We dropped by our son's home this afternoon, after a lengthy walk through a greenbelt area that connects various parts of the town we live near (well, 25km/15mi). No one has lived there since May when the renovations started. The water in their above ground pool is a rather murky shade of green, a Virginia creeper has crept over the entire gazebo, and plants in the small veggie garden are at least 3 feet tall ... and they're not veggies ! My son has tried to keep the lawn cut on a semi-regular basis and has pulled out the odd weed so the place doesn't look totally overgrown.
Some of the plants, in addition to the Virginia creeper, seem to be doing just fine without any fuss and attention. I found this one - I think it's a hibiscus - blooming profusely even though no one was there to enjoy it - at least until today.
(all photos were made with an 18-55mm lens, aperture of f8, ISO200, and shutter speeds of 1/800 - 1/400 sec)
Oh, and while we were there, I made a few photos of the renovations. You might recall what the demolition scene (third photo on this page) looked like; here's how it looks today looking down the front hall into the kitchen at the rear and living room off to the left. I'll post the results when they're (hopefully) done in another few weeks.