I didn’t plan it this way but it’s turning out to be one of my favorite beauty spots in my yard. And the smell of the Sweet Shrubs as wind blows in my window is outstanding. As I returned home from my visit to town today, I noticed them. They were standing at attention as I walked by. I just had to share them with you, right here. I wish it was where we could take a walk in my yard together and let me tell you their stories but we can’t because of time or miles, so I will try to do it here. Pretend you are walking with me let me tell you about them….

The Sweet Shrub is a plant that flowers often in the Spring and Summer. I have loved them since I was a little girl. My girlfriend and I would take a walk down our street and at one of the houses we could smell this sweet aromas that would stop you in your tracks. It brings back sweet memories when I smell them. A few years back a neighbor had some blooming in her garden and I ask her what it was and she said, “well that is an old fashion plant you don’t see much any more called Sweet Shrub”. It was like seeing an old friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. She was glad to share a piece of it with me to plant in my yard. Today I have it right by my door for others to enjoy…

One day I got a gift in a pot with beautiful flowers of a purple hue that was soothing to the eye. I enjoyed it for a good while in my home but later placed it in the ground beside my Sweet Shrub to enjoy as I walk out my door. Each year I can’t wait to see the color it will display. The soil has a lot to do with its color. The Hydrangeas have been around for years. You might want to read about them in your spare time at this interesting website

Hope you have enjoyed our walk in my yard and the stories of a few of my flowers I love. My name being Mary, I can not tell you how many times people have said to me, “Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?” Well I have tried not to be contrary and I think I can say I have kept my garden well in my life time. I think I can say with pride….“It’s very well thank you”…..Enjoy my garden with me today!



Today is Memorial Day in America. I live in an area where people come for a vacation on long weekends like this. They came in to this mountain town on Friday camping in the campgrounds, renting cabins on the mountains or on the rivers. Some just come for a day for the slow life after living the fast pace city life. Oh and I don’t want to forget the ones who come to hike a trail we have lots of nice trails here including the Appalachian Trail. One day soon I’m going to write about our overnight hike we did several years ago you will not want to miss that!

So Memorial Day, what does it mean to you? I looked at what Wikipedia said about it and here is what I found:

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service.[1] First enacted by formerly enslaved African-Americans [2] to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War – it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

Do you know someone who gave his or her life for our freedom? I haven’t had anyone in my family, but I know so many other families who had to face the day of getting the message that their loved one died serving our country. Today while you are having a good time, stop in a moment of silence saluting the brave ones who died that we might have the liberty, that we just might be taking for granite. At that time also don’t forget to pray for those out there, today at this moment in their place, serving with dedication. Let’s don’t forget they are there…