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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. There is always something new blooming in our yard now. I like to call this our white and purple/blue phase. Let’s start with the trees and shrubs that are blooming now. (Don’t forget to click on the images to see a bigger version.)

Stewartia tree flower

Hydrangea Paniculata

Hydrangea Arborescens

Lil’ Kim® Violet Althea

The althea (or rose of sharon) looks more pink than violet so it is the only exception to the color theme. Moving on to the perennials. I know I’ve shown you our clematis already but here are some more shots.

Etiole Violette clematis

I just love how the flowers cover the top of the trellis in deep purple blooms. Here are a couple of close ups of the flowers.

Etiole Violette clematis

Etiole Violette clematis

Blue Agastache

The agastache is a favorite of the hummingbirds. Next up are a couple of the hosta that are blooming. We have so many different varieties that we have forgotten what they are.

White Hosta

These hosta flowers have a bit more purple than the others.

Last but not least is one of the new additions to our perennial garden.

Purple Rooster Monarda

We chose this variety of monarda for its mildew resistance and so far it is holding up well. We’ve seen lots of bees, and some butterflies using them and even the hummingbirds go to them.

I hope you enjoyed this stroll around the garden today.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. There is always something new blooming in our yard so here are a few of the flowers we are enjoying right now. This first one I showed you when it was just starting to open but now it is more open and looks so pretty.

pink veronica - lr

Pink Veronica

Amsonia

Amsonia and Ladies Mantle

Purple clematis
(if you enlarge the image you can see a tiny visitor above the center of the flower)

I’ve been having fun with my new camera and tried out the panorama feature on it. I didn’t have a wide angle lens on but was still happy with how the panorama turned out and was amazed at how there are no distortions in it. Here is a view of the east side of the perennial garden.

Perennial garden from the east side
(You can click on the picture to see a bigger image)

We have also started to see many butterflies moving around the garden. They are a bit difficult to catch with the camera since they move so fast and are never predictable in their movements. Here are a couple we found this week.

White Admiral Butterfly

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

I hope you enjoyed this stroll around our yard.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We want to celebrate the first day of summer by showing some of the beautiful flowers in our yard. Remember you can click on any of the images to see a bigger view.

Campanula – Clustered Bellflower

Burgundy Daylily

Campanula Blue Waterfall

Climbing Hydrangea flower

Rugosa Rose and a couple of friends

Goatsbeard

Pink Veronica

Agastache

Pink perennial geranium

We hope you enjoyed this stroll through our yard.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Spring is a beautiful time in our yard so we wanted to show you a few of the things that are blooming.

Columbine – Aquilegia

Miss Kim Lilac

North east corner – Deutzia, Azalea, Rhododendron

Deutzia

Red Azalea

Pink Rhododendron

Double File Viburnum

Deciduous Azalea

We hope you enjoyed this stroll through our yard.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. While moving all my files from one computer to another I discovered a picture that took me back over a decade ago.  A young Angel Nina was hanging out in the yard while helping Charlie do some gardening.

Many of the plants towards the front of the planting were just put in the ground during that spring of 2005. The small tree in the middle with the red leaves is a Japanese Maple. In front of the maple tree to the right and left are a couple of evergreen shrubs.

Here is the same Japanese Maple and evergreen shrubs about 11 years later. Some of the shrubs that are in the top picture were moved as the tree and other shrubs grew and crowded them out. You never know how a planting will turn out when it first goes in the ground. It’s always fun to stumble on a picture of what our yard looked like when a planting was first done to remind us of how it once looked. Gardening definitely takes patience to wait for the final outcome.

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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. 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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