Peevish Pen

Ruminations on reading, writing, rural living, retirement, aging—and sometimes cats. And maybe a border collie or other critters.

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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.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Passion Flowers Revisited

Two weeks ago I was delighted to see the passion flower vines pop up in my yard.

The only problem, they're in my yard, not in the flowerbed. The vines will soon need something to climb. I think I have found a solution:

Now, I wouldn't have thought of this if I hadn't visited a fellow Lake Writer and noticed how well her tomato plants were growing through ornate wrought iron chairs. I wonder how long until the chaise is completely covered? Today's half inch of rain should make those vines grow a couple more inches. Watch this blog for periodic updates.

Behind the old chaise lounge you can see my day lilies blooming. Here's a closer look:

I brought these double lilies from Mama's yard in Roanoke eight years ago.

June is the month when lilies bloom. If you've never read Bill and Vera Cleaver's Where the Lilies Bloom, this is a good time to do it. While the book was written for 9–12 year olds, it's one that any lover of Appalachian literature will enjoy. I still love that book and the 1974 movie. (Do you know who adapted the book into the movie?)

It's the kind of book you might want to read outdoors—maybe in a lawn chair in the shade. Just not in a vine-covered chaise lounge.

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Blogger Amy Hanek said...

Nice pictures and a very creative idea! I'm sure it will look lovely very soon!!

12:08 PM  

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