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Or What Not to do By Millie!

Hi everyone it’s Millie & Walter here. First we want to thank Sarge and Bites for organizing this wonderful safety week. To view all the blogs participating, go to the hop at Oz’s site.

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Today it’s our turn to do a post for Safety Week! If you are a follower of our blog you may remember a few videos we showed of our high speed antics around our yard (if you need a refresher you can go here, here and here). We don’t discriminate based on the weather either. We have learned a few things about our high speed antics and thought we would let our Mini Me’s demonstrate what we have learned.

When chasing your brother don't try to run through the shrubs.

When chasing your brother don’t try to run through the shrubs.

Running into shrubs can be hazardous to your health.

Running into shrubs can be hazardous to your health.

It is best to go around the shrubbery wherever you are running. Otherwise you might end up with a stick up your nose.

As you can see, when Walter zigged Millie didn’t zag and instead ran right into one of the shrubs. This ended in an emergency trip to the vet but she recovered quickly.

The next scenario involves a tree and the same concept.

Pay attention to the obstacles in your way.

Pay attention to the obstacles in your way.

Don't run into a tree at high speed.

Don’t run into a tree at high speed.

On the 4th of July we were zooming around the yard when Millie ran full speed into a tree and hit her knee. There was a small open wound but it wasn’t bleeding. We cleaned out the wound and kept our eye on how Millie was feeling.  Since it happened on a holiday we figured she could wait until the next day to see a vet. She was a little stiff and sore the next day. The vet shaved the area around the wound and flushed it out with saline and determined that it didn’t need any stitches.

Another embarrassing injury

Another embarrassing injury

Here is a close up of the wound so if you are a bit squeamish scroll past real fast.

Nasty ouchie on the knee

Nasty ouchie on the knee

Don’t worry, in just a couple of weeks the wound was completely closed. In just a couple more weeks the hair has already completely grown back and you would never know anything had happened.

So the moral of the story is if you are going to run high speed anywhere Watch Where You Are Going!!!

Mini Millie in bubble wrap with Mini Walter - With thought bubbles

Now all I need is a helmet to be safe

We hope you enjoyed this lesson in how not to get hurt while zooming around your yard or dog park. Don’t forget to visit the other safety lessons today so go to Oz’s site to find them.

Walter and his rope ball - BW

This is Walter’s favorite toy to play with. It’s a Jolly Ball Romp-n-Roll. You can’t see it very well in the picture but there is a hole through the center and a long rope through it. As you can see it makes him very happy!

We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

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Last week was all about day lilies. Today is all about everything else that is in bloom right now.

First up a look at our beautiful containers.

Container on our patio wall

Containers on our patio wall

I purchased these as hanging pots and we transferred them to larger containers. There are just three types of flowers and the container that gets the most sun has grown to over 3 feet across. It hangs down so far that you can’t see the pot under it any more.

South East view of perennial garden

South East view of perennial garden

In addition to the day lilies (many of which are still blooming) there are many other flowers in bloom.

Pink cone flower

Pink cone flower

Black eyed susan

Black eyed Susan

Close up of Black eyed Susan

Close up of Black eyed Susan

Here is a lovely trio of flowers.

White gayfeather, Joe Pye Weed, and Loosestrife (Front to Back)

White gayfeather, Joe Pye Weed, and Loosestrife
(Front to Back)

There are also some visitors enjoying our flowers.

Eastern tiger swallowtail feasting on loosetrife

Eastern tiger swallowtail feasting on loosetrife

Around the patio are some more flowering shrubs and perennials.

Yellow Potentilla

Yellow Potentilla

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

Crocosmia are one of my favorite flowers. Our hummingbirds enjoy them a lot too but so far I haven’t  been able to catch any pictures of them on it.

Crocosmia close up

Crocosmia close up

As always we have to thank Charlie for his excellent care of our gardens.

We are joining Dory with this Flower Friday post.

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Wild Bird Wednesday

I thought I would give you a little birding update from our yard. You may remember a while back when I reported that our bluebird box had been under attack by some House sparrows. Sadly the first brood of babies was lost but since then our bluebird couple have been working hard to raise two more broods. The last couple of weeks the babies from the final brood have been coming to the feeder and we have been able to watch them grow.

Please note that all the pictures in this post were taking through our windows so the quality isn’t very good.

A baby bluebird spotlighted in our linden tree

A baby bluebird spotlighted in our linden tree

At first the babies would land in the tree above the dried meal worm feeder and call to be fed.

Baby bluebirds huddled together

Baby bluebirds huddled together

Feed me mom! I'm starving here!

Feed me mom! I’m starving here!

Eventually they got up the courage to land in the feeder but still wanted to be fed by mom or dad.

Hurry up mom! I don't care how big the worm is.

Hurry up mom! I don’t care how big the worm is.

Nom, nom, nom, nom......

Nom, nom, nom, nom……

Eventually the babies started coming to the feeder and helping themselves and sometimes would even start to forage on the ground for themselves.

Anything good to eat down here?

Anything good to eat down here?

I always love the call that the male bluebird makes (click on the link to find a recording). He sweetly calls to his family to keep them all together. We sure are going to miss these bluebirds when they are gone for the season but we will always have the welcome mat ready when they come back next spring (and make sure to keep the sparrows away).

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Wild Bird Wednesday and will take some time to stop by the blog hop host too.

Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. This weeks edition of Flower Friday is all about day lilies. We have a wide variety of day lilies all around our yard. So sit back and enjoy the show.

dark burgundy yellow center ruffled day lily

dark burgundy yellow center ruffled day lily - 2

yellow rose day lily

dark burgundy ruffled day lily

dark yellow day lily

dark coral day lily

pink ruffled day lily

small yellow burgundy center day lily - 2

small yellow burgundy center day lily

pink dark center day lily

red with yellow center day lily - with bug

dark burgundy yellow center day lily - blue spruce background

large pale yellow day lily

red with yellow center day lily

As always we have to thank Charlie for his excellent care of our gardens.

We are joining Dory with this Flower Friday post.

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Two happy pups cooling off in the wet grass after a morning of play.

Walter - laying in cool grass - BW

Millie - grass on lip - BW

I wasn’t eating any grass…really!

We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today we are joining Dory with a Flower Friday post.

DorysFlowerFridayBadgeOur perennial garden is looking fabulous right now with lots of different things in bloom so I thought I would just share some overall pictures today. This garden is only about 15 feet from the back windows of the house and can be seen from every room. I love walking by a window and looking out to admire all the beauty. We used to have a large ornamental grass in the sunny end but with the polar vortex cold we had this winter it didn’t make it.

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Perennial garden in 2013 with large ornamental grass

It was a lot of work to remove such a huge grass but Charlie managed. He replaced it with about 10 perennials and added about 7 more perennials in areas where other plants didn’t come back. The picture below is almost the same shot as the one above. We enjoyed the grass but really love the addition of more flowers and the ability to see more of the garden from the house.

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View of perennial garden without ornamental grass

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perennial garden 3

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I hope you enjoyed the views of our perennial garden today. I will show you more of the flowers close up in an upcoming post. All our day lilies are in bloom and are just gorgeous.

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