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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Serene Scenery Sunday

Woo everypup and everycat! It's me, Dave, bringing you this week's installment of Serene Scenery Sunday! Before I get started, my kid brother asked if he could say a few words. Without further a-woo, here's Zim:


Hey, pups and cool cats! I just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by and wishing me a Happy Zimaversary yesterday! I loved hearing from all of you! I was really touched that my bestest friend Huffle posted about my special day on her blog yesterday! Thanks, Huffs! And a special thanks to your kit-cat friends for stopping by! It was a pleasure to hear from each and every one of you!

OK, thanks, Dave! Back to you!

My pleasure, Zim. On to Serene Scenery Sunday!

Let's start with something that makes me feel very serene - a play session in the yard!

Dave in the garden
Me in the yard

Can you feel my serenity? Woo!

Lots of you expressed sympathy for the storm damage we suffered last weekend. We really appreciate that; fortunately the only thing we totally lost was the Smoke Tree, and there's a chance that will come back. The other trees with limb damage are doing great, and as you can see from the shot above, we still have lots of foliage!

You might also notice the upside-down tomatoes hanging on the deck. They aren't really producing. One variety was just about dead and obviously wasn't the right variety to grow upside-down. The other variety looked healthy enough that Mom didn't want to give it the heave-ho.... but she did replace that other one. "With what?" you might ask. Check it out:

Let's try these...
Husky Red Cherry Tomato plant

Yep. Husky Red. Just like Ammy and Zim recommended long ago. Hmm. Mom planted one in the upside-down thingie and one in a pot, as an experiment. The day after, as she was doing the watering, she noticed this on the older, existing plant:


I think it felt threatened. Ha woo!

Mom and I moved onto the middle tier for some more Wubba action.

Dave in the garden

You can see lots of our cool plants there! In the foreground are some Magic Carpet Spirea; behind them, sort of in front of me, are some Fountain Grasses. Down below are the Crape Myrtle and the three White Rose of Sharon. Want a close up of those?

Rose of Sharon bloom

Isn't it nice? White is one of Mom's favorite colors. Here's a look at the other Rose of Sharon bush:

Rose of Sharon blooms

Aren't those blooms pretty? I love the colors. Speaking of colors, that bush gets a couple different colored blooms! Check it out:

Rose of Sharon Blooms

Lavender and pink!

But anyway, I wasn't really looking at the plants in that photo above. Do you know what I was looking at? A RABBIT! In OUR yard! I dropped the Wubba and ran down there. Instead of the rabbit turning around and running two feet and slipping under the fence right there, he had to lead me on a chase through the whole garden!

We ran and ran, and I finally chased him under the fence up at the top of the yard. (Mom seemed glad the rabbit got away; can you believe that?!?)

Dave in the garden
And don't come back!

I'm sure I taught him a lesson.

Sorry... I guess I better get serene again...

Mom got caught up in our excitement and didn't take pix of our chase, but here are some other "critters" we saw out there. Here's a little sparrow:


I think he was having a snack. I wonder what it was? Maybe something from the neighbors' feeder... or maybe a bug. Speaking of bugs, here's a well-camouflaged butterfly:

Butterfly on Wine and Roses Weigela

Can you see him there in the center? (Any of these pictures can be clicked and viewed in our FlickR album.) He's perched on top of one of our Wine and Roses Weigela.

Let's finish out with something that will all make us feel serene - a beautiful, colorful sunset:

15 JUL 09 sunset

Mom and I admired that off the upper deck of Ao4 HQs. Isn't it stunning? I love the yellows and oranges and reds and black.... !

Have a serene Sunday!



  1. Mmmmm...I love tomatoes and sometimes steal them! Glad you got that rabbit out of your yard. Next time you might just have to catch it to teach it a lesson! Do you all play separately in the yard? I usually see photos of just one of you having a play session and was curious.
    Love and hugs,

  2. How do you humans manage to keep such a beautiful garden with huskies around?

  3. How beautiful! That is a very serene sunset. I do wish your mom had managed to film the Great Rabbit Chase! That would've been sweet. Totally!

  4. Woo, so many beawootiful pictures, once again! Husky red tomatoes? Ha-wqoo, I think we need to grow some of those, too! They must be the yummiest!

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

  5. That last photo is gorgeous!! Glad the yard is not too barren after the storm, our storm season is supposed to be right now but its been too hot! Glad you had fun in the yard, we are crossing paws for your tomatoes.

  6. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww....
    What a great post dear Dave!!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us all these wonderful serene scenery....
    we feel sooooooooooooo relaxed now!!!
    Sure you live in a great place and your home looks very very very beautiful....Mommy loves your garden...we're building our garden and we're taking some ideas from your!!!
    We have 2 tomatoes plants (Goldie tomatoes!!!!!)like yours and we LOVE the rose of Sharon!!!!
    And you look sooooooooooooooo happy playing in the yard with your toys!!!
    can we play with you????
    Pleaseeeeee....tell to your mommy that we will not destroy her garden!!!!!
    ANd we really LOVE the last picture!!!
    The sunset looks GORGEOUS.....
    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww.....why we live so far?????
    Have a great sunday dear friends!!!
    WE love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!
    Sweet kisses and licks!!!!

