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FlowerFridayBlogHop 2016

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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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for Flower Friday.

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Last week I showed you all the daylilies we had in bloom so this week I will show you what else is blooming. (Don’t forget you can always click on an image to see a bigger view)

First up is a look at a portion of the north side of the yard.

North planting with ragusa rose and hydrangea in bloom

North planting with ragusa rose and hydrangea in bloom

Now let’s zoom in on the flowers in the above picture. First up is the ragusa rose that is putting on a great show for its second bloom of the summer.

Ragusa roses

Ragusa roses

The hydrangea are just buzzing with every kind of bee and butterfly you can think of.

Hydrangea flowers with a little pink

Hydrangea flowers with a little pink

Next up is a favorite of our hummingbirds.

Red crocosmia

Red crocosmia

Yellow Crocosmia

Yellow Crocosmia

The roseanne geranium are just starting to bloom.

Roseanne geranium

Roseanne geranium

Here are some of the other flowers in the perennial garden.

Purple clematis flowers

Purple clematis flowers

Pink cone flowers

Pink cone flowers

Joe-pye weed

Joe-pye weed

I’m also joining Sugar’s {This Moment} See Beautiful blog hop.

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I hope you enjoyed checking out what’s in bloom in the garden. Next week we will check out some of the critters that use the flowers.

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Hi everyone it’s Millie & Walter here.

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We are joining the {This Moment} See Beautiful blog hop this month hosted by Sugar. As you saw earlier this week Millie loves being out in the snow. Even though many people and pups don’t enjoy the snow much we both really love playing and being together in it. Here are a few more pictures from a recent romp in our deep snow. We think snow play is beautiful.

By the way our secretary forgot to tell you that the pictures of Millie from our previous post and all the pictures in this post were taken by our dad, Charlie. Don’t forget if you want to see a larger version of the image just click on it. Enjoy the show!

We start out on our feet

Wrestling action up high

Diving into the snow

Diving into the snow

Millie starts to dominate

Millie starts to dominate

The hold down position

The hold down position

Stay down Walter!

Stay down Walter!

Get off me Millie!

Get off me Millie!

Back to the high level action

Back to the high level action

It's your turn to go down Millie

It’s your turn to go down Millie

You can't hold down Millie for long

You can’t hold down Millie for long

The tables turn and Millie goes in for the take down

The tables turn and Millie goes in for another take down

You can't keep me down for long Walter

You can’t keep me down for long Walter

Take that!

Take that!

Hey Millie...I can't breathe!

Hey Millie…I can’t breathe!

The End!

The End!

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Today we are joining Sugar in her {This Moment} See Beautiful blog hop. Today’s hop is dedicated to Goose and his mom Michelle. Goose recently had a medical scare that cost a lot of money. For every blog participant that joins Sugar today she is donating to Goose’s Health fund.

So sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy my flower show.

Pink Bleeding Heart

Pink Bleeding Heart

White Bleeding Heart

White Bleeding Heart

Blue Siberian Iris

Blue Siberian Iris

Ragusa Rose

Ragusa Rose

Perennial Geranium

Perennial Geranium

Pink Perennial Geranium

Pink Perennial Geranium

Deciduous Azalea

Deciduous Azalea

Deutzia Flowers

Deutzia Flowers

Variegated Weigela

Variegated Weigela

Miss Kim Lilac

Miss Kim Lilac

Double File Viburnum

Double File Viburnum

Snowball Viburnum

Snowball Viburnum

Pink Azalea

Pink Azalea

Fuschia Azalea and Pots on Patio

Fuschia Azalea and Pots on Patio

Dwarf Blueberry

Dwarf Blueberry

Barberry Flowers

Barberry Flowers

I hope you enjoyed this walk around our garden. These pictures were taken within the past few weeks.

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Today I am participating in the {This Moment} See Beautiful blog hop hosted by Sugar. The purpose of the blog hop is to remind us to stop and see beautiful all around you each and every day.

