This man made pond features a "big pond" in the front and a "little pond" behind the fountain lady, filled with a million (yes! a million!!) gold fish that are the spawn of two single fish.
My absolute FAVORITE flowers back there area the gardenias. They smell like love and only bloom for a month during the summer.
I discovered this bush by following my nose. After taking this picture, I picked off this bloom and stuck it in the air vent in the room I was sleeping in so I could smell the heavenly gardenia smell in my sleeps.
Sadly, as gardenias grow on a bush as opposed to being stemmed, you can't buy them at the grocery store. So instead, this week I bought another flower that I used to love to observe in her back yard - hydrangeas. I couldn't find a picture of them, but her hydrangeas ranged from blue to purple to pink. Because my grandmother's hydrangeas were the only ones I remember seeing growing up, I was surprised to discover that they "make 'em" in white.
Until recently I had never seen hydrangeas in the grocery store and my selection was very limited. I guess now that it's getting warmer, they can offer a larger variety. Yay! These have lasted me a few weeks. I think $5 or $10 a month is not too bad for a constant appearance of fresh flowers in the old homestead.