Such a brave, beautiful little thing, popping up right in the middle of the lawn. I guess it’s an April-showers-bring-May-flowers sort of thing.

I just thought somebody had to plant them first.

Happily, I was wrong.




I took a little stroll around the back yard today. Soooo many pretty things to see…


all of which, I didn’t plant. They were here when we bought the house.


Looks as though someone put a lot of love and care into each and every plant.

I suspect, most of them have been here for a very long time.


A few of the bushes desperately need a good pruning…


while others can just go ahead and grow to the moon and back–they are just that pretty.


Trouble is–with the exception of the Hens & Chicks– I don’t know what any of them are, what they need, or how and when to prune them. I would be happy to look it up, but without knowing what they are called, I’m at a bit of a standstill.


If any of you know what plants I’m dealing with, would you let me know in the comments below?

That way, I can do some research and take care of them properly–you know, leave them alone or cut them back.

In the meantime…


The girls are very willing to help.


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Can Anybody Guess?


One of the interesting things about buying a house that has been around, nearly forever, is that I’m not quite sure exactly what is growing on the property–because I didn’t plant any of it. In fact, it’s a fun surprise to wander around out back and find something different blooming every few days. My daughter tells me that these flowers are echinacea, and so I will happily believe her. Happily, because this is a good, helpful plant and it makes me smile to think that maybe there are more useful things out here waiting to be discovered. Trouble is, I don’t really know what I’m looking at, most of the time.

Can you help me? Please let me know in the comments if you recognize any of these plants–would you?


1) Tiny pink, bottle-brush type flower.


2) Giant, soft-ball sized white flowery bush.


3) Dull, red berries, on a privet-type bush.


4) Large, white flowers with a maroon center.


5) Pointy leaves with small, shiny, red, pea-sized berries on it.

I’d love a little help with identifying any of these so I know if they have a use that I should be aware of or it they are just sitting there being something pretty to look at.

That’s certainly ok too.

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Ooooh, I’m snapping my camera as fast…




I can.


Because all this pink magic, simply refuses to stay for long.

Only a few days actually.


And then no matter how much we whine and fuss, it all starts coming down.


Mother Nature– the lovely, luscious, litterbug.

Say that three times fast.