I love this time of year when the yard starts coming alive. The first things to appear are the bulbs we have planted.

daffodil - dark yellow center

We have never had much luck with tulips so we have planted plenty of daffodils. I don’t know the names of any of these, but here is a sampling of our daffodils.

This daffodil is described as having a green center.

This daffodil is described as having a green center.

daffodil - peach center

The ruffled peach center is so pretty

The ruffled peach center is so pretty

daffodil - yellow with dark yellow center

This daffodil has three blossoms on each stalk

This daffodil has three blossoms on each stalk

A few shrubs and trees are in bloom also.

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The service berry tree on the right has so many flowers on it it almost glows.

spirea - white flowers

And these spirea are the first to bloom with cascades of white flowers.

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The service berry bushes are just about to open up in this picture that I took about a week ago and are now in full bloom.

yard shot - with 2 pups playing

The grass has greened up and filled in great and the dogs are enjoying their beautiful yard to play and explore in.

I hope you have enjoyed {This Moment} to See Beautiful.

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Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to wish Millie a happy first birthday and help us raise money for The Fast and the Furriest fundraiser for Rochester Animal Services. We will make a $1 donation  for each comment tomorrow. Please only one comment per household.

Thanks to all our friends that have already donated. Why not help make Millie’s big day even more special by making a donation to our walk. I recently realized that the online donation system requires a minimum of a $10 donation. I know that this may be more than some would like to contribute so if you would like to make a smaller donation just let me know in the comments and I will email you with details of how you can do it. Thanks for your support.

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Today I am participating in the {This Moment} See Beautiful blog hop hosted by Sugar. The purpose of the blog hop is to remind us to stop and see beautiful all around you each and every day.

There is a bonus to today’s blog hop too. To quote Sugar, “Today is very special as we are supporting, St Annes’s Center The Lantern House: Pet Area, See Beautiful’s non-profit of the month. The Lantern House: Pet Area is very dear to Goose and his mom’s heart. We are delighted to donate $1 (max $100) to everyone joining our hop today.”

The beauty I am sharing today is that of our dear angel Nina. She gave Charlie and I many years of happiness and love and has left a hole in our hearts. She was a special girl that we wanted to remember for years to come.

March 1998 - September 2012

Nina: March 1998 – September 2012

It’s difficult to surprise Charlie for Christmas, but this year I think I finally did it. The above picture of Nina is our favorite of all time and after Nina was gone Charlie kept saying that we have to get it printed so we can display it. Well I went one step further and commissioned Kathleen Coy to paint Nina’s portrait from that picture.

I have been a big fan of her work for a long time.  The first time I remember seeing her work was the gift to Maxmom from her friends in Blogville of a portrait of her beloved Maxdog. She also painted a portrait of the beautiful K as a surprise to KB of Romping and Rolling in the Rockies. I just knew that Kathleen would do a fantastic job for Nina too and I wasn’t disappointed.

Nina Portrait by Kathleen Coy

Nina Portrait by Kathleen Coy

It arrived earlier this week and was immediately placed in the living/listening room where Charlies’ stereo is. It is centered on the book-case to the right and when he is listening to music she is right there looking over him.

Nina portrait in living room

To say Charlie was surprised would be an understatement. There is something very special in how the painting reflects Nina’s character especially through her eyes. We will probably have it framed at some point, but for now Charlie has it propped so it stands on its own.

Nina portrait on bookcase

We both love how it looks against the cherry wood furniture.

During the process of painting Nina’s portrait Kathleen sent me pictures of her progress. It was difficult to keep this a secret from Charlie and I had to be careful when opening one of Kathleen’s emails so Charlie didn’t see any of the pictures she sent. I put the pictures together in a short video for you to enjoy.

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

I can’t thank Kathleen enough for the Beautiful portrait of our beloved Angel Nina.

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