Azalea blooms remind me of my grandmother who loved tilling in the soil and watching the fruits of her labor….literally. Her fig trees were enormous! One of my fondest memories is waking up on a warm Saturday morning at her house and grabbing a big bowl to pick fresh figs for breakfast. There’s nothing like fresh picked fruits and vegetables.
We New Englanders love our bleeding heart perennials that reliably bloom in the late spring each year. But have you ever seen a tropical bleeding heart vine? I keep mine in the sunroom from about October 15 through May 15, and then move it outside in the warmer months. It’s a very showy vine, with flowers that begin as you see here, white with small interior red flowers:
In 2011, Cincinnati AARP member LaDonna Pope inspired the creation of neighborhood “giving gardens.” Today, several neighborhoods have giving gardens -- where AARP members and community gardeners work together to grow fresh produce for nearby homebound seniors.
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