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Euonymous – Chicago Fire

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This is another gem my husband brought home one day.  He wanted to fill an empty corner.  It is not early to get it’s leaves, and they are ready to drop off any day now, and it is only mid-September.  You are looking at the annual exhibit of the high point of its life.  Although the leaves appear very autumn red and colorful right now, they are a boring green the rest of the year.

We’ve been discussing replacing this plant, or just moving it to another location.  If I could find a flowering vine type of plant to climb the fence, euonymous would have to find a new home immediately.  It now inhabits prime real estate inside the deer fence, with irrigation and excellent sun reception.  Ooh, I’m starting to think a vine-type rose; a scented rose would sure be nice to walk by …


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Fuchsia

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This is a small specimen of what should grow much fuller as a perennial fuchsia shrub.  It gets the early morning sun, and is protected from some weather extremes being located next to the house foundation.  This is not the first one of these plants to get a home with me.  But this particular one has survived at least a couple of winters, so I’m thinking it could last even longer.  That is a garden goddess in the picture.

I was surprised when I learned that people like to ‘pop’ the flowers to bloom sooner.  Who thinks of these things?


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Heather Pink flowers

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This plant has been in my garden for at least 5 years, maybe even 10 years (time flies!), and I’ve never noticed the flowers looking nicer than they do this year.  Deer, rabbits and any other varmits that find their way here, have all left the heathers alone.  If I live long enough, I can see this plant grow and cover quite a bit more ground.  There are some heathers on the other side of the house that have been there 25 years or more, and they now cover square yards of ground instead of square feet of ground. 

These are very sturdy plants, as they can withstand some neglect, and still thrive.  In the first photo, where you can see the flowers close-up, you get an idea of the intense pink they are.  I took these photos in the early morning, after the sun came up, but before it shown full on these plants.