Do you know what this is? (Hint: Southerners may not play. They all know.)
It used to look like this:
Then, as it matured, it opened up and fell to the ground. The red bits in the first picture are really the seeds.
It started out life as a marvelous, fragrant flower on one of our trees. Here, take a better look: It is one of the pair of magnolias that stand sentinel on our driveway.
But what has this to do with a crafty husband, you ask? Why, you are looking at one of his FO’s (finished objects). He built the stone planters that protect the trees and the day lilies planted at their feet. When we bought the house, the magnolias and lilies were there, planted on a sort of “pitchers’ mound” rise on each side of the driveway. However, every time the yard man mowed with his riding mower, more and more of the mounds was scalped away. We began to fear we would have magnolia cupcakes, not mounds. So DH dug up and saved all the lilies, built the stone planters ( two of them, remember), divided the lilies, replanted them with good, fresh potting soil, and there you have it! Most of our neighbors have been very complimentary; a few refer to us as “the house with the wishing wells”. I call it a job well done!