Chinese Privet

It is absolutely everywhere this year, and it has a lovely scent and beautiful white flowers. I could even smell it this morning while driving down the highway where it grows on both sides of the road. But Chinese Privet is considered to be one of the most widely spread, invasive plants in the southern…

Against the blue sky

For some, Spring heralds its arrival with daffodils and crocuses in bloom. But to me, Spring arrives with the blooming of the Eastern Redbud trees. (When I was young I always wondered why it was called Redbud when the blooms were such a lovely rose color.) This one is to be found on a short…

In the hedge

This pretty flowering shrub is in the hedge between my father’s property and his neighbor’s. I don’t remember ever seeing it before and cannot identify it. Does anyone know what it is?

Forsythia

Not yet in bloom where I live, the Forsythia is blooming 30 miles to the south where my sister lives. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Flowering Quince Number 2 in bloom

The second of my three Flowering Quince bushes is now showing off its white-tinged-with-pink blooms. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Deer in town

My father lives in a town with a population of just over 43,000, and his house is within walking distance of the downtown area, yet deer can frequently be seen in his neighborhood. I captured this doe this past weekend, grazing directly behind the house very near where my car was parked.

Carolina Jessamine: Beautiful but deadly

Also known as Carolina Jasmine, the Carolina Jessamine vine has beautiful, sweetly scented yellow blooms and will flourish in a variety of conditions. However, all parts of the plant are poisonous to humans if ingested, and deer and rabbits will not eat it. The sap also may cause skin irritation. This beautiful vine can be…

Pocket of joy: Colorful trees of Spring

The trees in the pasture in Kellum Valley always are gorgeous in the Autumn, but they also are lovely in the Spring. I love the term “pocket of joy.” I first heard it on a Netflix reality show when one of the main stars, speaking of his difficult growing-up years, also spoke of the pockets of joy…

Daylilies

They’re all along the roadsides now and in our garden… “So extraordinary is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant beauty as she spends sunshine, pouring it forth into land and sea, garden and desert. And so the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and squirrels, wolves and sheep, birds and bees.”…