“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Always Tweaking

Of all the things that I love doing,
gardening may just top the list.

It's an avocation that is never "finished".
There's always more to do...
even when there isn't!

There was a day in my life when I planted flowers in the 
springtime and then just watched what happened the rest of the summer.
Now, it seems, I am never finished planting.
Every time I look around, another idea sprouts in my brain...
and I am off to the nursery.

Yesterday, while looking at my shed,

I realized that it lacked a certain softness that I had envisioned for the
front porch.

What was lacking, was greenery... more greenery.
And so, I set off for the local greenhouse.

I found a pink "knock-out" rosebush for one front corner of the yard,

and a butterfly bush for the other corner.

I took an empty #10 crock and planted it with Hippo Red and Dusty Miller.

I love this red and green plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya,
mixed with the silver... it almost looks like Christmas!

I found a couple hanging plants for the shady side of the porch.

On the left (above) is Bridal veil, and on the right is tear-drop ivy.
I think they soften this space, considerably.

Needing something that tolerated a little sun for the other side of the porch,
I gave...

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