Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Flower Bed Update

How do my flower "beds" grow? Very well.

This one is at the southwest corner of our property. That's Chestnut Mountain in the background.

A closer look reveals that the gladiolas are coming up between the slats and a yellow iris is blooming. I've transplanted prickly pear in the foreground, but I doubt that it will produce any blooms this year. I've added some marigolds and magenta petunias. This sparse-looking bed is still a work in progress. I'll add a few more plants in the next week or two.

At the east-facing bed near the top driveway, I painted the headboard white. It looks much better than the simulated brass. The yellow iris really set it off:

The woman who originally lived in this house (and who died 13 years ago) loved the color yellow. Almost anything yellow I plant does well. She once had a beautiful row of forsythias along the road. They were, alas, removed by the time we moved here in 1999. I'd love to put them back.

This Mexican primrose isn't in a bed. It grows beside my garage. The flowers appeared a couple of days ago.

So, I've made my beds. Now I can watch them grow.


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Blogger CountryDew said...

I love your beds. :-)

4:30 PM  

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