Old garden favorites show off in May

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Each year in May, Brenda and I go spend a few hours in Shirley Dawkins’ garden, admiring the spectacular hydrangeas in bloom and talking her out of a few cuttings.

Today was the day.  The huge mopheads are big as dinner plates and the colors range from pinks, blues and whites to almost red. 

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Hydrangeas are Shirley’s favorite but she also has a sun garden, shade garden and kitchen garden – the garlic was blooming today and I’m wondering why mine are not!


Lately, I seem to be afflicted by bloom deficiency.  My azaleas didn’t bloom worth a flip and nothing else is either.

I guess you really do have to put in some work to have a beautiful garden and you know me – ‘short cut’ is my middle name.  I bought some pretty real-looking plastic flowers (pictured at left). I stuck them in the ground with some dead branches and I think they look pretty nice.  Saves on water too.

Brenda told me I was beyond tacky.  Hey, plastic can be pretty if you don’t get too close.  Plastic surgery, plastic fruit, plastic Christmas decorations – why not plastic flowers?

Uh-oh. I just remembered an episode of “I Love Lucy” where she planted plastic tulips and they melted in the hot sun.  These won’t last long in my Mississippi.

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