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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Serene Scenery Sunday

Tail wags, readers!  I hope you're enjoying the weekend.  It's Stormy here, with Serene Scenery Sunday.  Today I'm featuring a bunch of pictures from our garden.  Mom was out weeding yesterday (and pup, was it exhausting watching her through the windows from the comfort of the house!) so I tasked her to take some photos for our blog post today.  With Kansas being what it is, we have to enjoy Spring flowers when we can, or a violent t-storm will damage them or a freeze will zap them all away!  So here's what's blooming now!

A stray Redbud bloom:

Redbud bud
Redbud bud 2
Editor's note:  The original picture was accidentally deleted; here are two new ones to replace it.

One of Mom's favorites, Lily of the Valley:

Lily of the Valley

Rumor has it, she carried some in her wedding bouquet!

Mohican Viburnum (a favorite among the Ao4!  Please click here to see why!):

Eskimo Viburnum


"Skidmore" Lilacs

We refer to those as "Skidmore" Lilacs, just because Mom got the little root from her friend Deb Skidmore.  Ha roo roo roo!  Those red flowers in the background are some Texas Quince.

A Yorktown Snow Flower Tree, courtesy of Aunt Janet:

Yorktown Snow Flower Tree

She sent it to us for Christmas and it had to spent the winter in the garage, until our ground thawed.  We're thrilled to see it thriving in our backyard garden now!

How about some Wine and Cheese?  That's what Mom often calls these, though they're Wine and Roses Weigela:


Here's a better look at some Texas Quince:

Texas Quince

Some Old Fashioned Lilacs:

Old Fashioned Lilacs

We have two more varieties of Lilacs - Miss Kim and some Dwarf Korean Lilacs, but they aren't doing anything yet.  These Old Fashioned ones are a deeper color than the Skidmores; the Miss Kim and the Koreans give us two more lilac colors.  I can't wait to show you when they bloom!

Snowball Viburnum - not white like snow yet, but they will be -- unless a Kansas storm rips them up:

Snowball Viburnum

(That's "storm" with a small "s"; I'd never do such a thing!)

And last, but not least, Eskimo Viburnum!

Eskimo Viburnum

Great name, don't you think?

I hope you enjoyed our garden tour!  Do you feel serene yet?

Tail wags,


  1. They really feel serene !
    Mom love all the flowers !!! How we wish we have spring here !
    We never had anything called the four season here , only some boring rain & shine !

    Lots of drool,
    Four Musketeers

  2. It all looks great! I forgot that you had a Quince. Very pretty.

  3. Very pretty garden! Your mom must work very hard to keep it so pretty! My mom grows weeds well - but they are not as pretty as your flowers!! ;)

    Luna and Sole'

  4. Do you have all those flowers in your garden?? Wow!
    All of them are beautiful!
    Yes, I feel so serene now!
    Have a great sunday!
    Kisses and hugs

  5. oh my, I feel very serene now.

    Thank youse so much for the garden tour. Please tell your Mum her flowers are lovely, it is worth just watching her weed to get such good views!!

    My J says some of your flowers are ahead of ours, and some are about the same ( I have no idea in my Marvin head what she is barking about but I will report to you faithfully what she says......;0D)

    Apparently our lilac is out now but what you call Snowball Viburnam, she calls a White Hydrangea, however, I also have to bark to you, she knows nothing about plants.....and is also shortsighted!

    Sorry I am late in commenting my Parents have been "doing things" and leaving me behind to guard the garden..........so soon I will know far much more about the garden than the little my Jeannie knows!

    lotsalicks, Marvin xxxxxxx

  6. Anonymous11:42 AM

    He Storm,
    That's a beautiful garden tour. Does your mom rent out? We could use a reliable gardener. We can give you a virtual tour of our garden, you'll just need to use your imagination. This is our chwed Virginia Dogwood (the State Flower) tree. This is the dead Pampass Grass, This is the stepped on Ivy. This is the dead Kentucky fescu. This is the ripped Azalea. This is the dead something else. This is the trampled whatevet, etc. Do you get the picture?
    - TBH

  7. WOW you sure have a beautiful garden!! Our favorite was the Lily of the Valley!

    Our mom is allergic to flowers so we don't have many in our yard.

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

  8. Woo! Mommy loved the pictures, she always likes to see what grows every where...she really liked that Yorktown Snow Flower Tree, she going to look into that one for here.
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  9. Thanks for spreading some serenity around today! Humom really enjoyed your mom's pics - especially the lily of the valley and lilacs. Those are two of her favorites too. But we liked the Eskimo & Snowball bushes the bestest!

    Woos & a-roos,
    Star & Jack a-roo

  10. Very pretty! We always enjoy al of your great pictures. Ommmmm....serenity now......Ommmmm

  11. Your mom's garden is very pretty and certainly feel serene! Enjoy your sun today!

  12. Your garden is beautiful! We don't have any flowers yet, but my Mom is keeping an eye out for her 18 year old Bleeding Heart to see if it makes it back this year. We hope so cuz our Aunty gave it to her that long ago. We will put up a pic if it comes.


  13. OMG, mom is really feeling serene! She is just loving all of your pretty flowers! She can't wait for our lilacs and lily-of-the-valley to bloom! Mom wants a quince in the worst way!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  14. Beautiful....that stray redbud is funny just sticking out the side like that. :)

  15. Beautiful! I am feeling totally serene now!


  16. I feel so serene I need to take a nap! My mum is jealous of your mum's pretty garden flowers.

    Huffle Mawson

  17. It's me again....just wanted to tell you how I got couch privileges. ;) Did you see the picture of me with my face turned around looking up at the camera...well, I was resting it on the couch and giving the sweet face. Start with that and then progress to putting your front paws up. When they tell you to get off walk away looking as sad and defeated as you can. Repeat these steps and in a couple of months you too shall have couch privileges. ;)

    Good luck!

  18. Very serene, Stormy. You have a beautiful garden - look at that assortment of flowers. Do you or the others ever taste them? Ha roooo.

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  19. Very beautiful flowers, thank you for sharing. =)

  20. Totally serene. Huh? Oh, responding to your post. Huh? Beautiful!!!! Love the lilacs, quince, lily of the valley (ohhhh - smells so good) and all the others - what gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs xo

  21. WOW! So many pretty flowers... We can't have flowers, Tahlia would just eat them :(
    Big licks to you

  22. We really like the Yorktown Snow Flower Tree too. But Momma is not very good at plants.

    Princess Eva

  23. That's some of the most scenic scenery I have seen:)

    Hope y'all are keepin well!


  24. Anonymous6:49 AM

    Beautiful...thanks for sharing the garden. We have white-flowering quince, and I sure would rather have your lovely orangy-red one! :-D

  25. What a beautiful post. You brought a little sunshine to our day. Another rainy dreary day in Texas..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  26. This is just what Mom needed on a Monday morning. She likes the Lily of the Valley best also!

  27. Very pretty. I was going to say that your mom is a really good gardener, but then I realized that the trick is all in the supervision. So really it's you that makes the garden so pretty!


  28. Anonymous2:03 PM

    WHOA! That redbud bloom is really cool!

  29. ah, very beautiful!!
    ~lickies, Ludo

  30. WOW.... LOVE YOUR Garden!!!!
    Thank you for sharing those flowers with us. DO your pups stay out of them?
    HappY Spring!!!

  31. Ah, that was such a beautiful post! I love flowers! :)


  32. You have beautiful flowers in your Kansas garden, Stormy. I especially like the lilacs-I'll bet they smell wonderful!