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The Dart: Bailey enjoys adding a splash of color to her neighborhood

Annie Bailey tends to her flower beds in front of her Pecan Drive home Wednesday. (Jay Sowers | Times-Journal)

Annie Bailey tends to her flower beds in front of her Pecan Drive home Wednesday. (Jay Sowers | Times-Journal)

Editor’s note: The Dart is a weekly feature, where reporters throw a dart at a map of Selma to find a random location for a story.

When Annie Bailey moved into her Pecan Drive home last May, she decided to spruce up the front yard and add a splash of color to the neighborhood.

Bailey has planted hundreds of flowers along the sidewalk and throughout the front yard of her new home, and she said they’ve caught the eye of her neighbors and passing motorists.

“I have people stopping to look at the flowers and tell me how pretty it is just about all the time,” Bailey said. “They’ll see me working and just stop to tell me how pretty it is.”

When The Dart landed near Bailey’s home early Wednesday afternoon, she had just finished pulling weeds, deadheading flower bushes and sweeping the sidewalk.

While she enjoys the look of the full-grown flowers and the attention they get, Bailey said she mainly enjoys the process of planting and maintaining her yard.

“I’m outside watering almost everyday at 6 a.m., and then I’ll use a weed-whacker at least once a week to cut the grass,” Bailey said. “Some people like fishing and hunting, and I feel the same way about this. I enjoy going out there and planting, watering and just seeing things grow.”

While her front yard is full of brightly-colored perennials, Bailey works hard to maintain a vegetable garden in the backyard.

“My son and I were actually outside yesterday cleaning out the garden getting it ready so I can have a fall garden,” Bailey said. “We want to plant collard greens, onions and cabbage.”

Bailey admits it is a lot of work to maintain the flowers and vegetables, but she said it’s worth it when the flowers bloom and the vegetables are ready to be harvested.

“I’ve planted everything out there except for one hydrangea tree that was here before,” Bailey said. “I love working with the plants and watching them grow. It’s really become my favorite hobby.”