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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. We are finally getting a break in our hot, dry weather and have enjoyed some time playing outside.

Today we want to show you what is blooming in our yard. Let’s start with our hydrangea. There are lots of varieties and we have quite a few different ones.

Smooth Hydrangea

Here is a close up view of a couple of the flower heads.

Next up is a mophead serrata hydrangea. This one turns a beautiful pale purple color.

We have a few Hydrangea Paniculata varieties too. These are favorites of all sorts of flying insects.


Our deciduous azalea just finished up blooming. It’s always nice to see these yellow azalea blooming in the summer.

We have one more shrub to show you. This callicarpa (also know as beautyberry) has these tiny flowers that are opening up along most of the stalks. We are waiting for fall when these little flowers hopefully will turn into bright purple fruit.

Let’s move on to the perennials in the yard now.

A view of our perennial garden from our patio

Another bright yellow flower we enjoy is coreopsis.

The hosta are almost finished blooming but here’s one to show you.

We have a couple varieties of agastache. They are a lovely purple color and are favorites of the hummingbirds and butterflies.

Blue Fortune Agastache

Last but not least is our pink loosestrife.

We hope you enjoyed checking out our what is blooming in our yard right now.

We are joining Arty, Jakey and Rosy for this weeks Flower Friday. Stop by their blog to see what other blogs are doing. They probably have flowers of their own to show.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. The weather has been super hot here most of the summer so it was nice when the weather cooled off long enough for us to get outside to play and let our mom take some flower pictures.

We have lots of perennials and shrubs in bloom right now but we are only going to show you are daylilies today. Let’s get on with the show.

We hope you enjoyed checking out our daylilies that are blooming in our yard right now.

We are joining Arty, Jakey and Rosy for this weeks Flower Friday. Stop by their blog to see what other blogs are doing. They probably have flowers of their own to show.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie here. Our mom finally got around to taking some pictures of what is flowering in our yard right now and then she actually said we could do a post. We have lots of perennials and some shrubs in bloom right now so let’s take a look.

Goats Beard – Aruncus dioicus

Goats Beard – close up

Hosta

The hummingbirds just love drinking from the hosta.

Stella D’Oro Daylily

Spirea flowers

Therese Bugnet rose

Rugosa Rose

Amsonia and Ladies Mantle

Amsonia – close up

Campanula Blue Waterfall

Campanula Blue Waterfall – close up

Clematis

I hope you enjoyed checking out some of the flowers blooming in our yard right now. This is what I was doing while mom was taking all those pictures.

This is my happy place.

We are joining Rosy for this weeks Flower Friday. Stop by her blog to see what other blogs are doing. They probably have flowers of their own to show.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Boy I must not have been thinking straight yesterday when I posted about our orioles at our feeder because I forgot to include the video I made to go along with it.

So without further ado here it is.

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

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to tell you about some of the wild bird excitement we’ve had in the past few days. On Saturday morning we saw a Baltimore Oriole feeding from our hummingbird feeder.

Male Baltimore Oriole on hummingbird feeder

In a short time we were able to see at least 3 male Orioles and one female.

Male Baltimore Oriole on hummingbird feeder while female waits her turn

One of the things Orioles like to eat from are fruits and oranges are a favorite. Since we had a supply of oranges in the fridge Charlie decided to make an orange feeder. After a little while in his workshop an orange feeder was created.

An orange feeder with room for half an orange on each side.

All it took were a few scraps of wood (that were already treated with protective coating) and a sturdy piece of wire salvaged from an old bookcase. A couple of screw eyes to hang it with and we were in business.

We put the orange feeder just a few feet away from the hummingbird feeder and within minutes the orioles were exploring it.

Sometimes there was even a waiting line in the tree above the feeder and other times there was an oriole on both sides.

In the morning when I take the dogs out for their first “business” run I now add orange feeder maintenance to the routine.

A well used orange

Needless to say the new feeder is a hit with the orioles. We think we have at least 2 males and 2 females so we are hoping they stick around all summer so we might get to see their babies too. Most summers we’ve had glimpses of orioles around our property but this is the first year we’ve ever had them come to our hummingbird feeders so we hope to see much more of them.

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Hi everyone. It’s Cindy here. Mother Nature must be confused about what time of year it is. While most of my Blogville friends have been posting pictures of leafed out trees and flowers popping from the ground we are stuck with snow.

My mom (who lives near me) has been spending the past few weeks with her brother in Arizona so I thought I would send her a postcard.

The real irony of the above picture is the contrast between what is outside and the picture on the calendar to the right of the sliding door. Let me zoom in on the calendar for you.

What a lovely picture of a dog laying next to a spring blooming shrub. It will be over a month before we could attempt to recreate that picture. It snowed off and on all day yesterday and the high temperature for the next few days will be in the 30’s about 20 degrees below average.

Just another look at yesterday’s weather

Now I thought I would brighten up this post with a couple pictures my mom took of the cacti blooming in Arizona.


Those are pretty flowers. I hope in a few weeks I will be able to show you some of our own flower pictures.

We are joining Rosy for this weeks Flower Friday. Stop by her blog to see what other blogs are doing. They probably have flowers of their own to show.

P.S. To Mom: I hope you don’t mind that I stole a couple of your pictures. Make sure you dress for cold weather when you come home next week.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We want to wish all our friends that celebrate it a Merry Christmas and to all those that don’t we wish you a very Happy Holiday season. Here is our card for this year.

2017 Christmas Card – Front

2017 Christmas Card – Back

We got to open our exchange pressies today and will show you all about them later this week. A very big thank you to Rosy and Lady Shasta for them.

It’s always so much fun participating in the Blogville Card Exchange and Gift Exchange. We hope everyone is enjoying a fun time with family and all those they love.

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