fences? i’m glad my immediate neighbors don’t have them. i like my neighbors and we tend to share more than conversation across our patches of green grass.
my sweet neighbor (across the street) moved here from south florida about 18 years ago. her almost-acre yard is all plant life- she has no grass- she is almost 80 and still takes care of her entire house and yard alone. helen brings me a clipping of this and a root of that from time to time- cuttings from her yard.
at first, i felt obligated to transplant them and make them grow. so I would stick them somewhere (out of the way) just to tell her i had. eventually i realized what valuable treasures she was giving me. some of the things she’s given me, i don’t even know the names; some are more often seen in south florida. most are divinely tropical. not only are some of these very plants my favorites now, but i think of her every time i see them. the photos shown are only a few selections out of the offerings i've collected from her.
the pink begonia in the bottom photos was one of those that i literally poked into the ground next to a clump of oak trees. one day i saw it lying over some other plants but it had bloomed. i staked it up at that point and lo and behold it got beautiful. from that one i made another cutting and poked it in the soil of a potted plant and now … well, i have it in several places… all of them producing these fun, fluffy pink, upside down, prolific hanging blooms.