I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, August 14, 2015

Garden Peeping and the Plastic Goose Family has Big News!

Hi everyone! Another weekend is upon us. Why don't the weeks fly by like this in, say, April? Mo and I have shortened our walks due to the hot weather but we still enjoy our garden walks each day. Put on your sun hat, come with us! It'll be fun.

I'll tell you the Gooses' exciting news first in case you're bored by garden walks [but not, of course, by the lives of Lawn Geese, lol.] Nope they don't have new clothes, too bad.
They have a BABY!

Isn't that sweet. I try to imagine what she represents: The owners are the graduate and baseball player, and they have a new human baby? Or, more likely, a new grandchild? Or it's simply a misguided gift from the lawn goose catalog. We'll never know, I guess.

After we see the geese we walk by the koi pond. Sadly, for me, the koi are now hidden by the water plants which have massively proliferated.

I suppose it's cool and shady and delicious under the hyacinths, but only rarely do I catch a glimpse of a koi.

The secret beach alley is always so quiet and pretty.

Other places we enjoy...

Hydrangeas---too sunny and dry this years for a great crop, and no blues. These are old fashioned cone shaped hydrangeas.

These are lace caps, last summer they were deepest inky blue.

My friend who wanted a tropical garden is having great success. He is so proud.

He weeded out some of the earlier small colorful bedding plants I put in, like mini petunias and earlier, daffodils.

Their herb planter.

He left the sunflowers we planted. Hugely tall, 12 feet!? ''Dinner plate'' sunflowers, also known as Russian Giants.

My own sunflower, a transplant from thinning the seeded plants in June.

 Bumblebee bum---in my striped mini petunias. Good to see a bee of any sort, there's been very few. Though this year we do have an abundance of butterflies which is quite lovely. They add so much charm and movement to a garden, I think.

Evenings, when we take our longest walks, are coming earlier, the sunsets richly colored now with a hint, just a tiny hint---of pumpkins and October nights.

see the gazebo top, in a bit from the right?
And two tiny dots to the right of that, traffic lights far away?
Long ago, right in that exact spot,
we could see the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center,
glowing gold in the setting sun.

Have a great weekend. Savor each moment. Soon we'll be wearing our woolies and mittens and scarves. Too soon.


gone to the beach................


  1. What beautiful pictures...yes, we'll be wearing our woolies soon enough. My Mom used to work in one of the towers. I'd been up there many times....loved your picture but once again made me so sad......

  2. Loved the walk and esp love the secret lane.

  3. I'm a little shocked - baby goose is NAKED! LOL.

    Love your garden peek walks. Oh, my, those sunflowers really towered over the fence! That might be a little creepy if you walked in the dark, lol, with those looming over you. All the flowers are so pretty, and your friend's tropical garden looks great. I spy Cannas?, and elephant ear, and daylilies, and coleus?

    Too bad you can't see the koi, but I bet they're glad for the shade.

    I don't think I've ever seen the old-fashioned cone-shaped hydrangeas. I've always like the name of the lace-caps, but I don't think the blooms live up to the name, do you?

    I love that picture of the waves - third picture from the end. Such variations in the water colors! Nice shot!

    Have a good weekend and thanks for sharing your walk!

  4. Ahhhahah...a new baby! That's pretty funny. I wonder if it was a gift and they HAD to display it. Look forward to seeing what they dress him/her in.

    I love your beach alley photos, the flowers, and the fence make for great pics. Your sunflower is perfect! I remember when you were helping your friend put in their tropical garden and you had your doubts whether or not it would thrive...well, no need to worry now it looks like.

    The water, and the sunset photos are beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing, hope you had a great weekend and did lots of fun things to tell us about in your next post.


    1. I had the same thought about the new goose, a gift gone wrong. But a baby seemed cuter.

      How did your kitty do at the event?

    2. They hid under their blanket the WHOLE time! Also, so many other younger kitties there that tend to be more appealing to people. We have skipped two weekends of showings because they got Giardia (an intestinal parasite) that needed to be cleared up :( Keep sending positive thoughts our way!! -Kel


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