A very special flower garden


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

Billy Thompson stands with some of the begonias that he has planted in flower pots and placed around his front yard at his home on Ravenscroft Street. For the past 14 years Thompson has placed flowers his front yard each year, usually with a mixture of colors. This year, however, the flowers are all red and Thompson said he chose to have all red ones as a reminder of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
These are some more of the begonias Billy Thompson has placed in the front yard of his home on Ravenscroft Street.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Billy Thompson has placed 92 begonias throughout his front yard at his home on Ravenscroft Street. Thompson has planted flowers in flower pots and place in his front yard every year for the past 14 years.

UNION — The front yard of Billy Thompson’s home on Ravenscroft Street is awash with red as a reminder of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Every year for the past 14 years, Thompson has filled his front yard, front porch, the outside of his house’s front windows, and the ramp leading into his home with flowers.

This year is no different except that, for first time ever, Thompson has placed nothing but red begonias in front of his home. He said he did so to make a spiritual point.

“I wanted to go all red this year,” Thompson said. “I’ve been going with mixed colors before, but this year I decided to go with all red because Jesus shed his blood for us.”

Thompson has a total of 92 flower arrangements in front of his house, placed throughout the yard on both sides of the ramp as well as lining the ramp, and hanging in the windows.

All the begonias were purchased from Sanders Garden Center who Thompson said “always has good, strong plants” adding that he didn’t have a problem resetting them in his flower pots.

Thompson said he has always enjoyed having a flower garden, adding that it is something of a family tradition as his mother always had a large flower garden.

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