Tuesday, July 16, 2019

They Are No Longer Here

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. 

21 comments:

  1. Thank goodness the fire stopped at your foundation. Perhaps that lovely bush was there for that reason. I just know when the lawn greens up you will see a new vision and work on making it all bloom again. Do please keep us posted! xoxox

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    1. You very well could be right about the bush being there for that reason. I will do my best to keep you posted on progress. Hugs

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  2. Hi dear friend, I'm so sorry about the loss of so many plants. Some will never be replaced because of the special sentiment they held to you. We have tried to plant grass seed and our weather has been so hot, that we will likely try again in the fall. Sending you gentle hugs and wishes for a pleasant evening. xo

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    1. Thank you for the hugs sweet Mildred. You are right about the plants. There is grass coming up but it is patches here and there. It will need more seed in the fall. It has been very hot here too. Hopefully next year we will both have grass. Hugs

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  3. I know what you mean about loosing some plants and your grass. It looks like your yard man used a spray that kills all the grass and weeds. After a while, he will be able to reseed and your lawn will looks beautiful again.

    I have lost some beautiful bushes and plants also through harsh winters and floods but I have so many now that it doesn't matter. The garden always changes over the years and I look at some old photos and say, "How beautiful it was way back then".


    Last year, our city was plagued with grubs eating the grass roots on the lawns and the skunks would tear up the lawns looking for the grubs. Lawns were torn up over night. My whole lawn was all brown and torn up. My husband tried to fix it with seeds and some compost that had so many weeds in it and it overtook the lawn. It was so dry in August that a lot of seeds didn't grow. I pulled a lot of the bigger weeds but I lost the battle. I hate to use weed killer on my lawn right now because the clover is in bloom and my brother in law has some honey bees near our place. So I have to mow my weeds for now, lol.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. The grass died because of full sun and hot weather. When some trees had to be cut down it took the shade from the partial shade away that the grass had thrived in for years. When it died then there was nothing but weeds the last 2 years. My lawn man has seeded once and grass has come up in patches here and there. The bare spots will have to be seeded again in the fall. You have done an amazing job at your place sweet Julia and I am so happy for you that you are getting it all cleaned up and beautiful again. What I lost is nothing compared to what you lost. Hugs sweet friend.

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  4. Aww, i am sad for you that so many of your beautiful plants are gone, i hope you can plant more. My black thumb salutes your ability to have a garden!

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    1. It's okay I can plant more. The ones I miss are the ones that were gifts from people who were special to me and are no longer here. I really miss the azalea that was given to me in memory of my daughter. Hugs

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  5. so glad your home is safe from that fire. our yard is not what it was either, not anything like it was, that is due to bob's stroke 2 years ago, when I see the paint pealing on our house and the yard a disaster, I just remind myself he survived. your story is very sad, but I agree, you are blessed to have what you have. and you can plant more.

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    1. I too am glad my home is safe from the fire...it was a terrifying time. Spraying with the water hose waiting on the firetruck and being 2 blocks from the fire department is what saved it. Bob's life is much more important than paint on the house and the yard needing attention. I am glad he is okay and hope he has no more strokes. I can plant all I want to and enjoy them they just want hold the memories that some of those did. Hugs

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  6. mags; it's the same here; {weather} grass is fried, thistle and clover have taken over; will the rabbit eat it; NO; he'd rather chew on the flowers and shrubs so they are now a mess; had to take out a yew, three mugo pine and a hawthorne and the miniature spruce may have to come out this fall, a pussy willow that has started from seed from 4 different moves is tired looking; I guess nature needs a break and or a renewal too....best to you on the new garden
    ♥♥♥♥♥ { try boxwood; I've several varieties around and they are fairly hardy to weather extrememes ☺☺

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    1. I am so sorry sweet friend that you have lost so much. The weather has been so strange lately and it is just not doing the best for some of natures beauty. Thanks I will check out the boxwood. Thank you and I will post anything that is successful in growing in my new garden. I hope you can get your place all fixed up again. Big hugs

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  7. thanks for all the comments, give Chancy a BIG kiss from Big Boy and ME

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    1. Thank you for all of your comments and faithfully following my blogs. I really do enjoy your blogs. I will for sure give that kiss for you. Hugs

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  8. We appreciate your kind words of sympathy for our Rosa.

    Cats of Wildcat Woods

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  9. I didn't know this blog of July 16 was here. I didn't get my notification. XX I loved my St. Augustine grass in Florida. Didn't know it would grow very far away from there. Here, what with my 12 Hr. rotating shifts from days to miss, others did my mowing. They successfully killed grass on three occasions though time, by mowing too low. Now I have given up and weeds are my green. My azaleas are at risk. A quarter of them died...the rest have varying amounts of scale-looking fungus I think, on some of their branches. I feel badly for what happened to the azalea that was given to you when your daughter passed. I can fully understand the love for that azalea and the sadness now it's gone.

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    1. So sorry to hear that you have had some of the same kind of losses that I have. Some of the azaleas that I lost also had the scale-looking fungus. When we had the St. Augustine grass for all those years the yard was the envy of the neighborhood. We started the grass by bringing runners from my mother-in-laws lawn when we would mow for her. My yard man is doing a nice job of getting some grass growing...he is still fighting some weeds but they are getting less and less. All of what was lost can be replaced but for what I called Krystal's bush...I so miss it. Hugs

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  10. thanks for your prayers, bob is back to his normal self today. we are bickering. ha ha.... if we bicker we know we are fine. it was a UTI and we are thankful the meds are working and praying we will not have to do the specialist thing of testing.

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    1. I am so glad to hear this. I pray too he does not have to do the testing now that you know what it is and the meds are working. Thank you so much for letting me know. Hugs

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  11. Sending (((hugs))))) I also want to thank you for your kind and caring comment for our beloved Dakota. We are posting a GOOD update on both blogs tomorrow! xoxo

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