When we moved from our former Acadiana Cottage in the front with the parking lot view, to our new Acadiana Cottage with the beautiful large yard and oak tree space, I left my flowers I had planted in the flower bed. These lantanas and pentas have kept coming back for 3 years now but no one who has lived in our old Cottage has ever taken care of them in any way or even tried to tend to the flower bed. So this morning I'm going to dig up a couple of my bush lantana's and my red penta and my Honey will pot them for me when he comes home. It makes me kind of sad when I see the neglect of that flower bed. When we first moved here and in that front Cottage all that was growing in the flower bed was Elephant Ears and Monkey grass. The Elephant Ears were as high as our porch railing. (I hope I can find the picture and share). At that time I didn't know to much about flower beds and growing things but I hated those Elephant Ears and I was determined to dig them out. I didn't know they were bulb plants and that once I started cutting them down and digging up the roots...there were so many bulbs to dig up too that I almost gave up and just let them take over. But I didn't and when I finished getting every last bulb out the ground that I could find I then mixed the rich soil in that bed and went shopping for flowers I liked to plant in their place. I didn't know much about flowers at that time either so I just picked out colorful ones that I liked and then came home and put them in the ground. And they grew beautifully for the most part. But then the winter came and most of them died. So the next Spring I had to plant new ones...and I picked different ones and put them in the ground and they also bloomed forth...until the Winter came again and once again they died and did not come up again in the Spring. But I was having fun enjoying the different flowers blooming and learning which ones I liked and grew well, etc. So it was a learning experience as well as having colorful flowers to bring my heart joy as they bloomed forth. Later, I found that I liked growing lantana and pentas the best and they both came back year after year if you cut them back for the winter. The Butterflies and Bees also like them...and even our Hummingbirds were drawn to the bright red pentas. When we moved back here we have more shade in the beds that are next to our porch so I can't grow pentas and lantana there. But with such a big lot we also have lots of sunshine. So I'm going to go this morning and get my flowers that the other tenants didn't appreciate and my Honey will put them in big pots and in sunny spots around us. And once again I will enjoy their beauty and easy mainenance.