What a weekend! I'll start with yesterday, Sunday. The farm boys, Dayle, Travis and the boys were all working away and Kristi was in peak gardener mode. I was called on for questions on what I wanted chopped off where and all. :-) While I was advising I was also photographing. I promised you a photo of my very favorite of our Rhododendrons.. here it is. I mean.. look at that color! It's my fave color of all.
This one has the most interesting budding look..
Which opens up to look like this!
Kristi spent an hour hand clipping on this bush and that's when I told her I didn't like it and wanted to open up the garden there, so she texted Travis.. bring the chainsaw.. and it took him 2 minutes to cut it all down to 1 foot tall.
The pink Rosebud Azalea is almost at it's prime bloom. :-)
Behind it to the right is a red-orange Mandarin Honeysuckle that I planted several years back.. it's getting riotous!
The first to open up.
My variegated dwarf Bamboo had gotten quite bold and was growing beyond the footprint I'd envisioned so Kristi has chopped it to the ground all around it.. now to see what it does next. :-)
The Bloomerang Lilac is in full flower.. I love it!
The flowers are beginning to bloom in our big hanging baskets.
The orange azalea is continuing to stun every day.
The Siberian Irises are starting to bloom, there will be a lot of them!
I love how simple and wild they look.
And the beautiful throat of them.
Dayle started the burn pile yesterday.. his trusty assistants in attendance.
It got up to 85 deg. F yesterday and more irises popped out in bloom before our very eyes.
On Saturday I attended the Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference in Wilsonville, OR. A snap of our President General, Ann Dillon, giving her speech to us. She travelled from Washington DC to attend our conference. I was charmed to hear how funny she was at the beginning of her message to us.
This isn't the best image as I was sitting near the back of the large room.
Then the Oregon State DAR Chorus sang and were joined by the Intel Singers - the chorus leader works at Intel and she organized a group that sings together during their lunch hour. They sang a version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
Portland Chapter and Associates pose for a photo with our Regent, Diane, the State Regent Alice and President General Ms. Dillon. I'm 3rd from the left and my sister Roberta is 3rd from the right. To learn more about DAR, click HERE.
Dayle and I went to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant, Dragon Palace, and when we exited I was charmed to see it was lit up beautifully and the colors changed as I stood there snapping away, from red, to blue to green to purple and yellow and orange, it was pretty neat! And their prawns with honey walnuts is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!
I'm so happy that the warm weather has returned.. I've got some tidying to do around here for a visit in two weeks by my cousins Nancy and Melanie from Oklahoma and their two husbands. They have never been here and I'm excited to show them around. OK.. off to go swimming soon. I wish for you a lovely week. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)