Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Team

fall yard      This morning as I looked out my bedroom window, I saw there was a treat waiting for me: little gifts of color and beauty, regalitos for my flu-weary soul.  I couldn’t resist the sunlight either.


     I slipped outside with my trusty point and shoot camera and my kleenex box and looked around in amazement. Thank you God.

      These hearty, South Texas native plants keep suiting up and showing up.  It is time, in so many ways, to stop looking for what works somewhere else, what works for someone else.

     Surely there should be a “I Withstood the Heat and Varying Degrees of Attention” Award in gardening beauty contests somewhere in this world. 

     Today, these are my entries.

     In such a competition, my blooming natives would be the rough kids, the ecologically disadvantaged, the at-risk kids in the group.

     Sigh…most days, those were my favorite students. Not to belabor a metaphor…(who am I kidding…that is my FAVORITE thing to do), but my crew of South Texas survivors would probably have their hands on their hips, glaring at the roses and the azaleas, saying,

“What are you looking at?”





donna baker said...

Love plumbagos and the fact they reappear every year.

Mandy said...

I too live in South Texas and would love to know what kind of flowers these are...

Amelia said...

One word desciption:


common ground said...

Your "survivors" are just beautiful, and I love your metaphor. Hope your feeling better soon.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how beautiful -- I do wish my thumb wasn't decidedly brown!

kate said...

thanks for the pretty flower pics
we still have a few hanging on here in charleston too

Blondie's Journal said...

I love each and every flower and the fact that I don't know any of their names and have never seen most of them before, makes it all the more sweeter. It means I have so many more places to go and things to learn.

I love this post, Laura!


Dixie said...

that wonderful little bit of rain has done wonders for our Texas wildflowers and native specimens... Lady Bird was right... Texas does have the most wonderful, colorful painting in our fields of flowers...

Ticking and Toile said...

Love the pics & your blog is beautiful!


Marguerite said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a treat indeed. Hope you're feeling better, Laura!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

How lucky to have such beautiful flowers still...thanks for sharing them with us!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Thanks for stopping by! Your floral blooms are just lovely! Beautiful wild flowers....Hugs!

Elizabethd said...

Thank you for that treat, they are truly lovely.

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful flowers, and I love the metaphor. "What are you looking at?" indeed! Hope you feel better soon. Kathy

stefanie said...

gorgeous blooms, enjoy!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Vickie said...
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Vickie said...

Hi Laura - I think those beautiful flowers all got together and bloomed their little hearts out just to get you outside for some fresh air and sunshine!

I have plumbago this year - love it - but am not sure what your dark purply flowers are? Guess we should stick to our native plants, huh? Well, we have had roses here in northeast Texas for so long, and they have adapted so well to this mostly sandy soil & climate, that maybe you could consider them native. And the best thing is, even I can't kill my Knockouts!

(sorry I deleted the last comment - I read back and had so many goofs, just thought I'd start over!)

徵信社 said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.


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