Things That Grow….this week’s P52 Photo Challenge
To follow-up the front porch childhood memories of my last post, I’m starting this post by remembering the flowers on Clifford Road. Besides Mom’s gardenias the smell that takes me back there most readily is lilacs. We had a huge bush that grew by the back steps and every spring Mom filled the house with vases of the fragrant purple flower. Dad was forced to sneeze through the season but he never threatened to eliminate that bush nor kept her from bringing them inside. Purple was Mom’s favorite color. Violets and lilies of the valley grew along the side of the house underneath the bay window and peonies lined the driveway. Roses grew in several places. Mom’s dad was an avid rose gardener and I’m sure the roses were a comfort to her.
As I’ve been walking around the Del Ray neighborhood just outside of DC I’m awed by the abundance of flowers and plants in people’s yards. It’s obvious that people have literally rooted themselves in these homes. They have nurtured their yards and their landscapes have been years in the making.
This is in direct contrast to most military bases. The people who live in the houses on a base seldom stay long enough to figure out what grows best. I know I never did. I longed for a garden and gorgeous flowers but I usually moved into a home one summer, spent the next attempting to figure what grew in the climate and that particular soil, then was already moving on by the next growing season.
I became adept at container gardening but putting things into the soil was hit and miss.
I love flowers and I love seeing them grow. They make me happy. And so I continue to try.
This time around I’m more confident. Because Jim is on his second assignment at Barksdale; I’m in my third growing season. The last time I lived anywhere for three consecutive summers was in Michigan from 1982 through 1986.
This is what I planted a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to see what thrives this season. From the past years I’m pretty confident that the ferns will succeed, as will the geraniums, petunias, hibiscus, mint and coleus.
I’ll follow up with the after pictures sometime in September. Until then I will enjoy the growing!