Liam the pug has seen a lot of changes in his yard since we moved to this house 4 years ago. An old and gnarly apple tree smack in the middle came out to make room for a flower bed and bird bath. A big and nasty holly tree that was half-dead and home to zillions of ticks came out to make room for something (anything!) else. And the big incense cedars that line the back of the yard have been pruned at least twice, so they can withstand the winds and rains that come with winter.
Liam has also been through pumpkin harvests, rose cuttings, grape harvests, strawberry fests and hydrangea plantings. Almost everything has changed. Except for one thing.
This massive fuchsia plant was here when we moved in, and it grows more and more spectacular each year. In the winter, I cut the canes right down to the ground. And in the spring and fall, I use a little long-lasting fertilizer to help provide the plant with the energy it needs in order to grow. But really: That's all that's required for this plant.
Liam seems to like this plant, as he often returns from a trip outside with a little pollen dusting his head and neck. He might be smelling the flowers or just climbing under there to get a better pee spot. And the hummingbird visitors we have in the yard every year absolutely adore this plant for the nectar it brings.
I also must admit to a fondness for this plant. After all, without it, I couldn't get photos like this for Wordless Wednesday, hosted by BlogPaws!
What do you think of Liam and his pretty plants? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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