Sunday, March 22, 2009

Texas evening primrose in the hell strip

I spent most of spring break in a family work week at my mother's house. Part of my duties included cleaning up my dad's garden in the side yard hell strip. It was such a lovely chore to have--Texas evening primrose was blooming, as was the Salvia greggii, and they both looked wonderful against the contrasting white bark of the persimmon tree and the red rocks and boulders.

The weather was perfect, warm and alternately sunny and cloudy, with a hint of cool spring breeze to soothe the soul. Would that all chores in hell were so pleasant.

12 comments:

  1. Looks pretty. So nice that your family can get together and do this. I would choose the garden too!
    -Heather

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  2. I always say that I care for two gardens now - my own, and my mothers. My Father is the 'vegetable guy' - and has a beautiful vegetable garden each year, but since my mom's passing, he's been at a lost for how to care for her flower beds. Hence, my second garden. I'll head up to Virginia for a long Easter weekend to weed and mulch.

    It's quite a beautiful 'hell strip'!

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  3. It must have been a lovely way to spend an afternoon. :)

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  4. I love those perfect gardening days, especially if there are some flowers to admire while working.

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  5. Nice. I've planted oenothera in a couple of hell strips, mine where I never water it and it does great, and for a friend/client who watered it constantly and made an insane crazy mess. Yours looks very nice.

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  6. You pack a big punch in a few words. Here's hoping you find soothing days ahead.

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  7. Nice picture. That's a particularly beautiful Texas persimmon trunk. I love that white bark.

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  8. Susan - Your dad did good. Love what he planted, and you are doing a great thing to keep it looking great. Wow, that persimmon tree! Lovely.

    So, do you have more pics and want to do the guest post? I'm not sure how to work it - do you have a Flickr photostream? No pressure on this, would just love to have you as my first ever honored guest blogger!

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  9. It looks so lovely I'm bemused about the phrase "hell strip". Is that a general American term for the side yard (which I'm guessing can often pose quite a challenge)? Or is it your own personal name for it? It looks quite heavenly to me!

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  10. It doesn't look hellish at all right now.

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  11. How touching to think of you carrying on your Dad's garden. I still feel close to my Dad when I'm in the garden.
    I remember those primrose, we called them "buttercups" because of all the yellow in the center. We'd hold them up for someone to smell, then push them onto their nose so they'd walk away with yellow all over their face! Ah, the simple joys of childhood...

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