Six on Saturday: Walk Around the Yard

If you were approaching our backyard by the double gate, Shep would not be sitting calmly as he waits. He would be barking ferociously until you are within ten feet, then he’d run and hide. Our guard dog.

The top photo shows not only our Australian Shepherd but the little red Encore Autumn Fire azalea just behind him on the right. For its size, it has given a good show for weeks. The huge photina with white flowers has been spectacular. Its branches encircle the oak, and the shrub has grown to almost half the height of the tree. I have four photinas, and the clean scent from all those flowers is pretty powerful now. You also see in the back, a late Formosa azalea is finally blooming.

I planted hardy gladiolas here and there around the yard. It was an experiment to see where they might perform best. The picture above was taken this morning at the front corner of the house. This patch is the first to bloom, while the others will take their own sweet time.

Any day now, the hot pink Knockout rose will be full of blossoms. I counted over three dozen buds this week.

Last fall, my brother Bill gave me a weigela that he rooted. I still haven’t planted it, but I’ve finally decided where I want it to go. I’m glad I waited since I can see now that it’s a beautiful raspberry color. Coach Bill turned 80 this past week and has multiple health issues. If you pray, please send up a prayer for him and his family.

Oh, I love this banana shrub but don’t expect any fruit from it. The ornamental flowers are beautiful but delicate and have a sweet scent, just like – you guessed it!

The first of my Frosted Orange azaleas have started to bloom. They always wait until April. The crimson Royal Velvet camellia is still blooming in the background this year. The colors may clash, but it’s all good.

I hope you are enjoying the flowers around you, wherever you may live in God’s great big world.

Shalom, Dottie

I want to give credit to the guy who founded this fun Six on Saturday idea. He lives in Great Britain, and his Twitter handle is @cavershamjj . You can find his blog at:

2 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Walk Around the Yard

  1. prayers sent for Coach Bill! … and, there’s no such thing as colors clashing in a garden (it truly is ALL GOOD!). love the banana plant ❤


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