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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here! It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. This month we are reviewing True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts with Real Sirloin Steak Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

What's in the box? I don't know but it sure smells good.

What’s in the box?
I don’t know but it sure smells good.

It took some work but Walter got the bag out of the box (you can see that action in the video below) and here is what we found.

True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts with Real Sirloin Steak Dog Treats Bag

Made in the USA and 100% Natural

Look how big those pieces are!

Look how big those pieces are!

Mom you better hand them over soon!

Mom you better hand them over soon!

OMD! She is making us wait before we get to taste them.

OMD! She is making us wait before we get to taste them.

The torture is killing me. Maybe if I look away it won't be so bad.

The torture is killing me. Maybe if I look away it won’t be so bad.

She finally gave in and let us have them. You can see how much we liked them in the video below.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

These are so soft it is easy to break them up into smaller pieces.

These are so soft it is easy to break them up into smaller pieces.

Breaking them up doesn't fool us into thinking we are getting more mom!

Breaking them up doesn’t fool us into thinking we are getting more mom!

We really loved these treats! Even though they are a little big (when we get to eat one whole), they are soft enough to easily chew before we swallowed them down. There is no question this is an 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) great treat and we recommend them to all our friends.

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This month we are joining Oz the Terrier and Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: We received one bag of True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts with Real Sirloin Steak Dog Treats from Chewy.com to review. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and will receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of ours.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. The other day I was out in the yard while mom took pictures of our flowers.

Is that the chipmunk I see?

Is that the chipmunk I see?

I was keeping my eye on all the rodents in the yard in case my mom needing protecting from those pesky chipmunks. Let’s take a look at what is blooming in our yard right now.

Veronica

Veronica

Yet another variety of Campanula

Yet another variety of Campanula

Coreopsis

Coreopsis

Monarda aka Bee Balm

Monarda aka Bee Balm

A yellow Red Hot Poker

A yellow Red Hot Poker

Our hummingbirds are happy to have those last two around. They are favorites of the bees too.

Hey mom are you done yet?

Hey mom are you done yet?

We still have a few more flowers to show you. Our daylilies are in bloom now so here are a few of them. Not all had started blooming when we took these pictures so we will show you more at a later date.

Daylily - Red Yellow center - perennial garden

Daylily - Pink Yellow center - perennial garden

Daylily - Red Yellow center Large - patio

Daylily - Pink two tone

Daylily - Pink - Front yard

This is our mom's favorite.

This is our mom’s favorite.

These are actually a very small flower compared to most daylilies.

These are actually a very small flower compared to most daylilies

We hope you enjoyed this trip around our yard. Check back next week for more flowers.

Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. As our title indicates we have been having a heat wave this summer. The weather peeps tell us that we have had more 90+ degree (32 C) days than the past 3 years combined! In addition to that we are experiencing a drought. Our daddy has been working hard to keep all our plants happily hydrated. We haven’t been spending much time in the yard because of the heat but lets take a look and see what is blooming.

Hosta - variegated - back mound 4

First up are our hosta. You can’t see much blooming in this picture but we also like our hosta just for its colorful foliage.

Hosta - variegated - back mound 2

Hosta - variegated - back mound

When they do bloom they have these nice bell shaped flowers that the hummingbirds just love.

Hosta - Perennial garden - Flowering - Linden Tree debris

Next up we will show you some of our hydrangea. We have this great climbing hydrangea and smooth hydrangea on the side of our garage.

Hydrangea - Climbing - Smooth White - Garage

The climbing hydrangea flowers aren’t much to look at but the plant itself is a great place to raise a family. We have had robins nesting in it almost every year. Here is a closer look at the smooth hydrangea and its big white mophead flowers

Hydrangea - Smooth White - Garage

Also next to the garage is one of our oak leaf hydrangea.

Hydrangea - Oak learf - Garage

Many of our hydrangea have only white flowers but a few also bring a bit of color to the yard. Here are some pictures of another type of mophead hydrangea.

