂
Pretty soon, we’ll have some blooms on the corn to enjoy…and finally, lots and lots of yellow corn.
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I’m joining several of these parties this week:
PROJECT INSPIRED LINKY PARTY at Setting For Four
A RETURN TO LOVELINESS at A Delightsome Life
TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY at The Gunny Sack
WOW US WEDNESDAY at Savvy Southern Style
WE DID IT! WEDNESDAY at Sew Much Ado
BEST DIY PROJECTS at The 36th Avenue
WHATEVER GOES WEDNESDAY at Someday Crafts
ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY at The Dedicated House