“A day in the country is worth a month in town”Christina Rossetti

Friday, October 2, 2009

Volunteers Return

I have a special place in my heart for volunteers. That counts in the garden too. Once again they are back to shine. Snickers has a shady corner, under the arbor, near the kitchen door. This is where she waits for action when she isn't hunting. Its a bed of volunteer plants with violets, columbine, and a cypress vine that has grown up the arbor,...
...along the path, and up a chair,...
...and around a slow bird.
The poor thing. Its eyes are bulging.
Can't someone help it?
The hyacinth bean is a favorite around here, and always a star. This year a plant got started near the compost, and my mother posted sticks around it so it wouldn't get mowed. Then she got it started up the bird feeder. So there it grows till the frost frees the feeder for winter use.
The cleome have traveled around the "beach" since 2004. This year the numbers dwindled again, and we are left with one color, but how beautiful is this at the end of the season.
And the wild flowers do their thing, even dried, to decorate the pond.

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