  7. Did you have a nice Zimiversary? We had treats in your honor (both cats and humans). Thanks alot to you.

    Love Kari and the Cats.

  8. We couldn't see the sunset photo but we enjoyed the others.

    We're glad we didn't miss your day,Zim. We try hard but miss a lot of special days around the blogs.

    A serene Sunday to you too.

  9. I guess its hard to be serene and chase a rabbit at the same time. Glad you could get back into serenity though!

    I was barking today and my Mom said its a parade. She was going to take me there, but after lots of barking, she changed her mind.

    If you can't bark at drummers, tubas and marchers, well, what can you bark at!


  10. From the opening with an adorable picture of Zim to Dave's actions shots then the lovely flowers and bird and hidden butterflies and ending with the gorgeous sunset - fabulous Serene Sunday post!

  11. Oh first can I say that sunset is so beautiful. Mum has got a love of sunsets. You have a very lovely garden for doing zoomies in. That little sparrow is what we have a lot of over here..

    Loved your post.

    Hugs GJ xx

  12. Woo all is soooo great at the scenery stuff!! Thank woo to all the pups for the great tour of the flowers and for doing good on the rabbit patrol!!!

    Sorry that I missed Zim's day yesterday!!! I wuv woo Zim!!


  13. WOW!

    What an akhtion pakhked post!

    Tank woo fur sharing all of it with us!

    PeeEssWoo: ZIM: HM reminded me how fitting it was Rebel khame north to a happy UNCHAINED life on your ZimAversary!!!

  14. Wooo! Wegrew Husky Tomatoes too, they did very well, but tomato season is over here until the fall. I loved all of those stunning photos, great action shots too. I hope next time you get that pesky rabbit...I mean, well you know...
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  15. Hi, Dave!
    Good job making the rabbit go away!
    I hope you can enjoy yummy tomatoes soon!
    That sunset is beautiful!
    Kisses and hugs

  16. Anonymous4:35 PM

    Wow! That white rose of sharon is beautiful!! And YEAH on the Husky Tomato! Our Siberian Tomatoes are blooming... so we hope soon :)

    P.S. The photo of Zim is dreamy!

  17. Hi Dave,

    These are beautiful photo's.

    Your garden is so lovely.

    Holly & Zac...XX

  18. Happy serene Sunday everypup! And I'm glad my bestest friend Zimmie had a good gotcha day. How could I not mention him on my blog?

    Huffle Mawson

  19. We were feeling serene all through your post but the sunset is the clincher! It's just magnificent!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  20. Hi Dave! Thanks for sharing the pics, mommy luv the flowers and sky pics and i like the sparrow one! Your garden's soo beautiful and colorful! You guys must be soo happy!You tell it to those rabbits!!And to Zim, hope you Zimaversary was loads of fun!!


  21. It looks like you had a wonderful day! It's been to hot to go outside here, so I'm not sure what our yard looks like today!



  22. We love visiting you on Sunday - such serenity. That sunset is so spectacular. Too back about the rabbit, maybe next time.

    We got to go for a walk today and we had ice cream cones - double scoops.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  23. That was very serene! Loved the sunset pic, but my favorite pic is the one of you and the WUBBA!!! Husky Red Tomatoes? Your mom should have planted those in the first place! :)


  24. Yeah, how do the humans keep such a pretty garden and yard with four sibes around. The world wonders.
    - TBH&K

  25. Wowww....
    Nice to meet you 4.
    You have very very nice yard!!!
    Everything is so sunny and beautiful!

  26. Looks like a fabulous day of fun, and serenity all in one!!

    I think Dave did a great job chasing away the bunnies! They harass Khady all the time!

    Beautiful sunset!!!


  27. wow nice sunset.. wooks like woo had funs playin' in the yard... mama says tomatoes are good.. I never had them
    High Five

  28. Wow -- those are some very cool pictures. Some very serene. And some very tasty!

  29. A beautiful sunset photo, but we really wanted a video of the rabbit chase. But I guess that would not have fit into the Serene Scene, huh?

  30. Hey there, Dave
    THank you for showing us your garden and the little things in your garden. Your mom and dad certainly have a beautiful place!...and its nice that you guys keep all the intruders out. (Rabbits?etc)
    Thank you too for that serene sunset picture. Mom loves sunsets.
    Lots of licks
    Maxdog in South AFrica

  31. It would be wonderful to become friends:)
    You have such a beautiful garden. Crape Myrtle is one of mum's favourite plants, partly because it's on of the few she can keep alive. MOL!

  32. what a cooll yard you had - our mommy is happy the rabbit got away but we arent

    Woodrow Sweetie & MJ

  33. Hey Dave!
    Tell your mom that she takes great pictures! And we don't have many rabbits in our yard; I scared them all away; but those danggum squirrels drive me nuts!
    Your friend,

  34. What a beautiful sunset!
    And flowers too! And of course, handsome you.

    Your Mom is becoming a great photographer, we really liked the sparrow and butterfly pics.

    Oh yes, Very happy Zim-aversary to Zim!!
    ~lickies, Ludo

  35. For sure, the husky tomatoes will take over the world.