My Hillside Retreat
Yes, I'm finally jumping in to Lee Anna's weekly linky party -- I Like Thursday. Not that I am particularly partial to Thursday, but since it's Thursday, here's a look at what I like.
I like living in the woods. Along with the deer, turkeys, turtles, and an occasional red fox or armadillo.
|View up back hill|
|View down front hill|
I like my garden -- or at least what's left of it after last summer's drought. It never occurred to me how many days, really WEEKS, we went without rain last summer. I should have been out watering; instead I just figured surely it would rain tomorrow.
I love my rhododendron even though it doesn't show. In a normal year it would be looking like this right now.
|Rhododendron - May 2008|
I like the different hues/tints/shades of green in the garden. This variegated euonymus was pruned back drastically last year because it was beginning to restrict the pathway to our main entrance (which faces the rear).
Another shade of green is almost burgundy.
I like Lenton roses (Hellebores). These evergreen perennials thrive in our shade garden. They are the first things to bloom -- usually in February, but this year they bloomed in January!
They are still blooming, but the recent rain has just about wiped them out.
They self-propagate so even with the drought and cold, they've managed to bounce back.
I like unusual plants. We are fortunate that the previous owners were expert gardeners and they invested in a lot of unusual and collectible plants. One I've been calling Arum (probably inaccurately) has arrow-shaped leaves and a jack-in-the-pulpit-like flower.
|Arum? in the middle of an azalea|
Another weird plant that I have been unable to identify is this large-leaf specimen.
|What is it?|
I like Crape Myrtle.
I like our hillside retreat. Even though we chose this house because it would accommodate the needs of my disabled mother-in-law, we couldn't have found a more beautiful, peaceful environment to make our life more pleasant during the last 9 years. We will be sad to let it go, but we are looking forward to a new life with just the two of us.
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