Monday, July 15, 2013

Enjoying the Summer Garden

We have had a nice easy going weekend.. I wandered around the garden last evening and saw that my purple Astilbe is starting to fluff out.  I adore this plant.. another hardy "girl" that comes back each year, better than the last.  So far hubby hasn't pulled it up when weeding. :-)
They look fluffy until you look real close and see individual florets.  Such a pretty color! 
One of the geraniums Dayle wintered over in the basement -- it's a unique color. 
He also wintered over two begonias and this one is finally in bloom, isn't it just amazing? 
My sister Denise texted me when she was shopping and showed me a photo of the coolest hydrangea... a Shooting Star variety.  I'd been looking for a white hydrangea so I asked her to grab one for me.  Isn't this pretty?  I'm going to plant it behind my normal hydrangea.   
Look close at the star.. doesn't it look like a fake white poinsettia? 
There are new buds on the 4th of July rose - here is one of the 2 that are in bloom.  I'll never get tired of this rose which looks like fireworks exploding in the sky. 
Now there are 3 flowers on the hydrangea.. the colors of lavender, creamy white and lime green inspire me to use them in a crochet project.   
Filtered sunshine over the creek, falls and pond. 
Fuchsia and garden statue..  
Our $3.50 koi are getting really big.. don't tell the Blue Herons. 
I saw a bunch of movement out in the creek yesterday, which is why I grabbed my camera to see if I could get a shot of a huge flock of birds that were bathing in the water.   
As calm as the weekend was, this day has begun with a lot to accomplish.  I head off soon to take Buddy to the groomer, then on to my swim workout for an hour.  Then hopefully pick up the dog on my way home, then I'm off to lead a board meeting of the Friends of Multnomah Falls.  Tomorrow.. my daughter and two granddaughters arrive near midnight.  Woohoo!  Enjoy your summer week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

25 comments:

  1. Mrs. Teresa,
    Your koi are beautiful! I bet spending time relaxing watching them swim is a wonderful way to wind down for the evening.

    That Shooting star is gorgeous!!!! I have no luck growing them. Every one I have ever planted died!!

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  2. Beautiful flowers Teresa! I am so excited for you to have your girls home!!
    xo Kris

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  3. Beautiful as always! You have to tell me your magic secret for such a gorgeous garden!
    I know you are counting down the minutes until your daughter and grand babies arrive.....Wonderful times lie ahead I'm sure!
    Hugs, ♥ Shari!

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  4. Hi Teresa everything in your garden is looking 'rosy'. Have a wonderful week. Hugs Anne x

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  5. Tomorrow is a big day, I can only imagine the hugs that are going to be passed around. Have fun with all your girls.
    Meredith

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  6. Your flowers are so lovely. The Astilbe, I'm glad you showed that, I have a pink one and couldn't remember it's name. In fact my daughter asked me just the other day what the plant was called and I told her I had no clue. You are right, it does come back every year, when someone isn't trying to pull it up. I bet you are getting excited to see your granddaughters. Hope they have a safe trip and many happy days to visit you.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

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  7. Thanks for your invite to visit ... I will be right there... Have the best time with your daughter xxxx

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  8. Oh, have a wonderful time with your daughter and granddaughters! What a special time for you. The garden is just outrageous. Everything looks so gorgeous and healthy! Those koi are amazing, I can't believe how robust they are. Your garden must agree with them. :)

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  9. Your pond and koi and flowers are beauties. The shooting star hydrangea really resembles its name.

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  10. Garden, Flower and Fish beautiful today. Love that strange hydranga, too cool.

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  11. Loved the morning tour of your beautiful garden Teresa.

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  12. Loved the morning tour of your beautiful garden Teresa. That white hydrangea really does look amazing- like you said, almost artificial looking. I hope Buddy enjoys his trip to the groomer and of course I know you're going to love having your family visit. Enjoy !!!

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  13. I ADORE your pond with the falls and statue. Just beautiful.

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  14. What a beautiful post. That white shooting star flower is amazing. XOXO

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  15. Teresa, your new gazebo is great! Looks like y'all are giving it a workout too! How fun! Beautiful.

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  16. Love the new white hydrangea--I believe I've seen them before and was taken with their beauty! Awesome shade garden--looks most peaceful!
    Enjoy tomorrow--especially around midnight:)
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  17. Wow those Koi are getting big! You'll have to extend that beautiful pond to accommodate them if they keep growing like that. :-) Love all the flowers too. That Shooting Star totally looks fake. Beautiful plant!

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  18. Love, love, love that white hydrangea. It is absolutely beautiful. I'm so excited for your visit with your "girls". Enjoy them and smother them with love.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  19. hi Teresa,That shooting star hydrangea is just so amazing!!!It the white is sooooo white!!!It looks as though it's made from very fancy scrapbook paper!!!Just beautiful!!!And so is the rest of your garden!!!!Have a cool and happy week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  20. Oh, So Pretty! Your yard looks so peaceful! I neve rsaw a hydrangea like that. How unusual!

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  21. Gosh Teresa that white hydrangea is fab...it really does look like a poinsettia..amazing flowers. Your garden is looking beautiful and the fish are getting so big. You must be so excitied to see your girls so soon...enjoy x

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  22. That hydrangea is amazing! So love your garden...

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  23. The shooting star hydrangea is so unique, Teresa, and a wonderful addition to your lovely garden! Thanks for the walkabout your place. We went to Blue Lake yesterday. I need to look through my photos and see if I have some to share on line :-) Hugs to you and yours. [I am woohooing with you :-)] Gracie

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  24. Simply beautiful Teresa ♥

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  25. I've never seen that kind of hydrangea, Teresa. How neat! My hydrangeas are sagging because of this terrible heat. I'm rather alarmed. I think I have to go out early tomorrow morning and give them a good soaking.

    xo
    Claudia

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