Posts Tagged ‘home and garden’

27 Year Old Latch

There is a certain sweet familiarity

about rusty old friends

who wobble and groan

and creak and moan

like me.




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Look closely.

It’s there – a little fence behind the roses amidst the summer green.

Perhaps I saw the roses first in all their show and color.

Or was it the southern charm of a yard in bloom?

Did I even notice the little fence back there so quietly unobtrusive?

Have you found it yet? 


Linking to Friday’s Fences

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Polka Dot Plant 2

I know I could ask at a reputable nursery, but carrying a photo around seems like work.  Besides, maybe it’s a (shhh!) weed and I don’t want to be embarrassed.   Perhaps my blogging family out there will have a answer.  What is this perennial beauty anyway?

In the Beginning……

I planted it years ago (and promptly lost the tag if there ever was one).  That was In the Beginning, when I randomly stuck things in our red clay, rock hard soil, in a hit or miss fashion.  If the thing survived, it was very lucky indeed.

At some point, I developed a weak interest into what  was actually growing, but by that time, the name of this beautiful survivor had already disappeared into the misty recesses of an aging mind.

The Polka Dot Wonder

And here it is spring again and Ahhhhhh!  There it is returned – the Polka Dot Wonder (a name undoubtedly horticulturally incorrect).

Thriving in its moist shady spot in the front yard, this mystery plant survivor has once again begun the season with a  full eruption of  lovely purple/blue flowers amid a backdrop of polka dotted leaves.

When the blooms finally fade, the polka dot leaves will remain.  This plant is stunning even when it is unadorned,  like the image of  a beautiful woman who needs no makeup or embellishment to gain attention.

Do you recognize this mystery plant?

What do you think it is?

Polka Dot Plant

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I have a regular walking route through a quiet residential area in town.  Well, at least I USED to have a regular walking route.  Life has presented too many distractions lately with the horrible storm attack.  And immediately thereafter, our son and family paid us one last visit before their permanent move to California.  So I have not taken my walk recently.

I wonder if the old tree and the old shed still stand together.  The storm turned over bigger trees  and crushed sturdier sheds all around our area.

I do love the big tree cozied up to the old storage shed.  It got so close its trunk actually flattened against the walls in a giant hug.  As I stroll by I ponder which will fall first or if they will fall together.   They both seem so very old.

I wonder if people look at my husband and me that way – that old couple still holding each other up.

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