Ligustrum is just pretty and is such an easy, low maintenance shrub, that I may even learn to accept the scent.

Native to Japan, Ligustrum has glossy ever-green leaves .  The shrub can be trained/pruned  to desirable shapes.  I allow the sun and shadow and rain to “train” those in my garden. I do prune branches that begin to protrude into pathways. As a result they resemble small trees.  The tallest, so far, is about fifteen feet high.  Others are rounder and lower, depending on where the sun is in relation to where they are.  Mine tolerate drought and rain. All are in acidic well drained soil.

Ligustrum   ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014

Ligustrum ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014

This photo is from Dear Son III’s  garden in Yulee, Florida.  All of the Ligustrum in my yard (about a dozen) are rooted from parent plants in his yard.  The flower’s white beauty makes the scent better than it really is.

Bearspawprint 2014

Ligustrum japonicum – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Beautiful Weeds

The plants my neighbors call weeds are beautiful to me.


Dandelion Seeds

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I call this plant Cow Heather, because it likes cow pastures and because of the color seen in the background above.  Farmers think of it as a weed because the cattle don’t care for it’s sour taste, and I have been told that it flavors milk unpleasantly.  Apparently it does not affect the meat.  My husband calls it Sour Grass and chewed on it as a child.  I’ve always called an entirely different plant Sour Grass, which tastes more lemony and fresher, to me, and which I’ve intoduced to the children.   I, and the cows, don’t like this one’s flavor, but I do like it’s  heathery appearance.  I am happy to see fields of it or small patches.  When back lit by the afternoon sun  a translucence, not readily visible from a distance, can be seen.

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Rainy Day Walk … Wild Azaleas … Rhododendron Canescens

A walk on a rainy day  can be pleasant.  The rain slowed enough to wander and there was just enough drizzle to keep down the worst of the skeets (mosquitoes).  I was looking for Wild Azaleas to share,  and there they were … waiting


Bear … 03.29.2014 …. Rainy Day Walk… Wild Azalea Buds