Category Archives: Flowers
We keep the switch to our front porch light on all night. They are light-sensitive fixtures, so the bulbs are off during the day and come on when it gets dark. Sometime between yesterday and this morning the bulbs finally gave out, which means that during at least part (if not all) of the night, there was no front light. One of my front flower beds is mostly elephant-ear hostas. Huge leaves, and they flower in mid-August (although this year they flowered early). This is what I woke up to:
Does this look like hostas to you? Certainly doesn’t look like hostas to me. The deer almost always get my day-lillies down by the road, and they’ve feasted on my hostas in other parts of the yard. They’ve gotten my pansies (so I don’t even bother with those any more) and they’ve decimated our green beans in years past. But this is the first time in almost 20 years that the deer have come that close to the house when we’ve been home and eaten the flora in my front flower bed. Oh well, the deer have to eat too, I hope they enjoyed them.
My mother-in-law loves pansies. There’s no telling how many beds of pansies that she has planted over the years. When she moved back here, the place she rents had no landscaping whatsoever. So, this past fall, she put my husband to work. Two long beds along the house. One under the tree near the road. Two beds on either side of the front steps. Every bit of 300 pansy plants or more.
This winter was one of the snowiest on record. The pansies sat under snow for quite a while. No one was sure how they would fare.
Well, they fared just fine, thank you very much. What a beautiful sight it is driving up to her house. The masses of colors just jump out at you. This page is full of pictures, which just don’t do them justice. What a beautiful spring!