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, June 24, 2008

Rose of Sharon

This morning my Rose of Sharon bushes were full of blooms. And pollen-covered bees. And one hummingbird.

Do you see the bee? Look to the right of the largest bloom. I caught her in mid-flight. The hummingbird was too fast for me, though.

I like my lavender Rose of Sharon best. I brought it as a slip from my former house in Roanoke County to Polecat Creek farm. The above bush grew from seed that the Polecat Creek plants produced. I bought the original bush as a 25¢ slip from K-Mart many years ago.

I think the white
Rose of Sharon originally came from Mama's yard.

The Roses of Sharon are blooming all over my yard as well as down the road. Hard to imagine so many of them began with just a slip and a handful of seed.
Today I up-dated Frugal Living.



Blogger Amy Hanek said...

With an official brown thumb, I wish I could say the same. My successes in the yard are all due to the previous owners.

Every Spring we enjoy the bulbs they left behind and in the summer, we have rose bushes to savor.

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Blogger Roanoke RnR said...

My Rose of Sharon started from one little twig I plucked from my mom's yard in NY a decade ago. We ran over that stick with the mower a couple of times yet it flourished to the point that we have scores of them now. They grow everywhere, even in cracks in the driveway, so that they're almost like weeds! We have one white one too amongst the colors and I always wondered if it had something to do with the soil.

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