Summer Photo Walk, August 5

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The sunflowers are in full bloom at the Allen County Children’s Garden. The ones in my garden are lagging behind others in town because I was late to sow their seeds this year. The annuals are prospering everywhere, and this public garden was no exception.

I spotted a wind chime fashioned in part from souvenir spoons. That’s some creative upcycling.

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Garden, June 4

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Yesterday I could no longer deny that time is short to create a decent garden. The garden centers are filling up with ready-made porch planters and hanging baskets, retail’s gentle way of letting customers know that their options are dwindling for summer blooms.

Once again I am relying on lots of petunias. There’s no doubt that petunias are reliable, pretty bloomers, but I think of them as the perm of home gardening. Just like I wanted big hair back in the 80’s, I want a high density of flowers in my garden beds now.

I like the wash-and-wear convenience of petunias, as well. By the way, my hair is almost always wash-and-wear. There has not been a single bottle of hairspray in this house in over a year.

I found some petunias in different sizes, from large Wave petunias to little calibrachoa (which I haven’t tried before and could be the Toni home perm of my garden, if I going to continue the hair analogy).

I also added a fuschia hanging basket. My mom had one years ago that was massive with white centers that I wish I had found when I was shopping for plants yesterday. The purple and hot pink one I found is good enough.

In other news, I can’t decide which WordPress theme would be best for this blog. I’m back to the reliable Twenty-Sixteen theme for now.

Welcome Lilac Bush

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My husband bought me a lilac bush last week, but several inches of rain prevented its planting until today. I’ve wanted a lilac bush since they first enchanted me as a child. My recent reflection on the lack of a Hellebores plant in my garden made me consider that there are several plants I love but have not made the effort to bring home.¬†Aside from planting a pink hibiscus and a pair of dianthus, I’d added nothing but annuals to our yard. The addition of the lilac, a James MacArthur pink of my choosing, is another step toward creating a garden I can relish.