Hydrangea - Mophead - preziosa - Back Corner

They start out a pale greenish white color and change color over the course of the summer. You can just see a hint of pinkish purple in them now.

Hydrangea - Mophead - preziosa - Back Corner 2

Last but not least is our mom’s favorite hydrangea the lacecap variety.

Hydrangea - Lacecap - pink - back gate

These are a beautiful pink color. Let’s take a closer look so you can see how they get their name.

Hydrangea - Lacecap - single flower - pink - back gate

They sure are a beautifully delicate flower.

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Flower Friday. Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining our friends at the Army of Four Digest with a Serene Sunday post. One of the most serene things in our yard is our linden tree. It was planted about 25 years ago fairly close to our family room to provide shade as it matured.

Linden tree in full bloom

Linden tree in full bloom

It is the anchor of our perennial garden and as it has grown has become the reason for changing some of the flowers to more shade loving. This year was one of the most prolific flowering seasons for the linden tree. If you are at all familiar with linden trees you know that the fragrance from the flowers is intoxicating.

Linden tree flowers

Linden tree flowers

When the weather is cool enough, and we have the windows open, the fragrance from the flowers just fills the house. We aren’t the only ones who enjoy these flowers. During the time the linden tree is in bloom it is overcome with every kind of bee like creature you can imagine. Here is just a little snippet of one visitor.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

If you stand under the tree during the time it is in bloom it sounds like you are standing next to a beehive. You can’t hear it in the video so you will just have to take my word for it.

The only down side to the two weeks of the sumptuously sweet smell is the mess the flowers make as they fall to the ground.

Hostas under the linden tree

Hostas under the linden tree

Usually we have periodic rains to wash the debris off the plants under the tree but this year we have been experiencing a drought.

The hosta leaves catch everything

The hosta leaves catch everything

It doesn’t seem to have an adverse effect on the hosta. Hopefully we will have a decent rain soon to wash it away. We wish someone could invent smell-o-vision so we could share the sweet scent with you but until then maybe you can find one near you. Of course you will have to wait until next year to enjoy it though.

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. The last time we did a flower Friday we showed you mostly trees and shrubs so this week we are showing (mostly) perennials. Since we said “mostly” perennials we will show you the one shrub in our post today first.

Deciduous Swamp Azalea

Deciduous Swamp Azalea

Now on to all our perennials. Let’s start with some of the campanula or bellflowers we have. These are all blue or purple and bloom at about the same time.

Willow Bell Campanula

Willow Bell Campanula

Serbian Bellflower - Blue Waterfall

Serbian Bellflower – Blue Waterfall

Purple Clustered Bellflower

Purple Clustered Bellflower

Now sticking with purple we want to show you how spectacular our clematis is doing this year. We can’t remember when it has been so full of blooms in recent years.

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis bloom

Clematis bloom

We have a couple more blue flowers in the garden too.

Agastache - the hummingbirds love these

Agastache – the hummingbirds love these

Amsonia - Blue Star

Amsonia – Blue Star

Let’s move on to some white flowers.

Rodgersia

Rodgersia

Goats Beard

Goats Beard

Astilbe - This one actually has a peachy tint to it.

Astilbe – This one actually has a peachy tint to it.

Husker Red Penstemon

Husker Red Penstemon – another hummingbird favorite

Heuchera - two varieties shown here

Heuchera – two varieties shown here

It’s difficult to see the heuchera flowers but there are many tiny white bell shaped flowers along each stalk. Now let’s move along to a little more color.

Ladies Mantle

Ladies Mantle

The ladies mantle almost form a hedge along one edge of the perennial garden. Among all the blue and purple flowers the yellow sunflowers and pink cone flowers really stand out in our garden right now.

sunflowers - cone flowers - clemetis

Yellow Sunflowers

Yellow Sunflowers

Pink Cone flowers

Pink Coneflowers

Last but not least our Stella D’oro daylilies have been blooming like crazy and are a hint of the many daylilies we have in our garden that are just about to start blooming.

Stella D'Oro daylilies

Stella D’Oro daylilies

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Flower Friday. Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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