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Friday, November 18, 2011

Thankfulness Challenge - Mick Said it Best

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need, ah yes...

The Rolling Stones

Three large crepe myrtles grow enthusiastically in the corner of my garden, their branches laden with frothy lavender flowers each summer and brilliant red foliage in the fall. But this year the leaves just curled up and died, scattering their remains along the carpet of mulch like dirt on a grave.

While the crepe myrtles shed their summer selves, the dogwood and 'Yoshino' cherry quietly began to blaze. Without the crepe myrtles to steal the show, they took center stage and I looked forward to seeing their new hue every morning before work. What I wanted was breathtaking fall color from every tree and shrub in my garden. Instead, I got just what I needed - solo performances that made me applaud.

Today I'm thankful I don't always get what I want because it makes me grateful for what I have. 

 'Yoshino' cherry  

Dogwood 'Stellar Pink'
Sweetspire 'Little Henry'

To see a crepe myrtle with beautful fall foliage, check out Southern Meadows blog. 


  1. What spectacular colors, especially in that close-up shot!

  2. Hi! I just returned from "visiting" some other bloggers and I found your comment. :-) Your photos show some beautiful Fall Color.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. Absolutely the best philosophy to have! I think your colors are wonderful. I love all the colors of the dogwood leaves. Thanks for the shout out! My crepe myrtle is the best this year than it has ever been. Interesting how it can change so drastically from one year to the next.

  4. I like the sentiment in this post--and wanting what you have is good!

  5. My Japanese maples are downright sad this year for color, but the redbuds came through. Beggars can't be choosy, I reckon. After the drought we've had, a few pretty leaves is all we can ask. I've got the Little Henry Sweetspire, too, and it sure has some pretty fall color. I won't see any color on mine till next month, though.

  6. Thanks for the reminder--it is so true. What you have is some beautiful fall color. Great post!


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