They say that first impressions are important.

Hopefully as a culture we’ve evolved to giving ourselves

More than a few seconds to get to know each other.

But the first impression of a garden

Can draw you in.

Ever since John built this lovely arbor

Over the back gate


I have loved the entrance

To our back yard.

How it beckons you

To reveal “the rest of the story”.


But over the past few year.

It’s gone through some pretty severe changes.

You may recall that we lost

This charming old Mimosa tree

A few years ago.


It still hurts my heart to think about it.

It created a canopy for the entry

And shade for the plants just inside the back gate.

Which means I had a glorious bed of some of my favorites.

Hydrangeas and Caladiums.

With Impatiens dotted in.

And a part-time home for lettuce.

In summer Hydrangea, Caladium and Impatiens spill onto the sidewalk.

But when the tree was gone.

This once shady haven

Began to bake in the noon day sun.


We have planted a replacement Cherry tree.

Buying the biggest one we could find.

Even taking out the fence to get it in.

But it will be years before it creates

The kind of shade we had known.


So the Hydrangeas have been transplanted

To a cooler home

And replaced with Dwarf Crepe Myrtle

The Caladiums and Impatiens have gone missing

Replaced with an old friend I haven’t used in years.


It’s spinach-like leaves provide a backdrop

For the deep purple blooms.


Mixed in between

Is orange and yellow Lantana.


So my cool bed

Is now a hot spot.

Both in temperature

And color.



I seldom invite it

But once I embrace it

I grow

Just like my garden.



Lots of Dahlias coming soon.


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6 responses to “RE-ENTRY

  1. I do love my shade plants and this year after a huge maple had to come down, I was busy moving plants myself. 🙂 Lovely gate, arbor, AND great bike. 🙂

  2. Martie Brown

    I love trees and to loose one is hard. I live in the country and have planted literally thousands (saplings) for erosion. It’s worked.
    Your garden is beautiful.

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