Johanna Smith right here in Aiken, South Carolina, with pleasures and treasures from my fall backyard.

close up of Meyer lemon tree

My Meyer lemon tree (Citrus × meyeri, Zones 8–11) has develop into as huge as my shed, and I’m hoping for many lemons subsequent yr.

banana plant with a light pink flower in bloom

This a banana plant (Musa sp.) given to me by a neighbor. I don’t know what selection it’s, and neither does she, nevertheless it was fairly a shock to see this lovely flower from my bed room window. The hummingbirds like it too. If I get bananas, that shall be a bonus.

close up of prickly pear cactus fruit

My prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.) is exhibiting off with giant purple fruit, which provides coloration to my fall backyard.

close up of a large arborvitae shrub

This can be a large, 14-year-old arborvitae (Thuja sp., Zones 5–8) bought at a nursery yard sale. We’ve named it “The Deluxe Chook Resort.” It’s a house to mockingbirds, blue jays, and lots of different birds.

small garden bed with large rock and blue agave

My neighbor

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