I’ve moved my butt to the front lanai, yes lanai. It’s mine and I can call it what I want. If it helps me feel like I’m in Hawaii then so be it. Out here I can feel some of the sun. It’s about 3 pm but the sky is rife with filtering clouds so the sunlight is diffuse and the temperature cool, again helping me think of Hawaii (temperature, not sunlight).
I can see my neighbour washing her car. She seems to be the only one out and about at this point, but then I only have a narrow view of nearby homes. It’s very quiet otherwise with only the faint sounds of distant traffic and the odd bird chirping. I’ve yet to plug in my water features so the burbling sounds of fountains are not yet evident. I can see our ‘Miss Kim’ as well, wondering how I could have gone so awry on my last pruning.
I’ll take some self-forgiveness though, I’ve never had one before and up until recently had no idea what it even was (a small lilac) so the specifics of pruning would never have been known. I know now and will endeavour to improve.
There’s lots of plants and shrubs like that here. Many I know or have seen before but most I’ve not yet owned so I can be excused for butchering them. I’ll just chalk it up to learning. The Miss Kim is such an example. Shortly after moving here I could see the shrub had been pruned and was now growing oddly. Using my limited experience I pruned as best I could and now it grows tall, proud, and gangly, with few blossoms. Time to Google my options and try to bring it back into the fold.
Another beauty is this, the name escapes me, with wonderful flowers on a climbing vine. It looked dead and I just about yarded it out or cut it back to the ground but fear and common sense made me relent. I guess it wasn’t dead after-all.