Chrysanthemums By The Door

Every spring small green shoots come up along the front of the house. Through the summer spread out their green leaves and grow flower buds. Every fall, the buds open into a profusion of quarter size yellow blooms.


Originally planted by one of the farm wives who came before me (Your mom, Jay?), they grow on either side of the front door and even squeeze themselves out between the house and sidewalk  just below the door so we step over them going in and out of the house.







They’re a hardy variety as they must have been planted at least 20 years ago, but continue to come up year after year providing a cheerful welcome to our home.


I just love them.

Thank you Mrs. Benson.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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5 Responses

  1. Glenda says:

    I love these little mums!

  2. Jeanne says:

    They’re very pretty – so cheerful!

  3. Dianna says:

    So beautiful! Whenever I see flowers blooming around an abandoned house, I always wonder who planted them? Did they have any idea the flowers would be enjoyed by someone years later?

  4. Lorraine says:

    Those yellow mums are such a treat on a dreary day!!!! I love marigolds to. The colors… There is a new subdivision right (within a mile) of our home. It was a big old farm. Nice old farm house with out buildings and barns. When we heard that it was going to be torn down and sold my husband and I went and dug up some of the plants, flowers and bulbs. They bloom in our home now and I have sent some to our family back in NY. I think of the farm wife that planted those looking down from Heaven and smiling……

    • Suzanne says:

      I’ve done that – rescued plants from an old homestead, my mom’s done it too. I wonder how many of us have given plants new lives in our gardens?

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