Some Lessons are Small


I plan to have a lot of the foundation planting removed at the front of the house – mostly because the view from the sun porch is partially blocked by large shrubs.

In the meantime I’m watching what blooms and this pink beauty has saved its own life. A lot of it is bare wood so I’ll see if it can handle a concerted pruning effort in the fall.

Another plant surprised me because, although I recognized it as a potentilla, I wasn’t expecting white blossoms.


I’m learning about different plants, and birds, and reptiles, and sea creatures every day. My most recent education was on the subject of flying insects.

It seems I’ve led a very sheltered life when it comes to bees. Two very alien-looking invaders were outside my window on Sunday. Imagine, if you will, a large bee with a fuzzy yellow U-Haul on the end of its tail. In my head I was screaming “Homer, get the gun!”

I stalked them with the camera, but they eluded me. This guy, though, was pleased to pose in the sunlight.



  1. is the pink one a weigelia? that’s what it looks like to me from the pic. I used to have some when we first moved in. I love the white one – potentilla? I’m going to have to learn more about that. and yay for bees!!!! assuming it’s the correct kind of bee, not that i can tell by looking. 🙂 i try to plant flowers that attract pollinators


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