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  • Writer's pictureJenny Lynn Keller

Summer Blooms


Every summer my Bottlebrush Buckeyes grace my yard like elegant ladies in bygone eras dressed for afternoon tea. Their lacey white blooms glisten in the morning light and sashay in the afternoon breeze. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees drop by to say hello, enjoy a snack, and flutter away until their next visit. Native to the southeast, the shrub thrives along forest edges, tolerates drought, and repels deer better than a barking dog. Although a lovely addition to southern gardens, especially those raided by marauding plant eaters, please be aware all parts of the shrub are toxic if ingested by humans or animals.


What’s blooming in your yard or garden this summer?


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