“Strange Plant, is that how you do?”

I have an indoor life and an outdoor life. Both are full of wonder.

Indoor Life:

I wonder how wooden spoons keep things from boiling over?
Why would anyone use flat paint in a kitchen?
I wonder what’s under this tile?
Will she ever stop growing, like ever?
Why did I ever want anything but stainless steel pots and pans?
Do the noodles go directly to the inside of my thighs, or is that a coincidence?
Why isn’t everything wireless yet?
What the hell do they do in this bathroom?!?

Outdoor Life:

How far back can I trim this wayward rosebush without killing it?
Where should I plant this milkweed?
Where should I plant this tulip tree?
How are these trees survivingย when clearly all their limbs are in my yard?
If I take the pots out of the back yard, and no one lives there, it’s not really stealing, is it?
What should I plant on this trellis?

Most importantly, I spend a lot of time asking plants, “What the fuck are you?”

Case in point, the strange plant in my front bed. Strange Plant looked like a schefflera.


For awhile, I wondered if maybe the previous owner had just thrown her houseplant into the garden.
Then it lived through the winter?
(In Indiana, scheffleras do not live through the winter. One of the things that will freak Hoosiers out, is realizing that The Deep South has outdoor hedges made of our houseplants.)

Yesterday, as we left the house, I realized Strange Plant had blooms on it. Big, hot pink blooms.
In the shade?
Really, Strange Plant? Is that how you do?

I took a few photos and sent them in a text to my mother. She said she couldn’t find its name.

Today, I decided to research Strange Plant.
Woody, leaflets, yes, six, waxy, yes, flowering, pink…



Just last week, I was looking at the rhododendrons on Jewels’s blog, ooh, so pretty! It left me wondering where I could put a rhododendron in my own yard.

Apparently, I can put one in the shade of the front bed.


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16 Responses to “Strange Plant, is that how you do?”

  1. Selena says:

    So beautiful!!!!!!!! Great post..these questions are so familiar;)!


  2. Dan Antion says:

    I love reading your blog, I can imagine the moments when you say those things. We have a couple rhododendrons that have survived the hot shade of summer and the brutal winter on the due-north side of our house. No direct sun ever and Dec-Feb seems like the Alaska winter. Beautiful pics.


  3. Sherry says:

    yep yep yep..shade shade..yep…tons of those things in CT…very pretty…oh….Saturday afternoon…happy day…


  4. meANXIETYme says:

    OMG I was going to say rhododendron once I saw the almost-blooming flower. And whoo-wee that’s a gorgeous colored flower!


  5. suzjones says:

    Apparently you don’t have to put them in now. lol


  6. Jennifer says:

    Hostas do well in shade also…and have very pretty blooms. I miss our shade because I had two HUGE bushes.


  7. Jewels says:

    Hey cool, so you had yourself some Rhododendrons planted there already, fun! ๐Ÿ˜€


  8. Luanne says:

    Hahahaha. This made me chuckle uncontrollable.


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