I made it! Finally got some blogging time and photos to take part in Outdoor Wednesday. I’m tickled as a dog with two tails. My thanks to Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for sponsoring this inspiring theme that encourages me to look at my own backyard, as well as the opportunity to see beauty from other blogs.
These surprises started popping up here and there around the yard of my new home. Such gifts! Thanks to a couple of garden bloggers, I learned they are red spider lilies, often called Hurricane Lilies, because they bloom at hurricane season. They send up these lovely blooms on tall stalks, then the leaves will come later.
I’ve been wondering the name of this shrub that grows between my two tiny ponds~
Then I was looking through Alabama & Mississippi Gardener’s Guide and found it! Fatsia. What a funny name. I adore it!
These banana plants are favorites of Bigstreetrod. I did not like them. Then–surprise! I discovered this one blooming. Beautiful!
Last week, I looked up and saw, rather horrified, one half of an enormous pecan tree was dead as a doornail. I went around to look, and here is what I found.
Half the tree is truly dead. I swear I did not see the tree ailing, and I had mowed beneath it only a week prior. We wonder if it was struck by lightning. Or is that some odd pattern made by a tree-killing insect or disease? I am loathe to cut it and intend to wait until spring.
Lastly, I was excited to see the first buds on the camellias! The first camellias I’ve ever had. I hope they’re pink!
It occurs to me that I’ve been speaking of many surprises. All except for the pecan tree have been delightful, and even the pecan tree is interesting. I watch the tree, wondering: what next?
I think of the people who planted all this years before. Surely the pecan farmer, when he planted the trees, never thought ahead to how someone like myself would come along and be in love with them. I imagine the person who planted the lilies, see a woman going about the yard digging a hole and plopping in a bulb, no doubt thinking she was planting only for herself. And each of the other bushes. Here I am now getting great pleasure in seeing the beauty. We rarely give thought to how small, seemingly insignificant actions on our part can be great blessings to others. That is the natural working of life.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:27-29.