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Backyard junky fun. . .

A recent stay in the hospital for surgery brought to my door a beautiful yellow lantana 
sent from my baby sister.   Unfortunately, I was unable to do much with it at the time, so it sat in its pot for 
almost three weeks before my mother had pity on it and had me “help” her put it in the ground today.  
Lantana, by the way, is one of the best all round flowering plants for our sunbaked corner of Texas.  
I have had these beautiful flowers around my mailbox for years, totally neglecting them, and they keep 
coming back year after year, even after last year’s record drought.

My mother and I decided on a back corner of my backyard for this lantana’s new home, but since I have 
three dogs who have free run of the yard, we needed to come up with some way to keep my male Boston 
terrier from “anointing” it while on his daily rounds.  My parents are always complaining about the junk that 
fills several sheds on their property, so I wondered if they might be willing to part with some old bicycle tire 
rims.  Of course, they were.  Here is what we did–or rather, what she did while I stood by with 
encouragement!  It will look better once the grass fills in around it.  Can you see the small rim in the back?

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