As I just finished up some DT work, I have no new art to share, but I thought I would share a few photos of our little back porch plant world to honor Honey on Father's Day. I realize "this ain't squat" compared to some of y'alls gorgeous gardens but please know I love and respect your hard works. Honey and I just don't want to put in the work (and who am I kidding, I can't do it because of my physical limits). So, what we have is a reflection of what we want to devote to it. 😁
This Spring, Honey got into gardening again, sort of. His dad always kept a vegetable garden and in our early married years so did Honey. He has always mowed our yard until last year: we began using a lawn service for the front but Honey still mows the back. I may show some of the front at a much later date, give what he's planted time to grow and add to the view. For now, these are photos of some of our back (where we spend most of our outdoor time).
He's never really gotten into flowers, but this past birthday I asked him to plant ivy in the front flower beds for ground cover, which he did. It will be a good while until I can share a decent photo of that planting but for now here is what grows on our pool fence at our back porch. Both the lantana (pink) and the wandering Jew (blue) came up wild, probably by the birds scattering seed. There is jew in other parts of the yard as well. We leave it alone for the most part, occasionally whacking at the lantana to try to keep its bushiness contained (in vain and that's okay. We aren't into pruning at all).
Then I requested a nice succulent plant for Mother's Day and received an aloe vera from dear daughter. That began our little cacti/succulent garden. Honey got interested and bought 2 cacti and 3 tiny succulents at Home Depot along with some special soil mix, etc. Photo above is from the week after Mother's Day.
At about the same time, my airplane plant named Baby that I've kept with me through thick and thin since 1981 (and which almost died during the 2021 Texas Freeze), was still looking iffy and just not right. Honey took her under his MiracleGro wing and Baby has completely bounced back and has never looked better and has been flowering and making little babies again like no tomorrow, which Honey roots and pots. He's planted some of them in a front yard bed and plans to plant more.
Top photo from a month ago and bottom photo 2 weeks ago after Honey got the cacti repotted. Now we have a growing and thriving container garden of airplane plants, cacti and succulents on the back porch that's fun to fun to watch grow and just take in the loveliness of nature, along with the birds that visit us.
I'm linking this post up to Rain's Thursday Art Date where the week's color is red, but I'm thinking that is not a deal-breaker for posting, plus Honey used a red board on his caddy and terracotta pots are often considered red. And the lantana is pink, which is a form of red (really stretching it here, haha).
Thanks for visiting me today. I hope everyone's Father's Day was lovely. XOX