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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Serene Scenery Sunday

Tail wags, dear readers. It's me, Stormy. I thought I'd take Serene Scenery Sunday myself this week - just to be certain there aren't any small 's' storm pix involved. Ahem. Not all of us find small 's' storms as intriguing as Ammy and our mom do! How about we stick to a tour of the Ao4 Gardens instead?

We have some pretty cool ornamental and native grasses in the garden. Here are a couple Feather Reed Grass plantings:

Feather Reed Grass

Here are the tops of the Pampas Grass:

Pampas Grass

The grass part itself is over seven feet tall right now! (That's over 2 meters!) Isn't it cool?

This is called either a Porcupine Grass or a Zebra Grass:

Zebra/Porcupine Grass

Dave and I go with the "Zebra" name - in keeping with our black and white thing. Ha roo roo roo!

Here is the soft top of a little Dwarf Fountain Grass:

Dwarf Fountain Grass

They are sweet little grasses that are about a foot high.

the Smoke Tree Mom and Dad had to cut down because of one of those small 's' storms? Check it out now!

Smoke Tree

It's making a great come-back!

Here's a close-up of some Purple Emperor Sedum:

Purple Emperor Sedum

Isn't the bee cool? Zim liked that part.

The petunias up on the deck are still going strong:


And you may remember what else is up by the deck - the tomatoes! I'm happy to report Mom and Dad ate one tomato from the upside-down thing already and Mom expects to pick five more today! Do you remember the late entry in the tomato field? The
Husky Red Cherry Tomato plant? Check it out now:

Husky Red Tomatoes

Yep. The tomatoes are really helping us catch that whole "serene" thing around here.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Tail wags,

PS: These photos are all in our FlickR album. Please click here if you would like a larger view.


  1. Hi, Stormy!
    You have in your garden many types of grass!
    I'd love to have a yard!
    Have a happy serene sunday!
    Kisses and hugs

  2. Oh Stormy, we are feeling soooo serene, we may have to go take a little nap. Very lovely yard and garden!

    Stella and Mom

  3. The petunias are a lovely colour! We can't believe at the come back that tree is making - clearly it will take more than a storm to stop it!
    We had no idea there were so many types of grasses - lots of people in the UK have the pampas grass which does seem to grow to giant proportions.
    Thank you Stormy for showing us round so nicely.
    We have just returned from our walk and now feel very relaxed and chilled!
    In fact we have to go cos someone mentioned wine........
    love you lots
    Martha & Bailey xxxx

  4. Hey there Stormy
    Hey Im sooo excited...we have some of the porcupine/zebra grass on our own patio and its sharing it's space with the namaqualand daisies!
    Thank you too for taking us around your garden. Tell mom it's looking really nice and made us feel really serence!
    Lots of licks

  5. Oh my DOG ! I love the purple emperor - what a great shot! Thanks Stormy for all the serene plants - they made our dreary day a bit more bright!

  6. Stormy, you are not only the general, but you are also quite a Gardner.
    Mack the northern dog

  7. mo C A T Z then.............

  8. sorry my paws are too big for the key board

    "NO C A T Z"

  9. We feel so serene after strolling around ypur garden, Storms. We like the fountain grasses a whole lot - they look like they tickle!

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

  10. We love all of your cool plants. Mom had a smoke tree growing up and loved it. It got hit by lightning and survived, it was a tough guy.

  11. So beautiful. And this weather has been so great for all growing things. Thanks for sharing.

    woos, the OP Pack

  12. Thanks for the walk around your yard today Stormy! We're feeling very serene now.

  13. Beautiful pix Stormy, but the second one is not showing up for us, it has it as unavailable?.

    Your garden is really lovely.

    Holly & Zac...XX

  14. Very serene, Stormy!


  15. I like the zebra grass! I wonder if I can find some. How tall does it get and does it spread out?

  16. Since porcupines can be dangerous, we prefer zebra grass too!

  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I really like that bumble bee.

  18. Hi Stormy!
    Beautiful pics, me learned few new plants species thanks to you!! Cant wait till we have a yard of our own one day!! Have fun!


  19. Wooos! Mom likes the plants. The pretty shot with the pampas grass was cool! Nice and serene, Stormy!
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  20. OMDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!
    What a great post dear Stormy!!!
    Your garden looks soooooooooo wonderful....and all your plants are marvelous!!!
    We have the pampas grass like your in our garden but is too young now so is very very small....hope it could be like your in the future!!!!!
    reading and seeing your post we're feeling soooooooooooo serene....
    The petunias are wonderful...all is wonderful in your garden!!!!
    Mommy is trying to do a garden like your but Maya is destroying everything....she loves bite all the little plants she found on her way!!!!
    CAn you help mommy with her garden pleaseeeeeeeeee?????
    Hope yes!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us those super special pics Stormy!!!!
    HAve a wonderful sunday with all your family!!!!
    We love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
    Tons of love and kisses

  21. Oh Storms,

    You calmed my anxious hear.



    PSSS. Actually I have been sleeping all day

  22. Oh good! I'm glad your mom is finally getting some tomatoes. I seem to remember her saying she didn't have any a while back.

    Is the weather nice and cool there? Our Missouri grandparents said it feels like fall at their house.


  23. I love the bee pic!!! You have an awesome garden! Happy Sunday!


  24. Plenty of nice places to p......peruse Stormy!

    Belated Happy Serene Sunday to you and yours.

    lotsaluv Marvin xxxxx

  25. You guys have such an incredible garden - that must be alot of work

    Woodrow - Sweetie - MJ

  26. What great photos of plants and flowers! It sure is beautiful where you are!

  27. Thanks for sharing your awesome garden with us Stormy!


  28. Hi Stormy,

    That is showing up now..:-)

    Beautiful shot and grass, we wish our sky had been as blue as that here today.

    Holly & Zac...XX

    PS..hope you got our message, gmail was playing up today.