Surprised by green

A while ago I mentioned that my new garden has been presenting me with surprises at every corner.  As the season grows towards summer, and the anniversary of my taking possession comes along, the anonymous bits of greenery continue to present me with new faces.  Such as this aggressive green bush that I’ve spent weeks beating back into one part of the garden.  It clearly had been planted by someone, so I waited, to see what on earth could justify inviting this land-grabber inside the gates.  And now I have my answer:Spice bush

It’s a spice bush.  Similarly, there are a few scruffy native trees tucked in among the firs and oaks that I could identify, and therefore knew what was coming.  But still a joy to have them burst into mounds of white:DSC01296

Although some of the surprises, well…DSC01273

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  1. Karen G Wolf on June 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I have not heard of a spice bush. One knows of many spices, but is a spice bush something special, one can use in the kitchen, or is it just a very spicy invasive weed? You are so blessed to have your new home and I hope it blesses you with new gustatory and visual ideas. I so look forward to your new novel!

  2. Merrily Taylor on June 3, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Is that a stuffed bear? My eyesight ain’t what it used to be…

  3. Laurie King on June 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Spice bush:

    And yes, Merrily, that’s a well-chewed stuffed bear. We find many such corpses throughout the garden, left by the previous owner’s large dog.

    • Merrily Taylor on June 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Laurie, thank goodness, I was thinking “Laurie’s house has BEARS?” Not that you couldn’t handle them if necessary…
      And I forgot to say, congratulations on the beautiful greenery!

  4. A Fan of Deduction on June 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Well that bears a bit….. Disturbing…. Ha!

  5. Beth Havens on June 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Love the view, and the teddy too.

  6. Lillian Bartel on February 18, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Did you write a book “Greening Spys”?

    • Laurie King on May 5, 2021 at 12:24 am

      Nope, not me.

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