Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dynamite Red, Vinca White, and Plumbago Blue for the Fourth!

Red, White, and Blue posts for the Fourth of July have been a tradition at Rock-Oak-Deer--if three years can be considered a tradition.  A year ago this week I published my favorite posts about the gardens at The Warrior Family Support Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and I've been volunteering each week since then to help maintain the gardens.

The Red, White, and Blue garden has reached its peak bloom just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.

That's Dynamite Red Crape Myrtle--the perfect place for it.

This patriotic garden near the entrance which leads from the gardens to the building has been dedicated to Lynda Fisher, a volunteer who passed away shortly before I joined the group.  I never met Linda but I have enjoyed working with her husband Alton who volunteers in the gardens as well.

It's a little hard to see the Blue Plumbago at the base but it's in there.

Helping to keep these gardens in shape is a special experience and I'm often amazed when one of our heroes stops to thank us.  No, thank YOU, from the bottom of my heart.

Happy Fourth of July!


  1. Best wishes for a wonderful Independence Day weekend, Shirley!

  2. That's wonderful work you're doing there Shirley, and it looks fabulous! Happy 4th of July!

  3. Shirley, thank you for your Independence Day post. The WFSC gardens are kept beautiful with dedicated volunteers like you who understand that our freedoms are a result of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. May freedom always ring in the USA!

  4. Perfect spot for that Crape indeed! I think it is wonderful you help out there and volunteer- yes, I would imagine you get way more out of it than they do as is many times the case with volunteering. What a great place!!!! And you get to help make it a great place for so many. Beautiful display and perfect pairings for the 4th!!!!

  5. What a generous way for you to garden - I can understand why it fills your heart in a special way. So, thank YOU, Shirley, from the bottoms of our hearts. And, Happy Fourth!

  6. Great work you are doing there. It looks beautiful and must provide a lot of enjoyment.

    My 'Dynamites' just started blooming this past week. What a wonderful variety it is.

    1. I see you featured them as well Hoov and they are gorgeous!

  7. Happy Red, White and Blue to you, Shirley!

  8. Thank you all for your nice wishes and I hope you had a wonderful holiday just as we did!


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