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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Madi and Angel Easy to show their friend Sammy our favorite place in our home town.

Little Black Dog in Big Snow

Little Black Dog in Big Snow

Whether it’s right after a winter snow storm where we love to plow through the fluffy white stuff and wrestle until we look like abominable snow dogs or…

walter - little dog in big yard

Little tan dog under big tree

…it’s early spring when the trees and shrubs are just starting to bud out and the grass has started to green up or…

Walter - with toy under Katsura tree

Happy tan dog in shade of big tree

… it’s the heat of the summer where you can cool off in the shade of the Katsura tree during a game of fetch or…

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Two dogs playing on a cool fall day

…it’s a wonderfully cool fall day to play fetch and search the yard for hidden treasures (maybe a mouse, mole or vole to dig up) there is no better place than home.

We love our back yard and are sure Sammy would enjoy visiting us here any time of the year.

sammy-forever

Even with this celebration for Sammy we are sad to report that today he crossed the rainbow bridge. He was in poor health and that is why Madi and Easy wanted to let him travel the world with this blog hop today. As many of you already know our dear friend Easy didn’t win his battle with bloat and crossed the rainbow bridge a few days ago. We know Easy and Sammy are having a great time meeting up with all their friends that have gone to the bridge before them.

rainbow - starling flock in back yard

Here is a beautiful fall rainbow from our back yard to share with all our rainbow friends and the Angel sisters that lived here before us.

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In addition to the pain from loosing Easy his pawrents have been left with a hefty vet bill that their insurance won’t cover. To help them donations are being accepted through PayPal. You can learn more about how you can help by visiting Murphy & Stanley’s blog. We made sure to get out our mom’s plastic card to send some money to Easy’s family.

It’s been a tough week in Blogville but we hope this tour of our back yard brought a smile to your face.

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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 have so much in bloom this time of year that we are just going to show you the trees and shrubs that are flowering this week.

It’s really looking rosy around here this time of year.

Old Fashioned Rugosa Rose with bee

Old Fashioned Rugosa Rose with bee

Yellow Knock Out Rose Bush

Yellow Knock Out Rose Bush

Yellow Knock Out Rose - closeup

Yellow Knock Out Rose – closeup

Therese Bugnet rose

Therese Bugnet rose

'Purple Pavement' rugosa rose

‘Purple Pavement’ rugosa rose

Last week we showed you one of our deutsia and this week we are showing a different form of that same shrub.

Deutsia shrub covered in flowers

Deutsia shrub covered in flowers

Deutsia Flowers

Deutsia Flowers

The next picture has a tree, shrub and a perennial. We love the color contrasts of all three next to each other.

Catmint, Japanese Maple, & Yellow Barberry

Catmint, Japanese Maple, & Yellow Barberry

Potentilla in bloom

Potentilla in bloom

Kousa Dogwood Tree

Kousa Dogwood Tree

Kousa Dogwood Blossoms

Kousa Dogwood Blossoms

Last but not least…

Spirea flowers

Spirea flowers

We have a lot of spirea around the yard and all of them are covered in these lovely pink flowers.

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 Jakey who is filling in for Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. We are way behind in showing what’s blooming in our yard so today we will get you caught up a bit. Of course we totally blame our secretary for the lack of service on our blog lately and apologize for not commenting much either. We want you all to know that we are still reading your blogs though.

Let’s get on with the show! Most of the flowers in today’s post are shrubs but we do have a few perennials blooming too.

Columbine - covered in cotton

Columbine – covered in cotton

The cotton has been flying from the trees for weeks. If you look closely at the columbine you can see some of the cottony seeds sticking to it.

Backyard border featuring our columnar beech tree

Backyard border featuring our columnar beech tree

One of the interesting things in our yard is the nice mix of foliage colors we have as seen above.

