Forrest rescued this beautiful big aloe plant from the last restaurant where he worked, after it closed. Every so often, the aloe puts on a show with a big, beautiful bloom—as you can see!
The bush to the right of the aloe plant is a beautyberry, a native plant that gets outrageously gorgeous purple berries in the fall. Since I'm a fall foliage nut, you will probably see plenty of pictures of the beautyberry when it begins to "do its thing." Stay tuned. (We got the Buddha from Target or, as we often pronounce it, "Tar-ZHAY.")