When I first moved to Texas I was told the way to tell the seasons apart…
Winter: The sky is blue, the grass is brown and there are no leafs on the trees.
Summer: The sky is blue, the grass is brown and there are leafs on the trees.
Apparently my friend forgot to mention the one season that is bright and colorful. Lush green dotted with pinks, yellows, purples, whites and so many more colors.
My absolute favorite season….Spring.
This afternoon Tina and I drove to West Texas. The highways lined with beautiful spring flowers. The median filled with pink, the fields of green stretched to the horizon.
Me, driving along the highway, surrounded by spring blooms…my happy place.
I am always impressed when I see a plant (even a weed) growing from concrete. It seems that one plant decided, against all odds, it would live and maybe even bring a spot of joy into someone’s day.
There are people in our world that are the same way. They choose to make people smile even if their life hasn’t always been a ray of sunshine. They decide not to allow the place they were planted to dictate how they grow.
Sometimes it is an individual that holds the door for the next person. Sometimes it is a teacher that inspires children to be more than anyone else has told them they could be. Maybe it is a person of wealth that shares their financial excess with those that have so little. Often times it is that person that views their challenges as a gift to be shared rather than a punishment to be feared.
I am grateful for people, much like this plant, that choose to grow toward the light rather than hide in the darkness.
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman. The rules are simple. Choose an area and every month take pictures of that area.
I chose my flowerbeds. Starting in January they were quite barren. Six months into the year and they are busting with blooms!
Autumn Sage and Knockout Roses
Joseph’s Coat Rose
I have 2 new additions this month. The first is a little Bald Cypress. We found it on sale at Walmart for $5.00! And the little guy is quite healthy.
The second is a Hardy Hibiscus. I have killed many hibiscus. Each year I swear I’ll get it inside before the first freeze and every year I fail. But Tina found me this Hardy Hibiscus. She was told it should survive a Texas winter….lets hope for the best!
In case you question the chicken wire around the plants….remember I have a Labrador Retriever named Sugar!!
We found a magnificent field of sunflowers this evening. I couldn’t help but pull over on the highway and walk through the field snapping photos. Unfortunately I only had my iPhone 5s with me. I plan to be back in the area Saturday morning. I intend to have my camera with me!