OK...my very favorite flower is the Gardenia... the smell drives me somewhat mad... so Richard has through the years bought me my own Gardenia Bushes...I have cared for...nurtured and loved each one...but they have each 'fallen' because of either the weather, heat, cold, the water, the location, neglect (while a friend watched our house over the summer) ...and so we thought we would try it again... Richard bought a beautiful 'flowering' Gardenia Bush for me last year...it had lovely flowers when he brought it home... Oh that plant was kicking butt...I was thrilled....and hey, it was doing GREAT ....till one day I went out to see that it had been totally stripped...I mean...ALL the branches were gone..with one single nearly naked branch hovering above the 'stubble' ...now I know Richard Loves to prune things...but this was going too far.... I stormed into the house screaming like a banshee accusing him of all kinds of things one being a no good 'Plant Murderer'.... come to find out....a small Pack Rat had taken up residence in our yard...and had been selectively pruning the nicest of greenery from our yard to pad her nest for babies....UGH!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR... So of course I thought this was curtains for my beloved Gardenia... but with a little talking and loving care...I brought it back...and this is the first flower for the season and after the dreaded Massacre. The bush is now full of buds ...just waiting to make me smile with delight!
The second picture is of a surprise that Richard gave me a few days ago... Another of my Loves... 'Nightmare before Christmas'... OOoOOoOOo I love it so. So he bought me these two wonderful Busts (I love Busts) of Jack and Sally. So they now sit happily on my shelf.
The last is the Backside of the Bougainvillea and Jasmine...you can see the flowers better.
OK...now dolls.... Looks like we are starting on another Harry Potter piece just as soon as we return...
Will miss you all...don't forget me...and if there is cake...save me a piece!!
Hugs to All