Deutsia with bug

Deutsia with bug

Red azalea blooms

Red azalea blooms

Pink rhododendron blooms

Pink rhododendron blooms

Doublefile viburnum with bee

Doublefile viburnum with bee

Variegated weigela with white flowers

Variegated weigela with white flowers

Japanese Maple with Yellow Barberry

Japanese Maple with Yellow Barberry

Snowball viburnum flowers

Snowball viburnum flowers

Deciduous azalea

Deciduous azalea

Variegated weigela with pink flowers

Variegated weigela with pink flowers

Perennial garden - from south east corner

Perennial garden – from south east corner

Now let’s take a look at what is blooming in our perennial garden.

Perennial geranium with light pink flower

Perennial geranium with light pink flower

Perennial geranium with dark pink flowers

Perennial geranium with dark pink flowers

Siberian iris

Siberian iris

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 Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. We are still a little slow going with our flowers but we will show you what we have. Our daffodils are finally blooming.

Yellow daffodil

White Peach daffodil

We have pink and white bleeding hearts that have started to bloom.

Bleeding Heart - pink

Bleeding Heart - white

As promised from our last Flower Friday our Fragrant Viburnum is in full bloom and giving the yard a wonderful smell.

Fragrant Viburnum

Our serviceberry is also in bloom and was host to our first Yellow Swallowtail butterfly of the season.

Yellow Swallowtail in Serviceberry

Here is another view of the serviceberry next to one of our showiest Japanese Maple trees in the spring. We just love how the leaves come out red and eventually will fade to green.

Japanese Maple Serviceberry

If you are wondering where Millie & Walter are they can usually be found hanging out in the shade of the Katsura tree. You might have to click on the image to make it bigger to see them.

Millie Walter - hanging out under Katsura tree

To finish here is one of our garden sculptures, a German Shepherd Dog, surrounded by geranium that will bloom later this spring.

GSD Sculpture in geranium

Well that is all we have to share for Flower Friday. Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

We are also joining the See Beautiful hop today too.

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Even without color fall leaves are beautiful.

Japonicum vitifolium leaves in autumn

Japonicum vitifolium leaves in autumn

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

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Hi everyone it’s Walter here. We sure have been enjoying a colorful fall around here.

Let me show you around the yard.

Let me show you around the yard.

Don’t forget that you can click on any image to see it bigger (I strongly suggest you start with the first picture…BOL).

First let me show you our Katsura tree that is in the middle of the yard.

Katasura tree in fall color

Katsura tree in fall color

Mom and dad say this is the best fall color we have ever seen on this tree in the 25 years they have been living here (boy that must make them older than dirt). Next up are a couple of Japanese maple trees.

Japanese maple trees in fall color on far left and right

Japanese maple trees in fall color on far left and right

Now let’s go in for a closer look at that tree on the left. It almost looks like it is on fire!

Japanese Maple Leaves

Japanese Maple Leaves

In the back of the yard one of the most colorful shrubs is just starting to turn color.

Doublefile Viburnum in fall color

Doublefile Viburnum in fall color

Here is the view from the back of the yard looking towards the house showing the Stewartia, Maple and Hickory trees.

Stuartia - Maple - Hickory trees (left to right)

Stewartia – Maple – Hickory trees
(left to right)

That Stewartia tree is a little one compared to the other two but it sure puts on a great display of color.

Stewartia Tree Leaves

Stewartia Tree Leaves

Last but not least our dad caught this shot of a beautiful rainbow over our backyard a couple of days ago.

Starling flock flies through a rainbow

Starling flock flies through a rainbow

Rainbows always make us think of our angel sisters and friends that are living on the other side of the Bridge.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at our fall colors.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at our fall colors.

It’s a good thing we got all those pictures because we had some big winds blow through yesterday that knocked most of the leaves off the trees.

Mom is very busy with more crafting projects (something about a wedding shower gift for her niece) and will be out of town later next week (for the shower). We haven’t been able to comment much but we have been reading all our friends blogs and commenting when we can.

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