Here is a photo of the sky on Friday afternoon when Mother Nature couldn't decide quite what she wanted to do.
And speaking of free, you know how I love 'free' plants. I have no idea where this Euphorbia marginata originally came from, as I know I never bought it. It is a very hardy plant that pops up all over the garden. I pull out what is in the way of other plants and then let it grow wherever.
Here is a photo from 1999 of the two original Rose of Sharon bushes I planted back in the 1970's. The flowers were double white. The bushes were big and overgrown and eventually succumbed to old age.
Another bush has not been as fortunate. First, the deer ate the entire top, leaving one lonely stem. I decided to grow it as a tree. It seemed to be doing O.K., but then last winter when the deer got in the yard one of them decided to try to jump over it, missed and broke half of the top. So, now I have a lop-sided tree. I then decided to move it to another location and while it is blooming, it is also struggling.
It is a pretty single white and I think I am going to just prune it back at the end of its flowering and hope for the best. The third bush finally has some buds so I am interested to see what it will look like. Stay tuned.
And apparently I am not the only one who likes 'free' plants as yesterday I had the pleasure of off-loading some daylilies, hosta and Dutch iris. A friend has a new home and is landscaping around the deck. I've got so much, you cannot even tell anything is gone.
And, last, but not least, here is a current photo of the Quick-fire hydrangea, changing to its pink blossoms. I'll be back with my weekly update tomorrow.