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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Garden Peeping Again

Hi! Thanks to everyone who visited my etsy shop and especially to friends who found a few treasures! It was definitely time to ''clean house'' and I'm looking forward to new things.
Now back to our regularly schedules program:
I've reached a plateau in my ongoing recuperation it seems.  I am trying so hard---I now walk Mo twice a day, and some days three times, totaling about 2 - 2.5 miles. The first walk of the day is very difficult; I suppose muscles and nerves relax overnight. Unfortunately this is Mo's favorite time for his longest walk and as I said, it has been a challenge. But that doesn't stop us from our fav snoopy habit, garden peeking! Or peeping!

June begins with lovely rhododendron blooms and iris.

Yellow seems to be the favorite color iris here. Classic bearded iris, like we used to dig up in old farmyards in Illinois.

And elegant yellow flags, Japanese iris.

This is cotoneaster in bloom. One of my favorite low shrubs/ ground covers. I love the dark leaves and shiny red berries that will show up in the fall. My dad used it extensively at Christmas, along with holly, for traditional red and green live cuttings/ decorations.

Peonies, so delicate, petals the like finest silk.

And cheerful sweet scented pinks, under an old crabapple tree.

Then the snake wort blooms. It's invasive and ugly, but oh these shades of blue.

And short lived but so sweet, lily of the valley, in a neighbor's yard.

As June progresses, the masses of roses burst into bloom. Roses love ocean air and grow profusely everywhere, both wild and cultivated.

The lilies are growing fast, for early July bloom.

Here's a deep red-rust Asiatic lily, an early bloomer.

This is an area Mo and I enjoy. There are grassy plots to cool off his little feet. And sprinklers!

Then other days we go as far as the private alley to the beach.

It's perking up and getting prettier every day.

Mo is a shade hog. He finds any patch of coolness. Today was really too hot for him. I had to spray his tummy and feet with cool water. He was indignant but cooler.

Because yes, the weather finally changed! One day 50* , the next almost 90*. Quite a shock to our cold weather bodies.

Mo is for some reason very interested in these sweet old fashioned columbines. He never passes them without a sniff-sniff.

Evenings we often visit our beach bench to watch the sunset. Pretty planters at the the beach access ramp, from our civic association.

Hope your week is good!



gone to the beach...

PS There's still some fun Dollar Days items in my etsy shop, see previous post!  I need to scrounge up $$$ to have Dotty quilted, so check things out, make me an offer.


  1. Our Cotoneaster s are red and grow into enormous trees. The seeds are spread by the birds and they are now a noxious weed. I was so happy when our neighbour finally cut his down. The alley way looks lovely with the flowers.

  2. I enjoy my "walks" with you and Mo, albeit, through the ether. Flowers are truly one of God's great creations.

    1. Flowers truly are an amazing gift.

  3. I love that private garden walk. So nice to be able to wander down. So happy that the weather has turned nice for you. We got 3 inches of rain yesterday but today it is sunny and will be warm. Good. I have more flowers to pot up. Have a good one! Kit

  4. Oh my stars! It doesn't get any prettier, does it. Such beautiful colors on display. Not sure I've ever seen yellow Japanese Iris. Also new to me, the columbine, and the snake wort. It warms my heart to see the Lilly of the Valley, and the peonies.

    How cute to put pots of flowers out at the beach access ramps. Great idea.

    Well, you've certainly come a long way from where you were a year ago. Wishing you strength, and stamina, and less aches and pains.

    I didn't want to be a hog, but if some of the other sachets aren't sold in a couple of weeks, You may find me buying some more.

    Great post, thanks


    1. Hi Kel! I m glad you enjoyed your walk with us. I too love old fashioned flowers.

      Sent you a separate message earlier about etsy items. Anything not sold goes to the thrift shop, so please feel free. If you email me ahead of any further orders I ll adjust the postage before you check out. But no pressure...

  5. Love all your photos of the beautiful flowers they are all my favorites. Always enjoy your walks with Mo!

    1. Hi Cathy, I m glad you enjoy our walks!

  6. I love when you take us garden peeping! I wonder what Mo likes about the columbines? I love them, I think even their foliage is pretty. It's so funny how different the season is there - our iris and peonies are long gone already here. It was about 90 today here, too, but it rained really hard in the wee hours so it was also VERY muggy!! UGH!

    Don't get discouraged, you can walk SO MUCH further than last year! I hope you continue to get better, too.

    Take care!

  7. ANd I am thrilled you are upright and walking! You have to listen to your body.
    Love taking a walk in your neighborhood! We are a zone 5 and I am enjoying everyone's peonies and my lupine. My rugosa's and mock orange are blooming too!

    1. Lupine and wild roses, how gorgeous!

  8. Thanks for taking us along on the garden peeping (exploring!)! Pugs seem to be more inquisitive than other breeds ... at least more inquisitive than a certain border collie cross I know.



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