Sunday, June 17, 2012

Serene Scenery Sunday

Ha roo, pups and cool cats.  It's me, Zim.  Mom went a bit overboard this week, taking pix in our garden and along our walking routes.  She said they made her feel very serene, so I'm going to cut with the chit-chat and post the pix of posies.  Ready to take a look around?

How about a couple big slices of Kansas for starters?

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Kansas Sunflower

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Kansas Sunflower

Mom was trying out a new (to her) app on her iPhone.  It made her happy.  So did the giant sunflower!

Here are some Prairie Coneflowers:

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Ratibida columnifera (Prairie Coneflower)

They're pretty cool-looking, aren't they?  I tried to get a taste, but Mom said that wasn't in the cards. Apparently it's OK if these guys sample the goods:

DSCN3838 Coneflower and friend
Coneflower and bumble bee

DSCN3839 Black Eyed Susan and friend
Black-Eyed Susan and friend
(It made Dave happy that they are color-coordinated!)

...but not me.  That's OK.  I helped Mom ID a plant she's been trying to figure out for a while:

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"Oooh!  Fluffy flowers!"

I knew all along it was Gooseneck Loosestrife, but no one asked me.  (The mom of my Valentines is the one who pegged it!  Ha roo to Ruby, Sprite and Holly's mom!!!  For more views, you are welcome to view the set at this link.)

Moving back to our own garden ...

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Mums.  In June.

Don't get our mum started about the Mums blooming already.  It makes her leave the serenity zone.

Our Russian Sages are all young - it's the first time we're growing any - so they're still quite small.  They do have flowers, though:

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Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Mom's growing another variety called Perovskia Lacey Blue, but it's not really looking so hot right now.  What is looking hot is the Flame Thrower!

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Flame Thrower Echinacea

Let's get up close and personal with some Becky Daisies, too.  

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Leucanthemum super bum (Becky Shasta Daisy)

That whole "please don't eat the daisies" thing doesn't apply to everyone.  Check out this guy:

IMG_8981 Becky Daisies and friend

Tip du jour:  If you're walking around the garden with your mom, don't try to pounce butterflies that are on posies.

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Extra shot of the daisies, just to make the post REALLY long

Both Rose of Sharon varieties are in bloom:

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Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon)

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Ditto (only a different variety)

And throwing its petals into the "let's bloom super early this year" ring are the Crape Myrtles!

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Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle)

Behind that, up on the first wall you see, is one of our new Lavender plants!  We'll fill you in on that another time - it's another "first time we're growing it" thing.  Here's another look at the Crape Myrtle:

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Crape Myrtles

In the background, you can see a Fountain Grass sticking up, some of the Magic Carpet Spirea, some Becky Daisies, and our Yorktown Snowflower tree (it leans to the left).  Oh.  And our King's Choice Elm and the neighbors' Weeping Willow.  They do a lot of great screening.

Last, but not least, since it's Father's Day -- check out who helped Mom with the watering the other day!

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Happy Dad's Day, Dad!!!
And Mom says thanks for helping her water!

We hope you have a serene Sunday!  And happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Play bows,
Zim

13 comments:

  1. My Sunday just isn't complete with out a trip around your garden. Thanks for the serenity. :)
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  2. Great flower shots as always. Thanks for sharing all that is blooming around you. I liked the sunflower pictures with that effect.

    Cindy

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  3. So beautiful

    The silvers and more

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  4. We needed some serene scenery today and you didn't disappoint! We like the color coded flower and friend. Happy Dad's Day to your dad!

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  5. What gorgeous flowers! You sure have us smiling! Happy Father's Day to your dad, Dave and Zim!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

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  6. That second rose of sharon is pretty spectacular!

    Huffs

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  7. great shots!!
    Benny & Lily

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  8. I loved your tour!
    Happy Father's Day to your Dad!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  9. Magnificent. My Vickie really loves the daisy shots. She would plant the whole garden with daisies, if we had a garden.

    Bert

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  10. Zim, the sunflower and daisies made our mom go all serene :) pawsonally, we preferred the bugs :D oh, and the flame thrower (we just like that flower's name :D) Happy day to your dad! purrs,

    Pip, Smidge, Minnie, Hollie

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  11. This was a very serene way to start our week!! We especially like the fluffy flowers!!

    Smileys!
    Dory

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  12. Such pretty pictures! I love all your flowers. Why can't my mom manage to grow ones that look like that?!

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