Monday, September 12, 2011

FALL FLOWERS: Makes One Both Glad and Sad!

AS A YOUTH I WAS A SEA SCOUT ON THE OHIO RIVER
Boy Scout sayings, I love to use them.  "Be Prepared!" the scout motto is also my motto.  Another saying which I like is "Don't let it be said, and said to your shame, all here was lovely, until you came.  Wherever I have been I try to leave it looking better than when I came.

NOT MY MOM!

Do people really have green thumbs?  Yes, I believe they do.  I got mine from my dear mother and my grandfather.  My lovely wife, Julie, planted all of the annual flowers in the pictures to follow.  She gardens well.

Yet, we once planted the same flowers right out of the same flat, in the same soil, with the same fertilizer and water.  We started in the middle of the bed, she planted one way, I planted the other.  My half of the bed grew upright and were beautiful.  Julie's half of the bed grew more like ground cover, close to the ground.

Do I ever remind her of this?  Is Obama a liberal?  Un Huh!
SEDUMS, OR LIVE FOREVERS
The first flower to turn green in the spring
These grew from one clump given to me by Julie's Dad
The sedums, or live forevers, are in full bloom.  When you see that you know summer is past.  That is sad.  Still, and yet, these sedums came from family members and friends and we think of them fondly as we, along with the bees, enjoy the blooms.

SEDUM IN THE FALL
From the one clump of Live Forevers given to me 30 years ago, I have landscaped many yards of family and friends.

The same holds true for hostas.  These hosta came from a prior owned property.  I have some E. J. Hogg Hostas given to me by a dear friend, Midge Villers.

PLAINTEN HOSTAS PEEK THROUGH THE SNOW
When they bloom, summer is gone



Julie has small corners of beauty around our yard.  Sadly, when we return from October at the beach, they will all be gone for another season.



FLOWERS AROUND FOUNTAIN IN BACK YARD
These beautiful sedums were a gift from Carla Ludwig, a dear friend

Flowers whisper "BEAUTY!" to the world
Even as they fade, wilt, fall.
Dr. Sunwolf

God Bless you and yours.

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