My Brand of Green

This is the most favorite flower in my garden.  It is nothing special, but it means something important to me.  My brother in law gave it to my husband and I on our wedding day and it blooms every year on our anniversary.  The blooms stay fresh for months.  Orchids are funny.  If you give them attention they die.  If you totally ignore them they will flourish. (PS. I am not a photographer.)orchid 002

My yard is surrounded by a green wall of foliage.  Mainly because it creates a retreat in the city, a jungle, an oasis that I can call home.

Also because I have nosy neighbors (one in particular who likes to keep every floodlight on around her house at night, because at 90 years old, she’s afraid someone is going to break in and rape her…please).  I don’t like the light pollution at night and the green wall helps me to pretend that I live in some exotic place in the wilderness instead of a city 10 minutes from the airport..

Sometimes the maintenance on it can get to be a headache, but it is worth it.  I call it The Jungle.  Most of the plants here are horribly invasive and will take over if you don’t spend hours keeping them cut back.

For all of you folk who live where it is snowing right now. I am sending you rays of sunshine and greetings from Florida.


I took this photograph this morning.  Aren’t the sun rays pretty?

A bit hazy for a photograph, can’t pretend to be an expert. HA!

Do you keep house plants or some way to keep the green in your life year round?  I couldn’t live without green in my life.

Green is life.

10 thoughts on “My Brand of Green

  1. I personally don’t like houseplants because I kill them all – literally. I have no idea how I do it – so a while back everyone was banned from buying me houseplants.

    A year or so ago, I was given two orchids and so I put them on the windowsill in the kitchen and waited for them to die…. they are still going and still flowering. Even my Mum who is super green fingered is jealous. I keep telling her that plants love to be neglected! LOL. 🙂

    • In considering what our retirement future might look like, I told my husband that I would love him no matter where we ended up…and I mean that. But I sure am enjoying the space while we have it.

  2. How lovely that the orchid blooms on your anniversary! And I love the idea of your green jungle. Our backyard is a green jungle. We have a green carpet on our screened-in porch and green outdoor furniture. When the light is just right, everything is suffused with green. It has a wonderful calming effect 🙂

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