One of the things I have been fussing over/thinking about - are my gardens. I wonder what will happen to them once I am gone. They were -- after all -- my doing - my passion. I can hardly go out to look at them now..... like leaving behind kids in a divorce. Yeah I know it sounds weird - but some days that's how it feels.
Now mostly my back garden is Asian themed - so lots of different textures and different shades of green - tall wispy grasses and flowering vines that cover (or will one day) the side fence.
But there were two bushes left by the previous owner. When I started the back garden project - I didn't want them removed. One is at the corner of the house - just before you actually enter the back yard...... so it was left. It always bloomed in late July / August with the most spectacular purple blooms.... I have NO idea what the plant is...... but I loved it.
This summer it started to bloom - and I thought something was wrong. The flowers were white!! I have watched and over the last two weeks more and more and MORE buds have appeared........... and some are white and some are purple. My lil bush - almost forgotten in the corner - is putting on a spectacular show this summer ........ weird isn't it?? maybe it's giving it all it's got to bid me farewell...............
The front garden has been the bane of my existence. When I got here it was mostly weeds and tons of rocks. It took me 2 summers of digging up the weeds and removing the rocks - fertilizing it - babying it - to actually get a garden bed worth working in..... But truthfully nothing seemed to flourish. There was an ugly green bush (tiny bit of a thing) in the corner. This spring I vowed if it didn't do anything this summer then it was going in the compost bucket.
A week or so ago I swore I saw a tiny wee bud on it. Lo and behold - there were 2 buds on it!! AND it would appear that tiny wee do-nothing bush is actually a hydrangea or as my father called them "snowball bushes". Usually they bloom (in my experience) in the early spring with BIG white round flowers. I have seen purpley blue flowers (even tried once to create them - as you must add a special acid to the soil) But for the most part they were always white. Well the buds on my wee tiny bush in the front garden started to open a week ago ........... and lo and behold the flowers aren't white - they aren't even the purpley blue............ they are ........ well you tell me I say pink but then for the most part I am coloured blind ...........
I took some last pictures of the flowers in the gardens..... something to take with me to my new home.... a fond memory of "my gardening days'
Note to "Downunder Don" I got your comment about pictures and promise there will be more ... soon... I have a photography friend who is all but kidnapping me to get me back out there with my camera...... so yeah - soon I promise more artsy fartsy shots :) For now you will have to content yourself with the mundane :)