Today I am grateful for my Gardening Companions! My beloved pets are so sweet when I am in the garden. Dexter needs to be involved in whatever I am doing, digging, sniffing, and following me from one task to the next. Sherrie likes to observe from a sunny spot and sweet little Hercules loves it when the dogs are locked up inside and he gets to spend time with me, alone, in the garden. He rolls around in the grass, sniffs at all the plants and flowers, brushes up against them and “talks” to me in “cat”, seemingly approving (and sometimes not). Gardening would be much less fun without my delightful companions, and for that I am grateful!


Photo: Azaleas – I have plenty of Azaleas in my garden, all of them this bright pink / cerise colour. I don’t enjoy the plant much during the summer months as it can look a bit tired, even dull, but when summer ends and Autumn rolls on and the Azalea shrubs sprout new growth they look fantastic. And the real WOW moments start when they start to bloom and continue to do so for what feels like months, from winter through to end Spring the garden is full of splashes of these blooms.They are ideal shrubs for my garden because they prefer a shaded environment and do very well under all my trees.

Azaleas: Azaleas are flowering shrubs comprising two of the eight subgenera of the genus Rhododendron, Pentanthera (deciduous) and Tsutsuji (evergreen). Azaleas bloom in spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees. (Azaleas differ from rhododendrons in being generally smaller and having one blossom per stem rather than blossom clusters).

About the 30 Day Challenge

Cat of The Whimsical Gardener, has invited Garden Bloggers the world over to join her in the 30 day challenge of posting a photograph and sentiment that you are thankful for – every day for 30 days. Find something you are thankful for every day, for 30 days, can’t be too difficult, can it? See all Barbie’s and my posts filed under “30 Day Challenge“.