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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Walter - fall colors backyard

We are finally seeing some great color changes in our yard. The above picture was taken a couple of days ago and the big tree in the middle, a katsura tree, is now all yellow. Today I’m going to show you just the colors on our Japanese maple trees. We have a wide variety of them throughout the yard and boy are they putting on quite a show.

Japanese maple - south side of yard

Check out the beautiful yellow and orange on the Japanese maple on the right above.

Japanese maple - south side of yard 2

Now lets look at a different view of that same tree. You can see much more orange to red color on this side.

Japanese maple yellow barberry

Here is one of the lacy varieties of Japanese maple next to our yellow barberry.

Japanese maple - feather like leaves

This is a close up of that maple tree. Don’t the leaves kind of remind you of feathers? My mom said it reminds her of a feather boa, whatever that is.

Japanese maple - leaves

Here is a close up of some pretty leaves against the grey bark of the tree.

Japanese maple - leaves - back gate

One more close up of the leaves on another tree. These leaves are like a big fan and have such pretty colors ranging from yellow to dark orange.

Red Maple - Japanese maples - south east corner of house

Last but not least just look at the trees in this picture. The red tree on the far right and the one in the center are both Japanese maples. The lighter yellow/orange one in the background on the left is a Red Maple (not a Japanese type).

In case you were wondering what that darkish brown is on the corner of our house it is caulk that our dad put in some holes that a crazy wood pecker has been hammering into our house. It is one of the downfalls of having a cedar sided house. As you know we love the birdies around here but we didn’t want one making a home inside our house!

I hope you enjoyed this walk around our yard. Next week I’ll show you some of the other trees and shrubs that are giving us a nice show of color. Happy Fall everyone!

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. We are playing catch up this week as we took the past couple of weeks off to be in the Pawlympics.

We showed you many of our daylilies already so here are the rest of them.

Daylily - Yellow 2

Daylily - rose colored - with beetle

Daylily - Large Pale Yellow

Daylily - Large Yellow with rust center

Daylily - Large Yellow

It seems that many of the flowers in bloom are yellow. Maybe it is just the color of the hot time of year.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Yellow Crocosmia

Yellow Crocosmia

We do have some flowers of other colors in bloom now too.

Red Crocosmia

Red Crocosmia

The final flower in the perennial garden in bloom now is the Joe Pye weed. It is so tall that it almost falls over from the weight of the flowers.

joe pye weed

The rugosa rose is on its second bloom and the bumble bees and other bugs are enjoying the pollen.

rugosa rose with bumble bee

The last flowers are on another hydrangea.

hydrangea

We hope you enjoyed this trip around our yard.

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

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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.

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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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Nap For Bailey Badge

Hi everyone. It’s Millie & Walter here. Last week our friend Bailey from Sheltie Times had to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Bailey and his sister were supposed to host a napping event in the Pawlympics. Today we are honoring him by taking naps. We think we have proven ourselves excellent nappers in the past but here are a couple new ones for you.

Why yes, I do find this comfortable.

Why yes, I do find this comfortable.

It's good to be wedged against the sectional and ottoman so you don't fall over.

It’s good to be wedged between the sectional and ottoman
so you don’t fall over.

We hope our friend and his family will proud of our napping skills. Run free sweet Bailey!

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