Steven has been wanting to get a picture of our Rose of Sharon in the back yard. I finally got one today and thought, hey, let’s do a Backyard Picture Post.
My mom gave me a shoot of her Rose of Sharon some years ago. Hers is enormous and gorgeous by now. Ours got mowed down a few times as a wee sprout. However, it grew back each time, better than before. First it was big enough so Steven noticed it and didn’t mow it down. Then it was so big he couldn’t have mowed it down if he tried! According to Steven, the plant was saying, “Mow ME down, will you?”
While I was taking the picture of the Rose of Sharon, I noticed the swan in our neighbors’ pool which Steven has been envying (I have been envying the pool myself).
I had also been wanting to take another picture of our Black-eyed Susans, which are looking better and better.
We originally purchased the Black-eyed Susans at a sale to benefit the Herkimer County Humane Society, back in 2011 (are you impressed that I remember the actual year? I am). They have gotten bigger and spread. Now they are battling it out with the chives for control of that little patch. While I was admiring them, I noticed some little yellow flowers behind the garage.
I really need to clean out behind the garage, cutting down a pricker bush that is expanding to tree-like proportions. We just never see that part when we are sitting on the deck, and, you know how it goes: out of sight, out of what’s left of my mind. Then I remembered the Brown-eyed Susans, which grew with no input on our part.
The Brown-eyed Susans are growing in two places in our yard, so I took two pictures.
Some years ago, I read the Rudbeckia is a good plant for bees. Imagine my surprise when a guy at a greenhouse told me that Rudbeckia is Brown-eyed Susans. It sounds so much fancier!
So this is how pretty my yard looks in mid-August. I wonder what September will bring. Will it be worth a blog post? We’ll see.