Because I am such a pleaser, I went outside foggy bright and early this morning to get pictures of my lovely Rose of Sharron ‘fence’.
And now I feel compelled to tell you my saga of these poor bushes. This group that you see here were planted 5 springs ago. Superman and I planted them in the rain.
I hadn’t ordered enough, so the shortest one that you see was where we had to stop. (For that year)
We also planted them on the other side of the house.
Interestingly, the neighbor’s 2 dogs faithfully watered the other side and they all died.
So, I purchased some more, and 4 springs ago, found Superman planting again.
Superman is my hero, because he hates to plant these things.
I make him talk to them.
At that time, 3 little boys lived 2 houses over and they ran their motorized Jeep all over my freshly planted ‘fence’. Only 3 survived.
I was. not. happy.
We also replaced the ones on the other side as well, and did all manner of things to discourage the dogs from watering my ‘fence’. It helped, but some died.
3 springs ago, I purchased my last batch of Rose of Sharron ‘fence’, daring anyone or anything to kill my plants.
Superman and the boy planted them, and I made them both talk to them.
This is why you see varying stages of growth, and varying colors.
I love them all.
This year, just before Superman left for Columbus, he mowed and weed whacked my lawn for me. He got way to close to my ‘fence’ and shredded the bark on the dog side. A few stems have died.
I have suggested to him that if he wants to plant more of these things, please…continue to weed whack my bushes.
I seriously doubt that the weed whacker will ever be seen on that side of the house again.
Now for the give away.
We all have fears of baking something. I was always afraid to use yeast. I stubbornly refused to even try to make bread, or any other baked good that used yeast.
Then bread machines came along.
I got one.
I used it.
Fresh baked bread was so much better than that nasty store bought stuff.
That machine gave me the courage to try to bake bread on my own, and I have never looked back.
So, today I am giving away a King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Cook Book.
To try to win this lovely book, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you are afraid of in the kitchen? What are you afraid to cook or bake.
I will turn to the trusty number generator and have it pick a winner, which will be announced tomorrow.