Trees, shrubs, and ground cover are more interesting than I give them credit for. These white pine needles resemble a July 4th fireworks show.
This shrub’s colors move from evergreen to a frosty blue grey.
And then this ground cover is just so fun. The stems look like spring action toys–if you pushed on them, they would spring right back.
Summer in my corner of Oak Park is not giving up on us… yet. This mountain of Black-eyed Susans is cheery to the max. And kind of dizzying to look at. So many blooms.
Another day, another mural to appreciate. This one has flying turtles and a curious frog perched on this teen’s shoulder.
This young miss/sprite uses a whale for transportation.
This turtle moves in the Milky Way.
Summer is winding down quickly, so I find solace in anything that’s colorful.
The Bull Thistle is a study of spiky awesomeness.
Bright yellow daisies bend and sway with the wind.
Sedum started flowering a few weeks ago, and their colors have gotten deeper each passing day.
I’ve been meaning to write this awhile now. Mississippi, I miss you much. Specific things? There are many.
- My wonderful neighbors Walter and Phoebe and my friends all over the state.
- Belhaven–all of it. I’ve never adored a neighborhood quite like I did Belhaven. And my house Clearance Special? I wish I could have it back.
- The kindness and hospitality of Mississippians. Was lucky to be invited to friends’ homes for Thanksgiving in 2017 and 2018, and I was welcomed and fed like family.
- Mississippi accents. I probably like the Delta accent the most, but all of the Magnolia State accents sound golden to my ears.
- Southern expressions and turns of phrase. From “I knew him when he was knee high to a grasshopper” to “I’m fixin’ to…,” it’s all good.
- The statuesque Magnolia trees. When they bloom in April, they are magic.
- All the pretty flowers. Camellias, azaleas, knock-out roses–this list is long.
- The long, hot summers that seem to stretch from April to November. Sniff.
- Fried catfish and butter beans.
- Coffee from Cups in Madison. I dream about their espresso roast coffee. Best coffee ever.
- And then the biscuits from Primo’s. (Must love biscuits.)
Funny how you can walk by something for months and then suddenly notice it. South Boulevard in Oak Park has so many murals. Somehow I missed this one until a few days ago.
How wonderfully colorful.
Oak Park is storied for its Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. But its other houses are just as interesting.
The details on this one.
Or this one. (Enviable front yard garden.)
Stately in steel blue.
And then this meticulously maintained house–she’s the belle of the block.