I do a lot of thinking and the last couple of days my thoughts have been on all that was a part of my life four years ago but are no longer here. Today I have mostly been thinking about how much is no longer in my yard.
For many years the front yard was like a carpet with beautiful St. Augustine grass. This year almost all of the grass for some reason was gone and weeds took over. My yard man scalped the yard and planted seed. Hopefully soon I will have another beautiful stand of grass to enjoy.
When my daughter passed away this beautiful miniature azalea was given to us. It is no longer here because it was removed with all the larger diseased azaleas.
This liriope plant that my son-in-law gave me was also removed but shouldn't have been. I forgot to transplant it before all the diseased plants had to be removed.
This beautiful nandina is no longer here. The birds loved the berries and I loved the beautiful colors it displayed differently each season.
This is the same nandina after the neighbor's yard caught fire and burned our yard up to the foundation of the house and burned the bush. It all died but I was able to get a little of it and plant it in a different area. Sadly it died over time too. It is an invasive plant and requires a lot of control but is worth the effort.
I brought this plant from my mother's garden when I went to visit her many years ago it is no longer here. Someone told me it is a wild plant.
Because of recent storm damage this beautiful crepe myrtle is no longer here.
There are other plants and several trees that were here four years ago and are no longer here. My yard is the barest it has been since 1975.
Many years ago I learned to appreciate, enjoy and be grateful at all times for all we are blessed with because we never know when it will no longer be around.
There is still one azalea, one hydrangea, some iris plants, day lilies, butterfly bush, mock pomegranate and three crepe myrtles that bring me joy when they are in bloom.
My yard looks very different than what it has over the years but I do still have beauty...just not as much. It will take some time but one day it will all come together and again I will have much beauty to enjoy.
I will continue to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful flowering plants in my yard no matter how many there are...and know that I am blessed to have each of them.