“A flower does not use words to announce its arrival to the world; it just blooms.”
When we first came to Maine an early observation was that flowers seemed larger and brighter than in Texas. A then young daughter commented that they were brave and outspoken. That forever sticks in my head and perfectly describes the beautiful blooms Maine so proudly displays in summer.
It is rare to see a home without something adding color to the landscape.
Every garden is different. Some have specific color patterns.
Others have a wild array of color and texture that thrills the soul.
Maine is fortunate to have a stunning botanical garden that showcases all that grows well in the environment. Here one can not only glimpse native beauty but get ideas for creating a unique and successful home garden.
Thanks to visits there I’ve learned not to be overwhelmed at nurseries where there are incredible selections of plants, many of which are new to me. Slowly but surely I am figuring out how to combine annuals and perennials so that I don’t have to start from scratch each year.
While a proficient green thumb eludes me, I will claim a surprising success that cost nothing but a little luck. For years two unidentifiable bushes lay under a tree and never did more than produce a leaf or two. Thinking them worthless, I attempted to remove them resulting in being left with a bunch of roots. Curious as to what they were, I planted them along the driveway where they would get morning sun.
Expectations were minimal, but take a look at what happened after a seemingly pointless effort two years ago. From a handful of roots and a failed first year, there is now a flourishing row of Annabelle hydrangeas.
Some blooms are as big as my head.
Their size makes it difficult for weak limbs to hold them upright, and I’m hoping for stronger next year. Obviously, the roots had a desire to thrive which makes the blooms definitely fall into the category of brave and outspoken!