This is the view of the front yard from near the bottom of the driveway. I sat behind that bush you see near the left corner of the photo. Molly the Cat was wandering somewhere in there.
I didn't plan to spend two hours this morning deadheading dried spikes on that bush, but once I start deadheading a plant, well there I am until it's done. Some spikes were about 18 inches long. A tiny purple flower blooms at the top of each spike. Flowers continually bloom as the spikes grow longer. Wish I can recall the bush's name.
That's a photo of the bush from the past Spring. Hmmm, I guess the spike grows from the flower.
I came across a bloom on the potted gardenia plant. Although small, the flower gives off that wonderful delicious scent. This is the first flower in years. The buds dry before they can open. I've promised the plant that I shall pay more attention to it, which I started by immediately clipping off yellowed leaves. I wonder if she would prefer to reside in the backyard in The Shady Room. Maybe even go into the ground.
Life is good.