Captured: Not a lonely little petunia

Not a lonely little petunia

I’m not much for digging in the dirt. Cut the grass? I’m on it. Whack the weeds? Lemme at ’em. Trim the hedges? Heck yes. Whatever grows in my yard, I’ll maintain it! Or kill it if I don’t like it. I’m talking about you, dandelions. But actually plant things? Meh.

The woman who built my house was beginning to landscape the yard nicely when, sadly, serious illness forced her to sell. The next owner rented out the house for several years, and naturally the place didn’t receive a full measure of love and care. The first few years of my ownership have been dedicated to cleaning up the joint, on a shoestring budget no less. But now that work is mostly done, and I have a little money, and I do like petunias. And despite my distaste for digging I do own all the necessary tools. So I spent some time the other night getting my hands dirty. It wasn’t glorious. But aren’t the results lovely?

I like crocuses, too. Back when I lived in the church’s parsonage, I snapped a nice one. Check it out.


15 responses to “Captured: Not a lonely little petunia”

  1. Dani Avatar

    Pretty! And, of course, you know from whom you can acquire some low-maintenance perennials and ground cover. :-)

    1. Jim Avatar

      Thanks, Dani! One of these days I’ll undertake that ambitious landscaping project and I’ll be in touch.

      1. Dani Avatar

        Baby steps!

  2. versa kay Avatar

    To me, they look like cute little girls standing in a queue waiting for their school bus to take them on a vacation trip.

    1. Jim Avatar

      What a perfect description!

  3. ryoko861 Avatar

    There! See? Some other things to take pictures of!!! Use those cameras!!!!

    What you need to do is get bulbs! Plant them in the fall or spring, depending on the flower. DONE! They’ll pop up on their own for the rest of their years.

    1. Jim Avatar

      The lady who built the house planted daffodils and irises and tulips, so I’m already on my way! I planted some more tulips and a hyacinth last year, but the squirrels dug up the tulip bulbs. Oh well.

  4. Tori Nelson Avatar

    Haha! I like your take on gardening. I tend to be a “Kill it if it irks me” kind of yard worker too :)

    1. Jim Avatar

      Irk. What a great word!

  5. Renee Davies Avatar

    Beautiful photo, Jim. I remember taking photography classes (setting apertures manually wasn’t my forte so I didn’t pursue), and the teacher said that a good photo will incorporate an S shape at its center, in the landscape, in the objects being photographed. I’m assuming he was teaching from traditional techniques, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, you’re petunias, starting with the first, make a curved line at the center of your photo – very pleasant to the eye.

    1. Jim Avatar

      Thanks Renee! I don’t know anything about traditional techniques and I’ve never taken a photography class. I just try stuff and when something turns out well I remember what I did and try it again another time!

  6. vanilla Avatar

    They are lovely indeed. I went with a purple with white fringe around the bell this year.

    1. Jim Avatar

      My house is trimmed in white, so the white petunias always seem appropriate!

  7. cozyteacup Avatar

    Yes, love the petunia in this pic :). gardening its very rewarding, things you plant and you see grow! lovely picture.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m not much for digging in the dirt, but I do enjoy petunias. I opted not to plant any last year and won’t this year, either; I’m looking for perennials that I can plant once and enjoy for years.

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