when things didn’t die

As things start to get frigid and my yard is looking less cheery than it did a couple months ago, I thought I’d share how absolutely ah-mazing my plants looked last summer.
And for the majority of people, this is not a big deal, but for someone who has, without fail, killed everything I have ever planted or bought, this summer was epic for me.
I don’t know if all of the sudden I decided to be responsible and stop wasting my money.  Or maybe I was home more this summer than any other so I just accidentally took better care of them.  Whatever the reason, my plants were awesome last summer.
Behold.  

This last plant was known as “beast.”  We bought two of them and while they both lived and bloomed into some fun pink flowers, this particular one (or in the picture above it, it’s the one on the left) grew about eight times more than the other one. It took over other plants, blocking the plants that were behind it.  And it bloomed until early November.  It was probably my proudest plant moment to date.  I don’t know what I did and will never be able to reproduce this growth which might be part of the reason I’m writing about it now.  So I have proof for once, in the summer of 2011, I not only didn’t kill things, they thrived. 

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Random side note:  This is my neighbor Charlie.

While I was taking pictures in the yard, he was having a garage sale and yelled at me to come over and take a picture of him.  He doesn’t normally wear a yellow scarf and carry an Elvis Presley purse, this was probably a result of too much drinking while manning the garage sale.  Later in the afternoon, Charlie was spotted riding a motorized medical scooter up and down his driveway trying to drum up business.  You can see part of the scooter in the left corner of the picture.  Is it any wonder Elliott thinks he’s a rock star?

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