Wednesday, July 28, 2010

a little break...

It's such a beautiful day...what to do, what to do.

I just think I'll take a tiny break...and a little cat nap.
I'll be back to blogging soon...*yawn*

Saturday, July 10, 2010

how does my garden grow?

About two weeks ago, I should have gone out into the garden to take pics of the awesome lilies. Most of the Asiatic lilies were in full bloom, and the orange ones coming up through the baby's breath was quite stunning. Here is what is left of them...I think they still look quite nice.

And how about the friendly face in this sassy orange daylily? If you click on the picture, you'll get a better view of him.

There are many other very cool flowers blooming, some of my favorites. They're like old friends coming back. So let me introduce you...

First, the hydrangeas. I got these from one of my previous bosses. A landscaper had put them into his little garden by his house, and he wasn't pleased with how they looked. They were pretty scrawny. But you know what they say about perennials: the first year, they sleep. (He gave them to me the first year he had them.) The second year, they creep. So they get a little bigger. And the third year, they LEAP! Well, these puppies have leapt--they're big, bold and beautiful!

I love my hostas. Some of the hosta blossoms are dainty, but this version has all these lovely fat blooms.

These little cuties are balloon flowers...the blossom starts out looking like a little balloon, with all the tips of the flower petals touching. Then when they're ready, they pop open into this:

Here's a little Turk's cap lily...the last one blooming in my garden. These beauties hang upside down, similar to the beautiful orange tiger lilies that grow wild up in northern Minnesota.

And one lonesome clematis. The vines fell down off the trellis, and I didn't get them back up this spring, so this one just wandered out on top of the other flowers in the bed and bloomed right where it was planted. Hmm, somewhere there's a message in that.

And how could I forget my coneflowers? They're so beautiful.

And the liatris are just getting ready to burst into bloom. A fat bumblebee was humming around, trying to find the best ones already.

How could I pick a favorite? I like so many of them. It's like trying to pick a favorite out of your kids. They're all so different, and you love each of them for who they are. It's impossible!

And speaking of my flowers reminded me of this funny little video you might enjoy. I loved it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

time just flies

Time flies when you're busy, whether you're having fun or not!

It's been two no, three weeks since I posted. Unbelievable. So we've been getting used to our new little doggie for three whole weeks.

We settled on Cooper. Little Cooper Dooper. My Coop Dawg. Super Cooper. Or just plain Coop! He answers to all of them. LOL.

He doesn't hate us anymore. In fact, he has decided that he likes to sleep with us as much as he likes sleeping with the girls. So he takes turns.

He loves to walk on the leash. He can go out the side door into the fenced area to potty, but he hardly ever does that. He only goes out there to check on the squirrels and see if he can chase them up the tree. But if we go out the door and down the driveway, he's in heaven. His little head is up, his tail is up, and his ears are back with the wind. His little legs flash like scissors switching.

He eats the tiniest little bit--he's very cute. Still have the work...making sure he gets walked and fed and such, but oh, he warms my heart. ♥ ♥