Flowerful Aspen and People From Texas

Flowerful Aspen and People From Texas

I knew Aspen would be pretty in the summer but I was surprised by how pretty. There are flowers everywhere, spilling over sidewalks, billowing from containers, bordering lawns, bursting from window boxes. We nipped out here for a short while to catch up with my Cowboy’s good buds from all […]

I knew Aspen would be pretty in the summer but I was surprised by how pretty. There are flowers everywhere, spilling over sidewalks, billowing from containers, bordering lawns, bursting from window boxes.

Aspen Flowers
Cosmos, petunias, asters, oh my!

We nipped out here for a short while to catch up with my Cowboy’s good buds from all over and to have a reunion of sorts of our Burgundy biking group. (For new readers His Grace the Cowboy is my sweetheart). A lot of ’em are from Texas, including His Grace’s first wife who is also named Frances if you can believe. She is my bud too, now, and lucky for me.

Aspen Flowers
Ruby B Begonia! Sometimes coleus is just great, and this deep ruby-leafed variety is one of 'em. Begonias peeking out below.

I always liked Texas people. One time, years ago, I was getting ready to go to Houston to lecture for Veranda I think back when I was their editor-at-large. It was my first trip there. I was at home in Tarboro (NC) visiting Mama beforehand. She said, “Yes Texas people are cute. They’re a lot like people from North Carolina.” And I said, “Yes, but they have better jewelry.”

Aspen Flowers
Aspen foliage and chipmunk
Aspen Flowers
Cosmos, petunias, pansies - and what else? Anyone?

Texas people are good storytellers, too. I’ve got one I’m saving for y’all  for when there’s a lull in the conversation…

Aspen Flowers
I love this salmon-colored variegated nasturtium. Did you know nasturtiums are edible?
Aspen Flowers
More petunias(?) and dusty miller, right?

Well we sure had a good time. It is mighty nice when you like your sweetheart’s friends as much as he does. And if they like you back, that’s good, too.

Aspen Flowers
Coneflowers, rudbeckia, or Echinacea - valued for its immunity-boosting and healing properties.

We’re back at the ranch now, and it’s hot.

Aspen Mountain in summer
Bye-bye Aspen

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