Saturday I went over and visited with my parents for a couple of hours. Before I left, Mother took me on a tour of her flowerbeds. I asked her about a big bunch of purple flowers that was in full bloom. I'd never seen them before. She said it was a weed. I couldn't believe anything so big and pretty could be a weed, a wildflower maybe. Does anyone recognize this plant?
The bumblebees loved it.
Mother is fond of decorating....the yard as well as the house.
I think this rusty old table and chair set is pretty.
When I left I decided to take the scenic route home....up and over the mountain that separates us. I stopped at the top to take a few pictures. See the kudzu on the ground? It is slowly but surely covering everything up there. For those of you who don't live in the South, kudzu is relentless in its pursuit of swallowing up everything in its pathway....the ground, trees and even houses if left unattended. Once it takes hold there is nothing that kills it.
Once home, I walked out in the backyard to get a closer view of my blooming oak leaf hydrangea. It is beautiful this year. Like everything around here, it has benefited from the frequent rain storms we've had this spring.
It is the prettiest if you stand at the back of the yard and look towards the house.
For 20 + years it has been a struggle to make the yard pretty. In the beginning, the topsoil washed down towards the street, exposing rocks galore. The many hardwoods provided much shade, but also contributed to our inability to grow the grass which would help control the washing. Eventually my ex built some wooden flowers beds and inadvertently stopped the washing problem. A huge tree in my neighbor's yard died and suddenly the grass began to grow. A few years ago, my son and I planted some bushes. The yard is the prettiest it has ever been.
My dream has always been to have an easy yard. You know the kind of yard I mean....the kind with perfect light, magical dirt, springy soft grass and beautiful landscaping.
What about you? What is your dream outdoor space?