Who We Are

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Serene Scenery Sunday

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim, here with millions of pix today (OK, maybe not that many, but you may want to pull up a water bowl and get comfy...) to help you reach the Zen of Zim Zone.  Ready to have a look around?

Remember the rock-filled bed by our driveway?  You know - where Mom was going to put the 14" grass that was really going to be 14'?  Yeah.  Anyway, the Purple Love Grasses are doing pretty well and the sedum is going crazy like we hoped it would!

DSCN3960 Variegated Sedum
Variegated Sedum - Sedum Lineare 'Variegatum'

The Dragon's Blood Sedum is by the other rocks in the background; I'll show you some of our other Dragon's Blood Sedum in a minute!

Over here, on the side by Fluffy Black Cat's house (by where we fixed the retaining wall up a bit), the Liriope are doing great!

IMG_9183 SGT Zim

The darker ones are Big Blue Liriope and the sort of chartruese ones are Pee Dee Golds.  One of the Pee Dees is starting to bloom!

DSCN3937 Pee Dee Gold Liriope
Liriope Muscari 'Pee Dee Gold Ingot'

It's their first year here, so Mom's all kinds of excited.

Just toward the back of this garden, Mom has more "first time here" plants.  She put in some Blue Queen Salvia -- and one of them is starting to bloom, too!!!

DSCN3940 Blue Queen Salvia
Salvia nemorosa 'Blaukonigin'

They'll hopefully get nice and full eventually - but for now, Mom is happy that they're alive and thrilled that one is blooming!

What else is back here?

IMG_9185 SGT Zim
Me - inspecting the gardens!

Oh!  See that tier down there?  There's a huge Austrian Pine down there and there used to be 1/2 a million Texas Quince.  Not DWARF Texas Quince, either.  Huge, invasive ones.  Well, thanks to Dad's muscles, some shovels, a pick-axe and who knows what else, there is now only one well-trimmed Texas Quince down there now.  Mom put in some more of the Big Blue Liriope, a couple Russian Sage plants, and some pots filled with Coleus.  She spent a lot of time in there this week, weeding and trying to pull more Texas Quince (not the dwarf kind) suckers out.  Here's a look at that tier:

IMG_9176 Middle tier, south side

Just down one tier from there is where Mom planted a bunch of Maiden Grasses that Dad dug up and split for her - and that's where some of the Echinacea are.  Here's a look at one!

DSCN3947 Pow Wow Wild Berry Pink Echinacea
Echinacea purpurea ‘PowWow Wild Berry’

Pretty cool.  Those made Mom feel all kinds of good inside!  She feels really blessed to have something so beautiful growing in her garden!

While we're out back, let's have a look at the sunset!

IMG_9116 19 JUN 12
19 JUNE 2012 sunset over the Flint Hills 

Looks toasty, doesn't it?  I hope everyone is remembering to stay cool and stay hydrated!

Let's get back to inspecting the gardens; how about we go over on the other side of the house?

IMG_9254 Zim
King of the Mountain!

Yep.  We have big retaining walls over there, too.  Behind me, you can see some of the Maiden Grasses Mom and Dad put in last year.  They've really filled out nicely!

Along one side of the stairs is where Mom put some of the Dragon's Blood Sedum in last year.  Here's a look:

IMG_9197 Dragon's Blood Sedum
Sedum 'Dragon's Blood Red'

It's normally a bit redder-looking, but the sun was right smack on it, washing it out.  We'll try to get a better shot this week.

As I mentioned last week, Mom is growing some lavender for the first time this year, too.  One variety is in bloom!  (Sort of.)

DSCN3915 Blue Fragrant Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia

I know.  It's not much, but it's giving Mom hope.  And is teaching her patience!

Mom and I went for a ride this week and shot some pix of barns.  Here's Mom's favorite barn:

DSCN3961 KS barn

We've posted pix of it before, but it's worth seeing again, don't you think?  Plus Mom's photo skills are improving!

Here's another barn just down the road from that one:

DSCN3964 KS barn

I think if barns could tell stories, that one would have a lot to say!

I hope having a look around our garden and our little corner of Kansas helped you feel serene!

Keep cool, everyone!

Play bows,


  1. I feel so serene right now I think I might need a nap. Thanks for sharing you beautiful flower and barn pictures.


  2. You always take really nice photos. I think I am going to get an iphone too so I can take nice photos for my blog.

    Your comment made me LOL. The one that says a man got to what a man got to do. Haha. You two are real funny blokes!!!!

  3. What a great job in Zim zone
    Benny & Lily

  4. THANKS ZIM... I really NEEDED to PAWs and Relax and stuffs. Your beautiful pictures did the trick. I may even go have a nice nap now. THANKS BUDDY.

  5. Once again you have done it! I am all kinds of serene. My MOM loves barns too. Sometimes she just, without notice, turns suddenly off the road when she sees one off in the distance and heads for it.

  6. Beautiful post today Zim. mum and TNP has been working on the garden this year and we has a couple of blooms and mum felt very proud. Then we got tonnes of rain and wind and they is looking a bit sorry now. Poor plants. Thanks for sharing yours!
    ~Lickies, Ludo

  7. Wow, what great pics! They're definitely helping me stay serene as I anxiously wait for puppies!

  8. The gardens at your house are just lovely, we really enjoy all your wonderful pictures.

    The silvers and more

  9. Your yard is absolutely gorgeous, Zim! There is beauty in every corner!
    We love the barn shots!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  10. I always enjoy your Sunday scenes Zimmie!


  11. I always love seeing flower pictures!


  12. Of course I feel very serene now!
    Those flowers and the barns are pawesome!
    Happy Sunday!
    Kisses and hugs

  13. We love love love the pics! My personal fav is of course, the king's shot!!! So regal on his rock!!
    Mommy truly loves the flowers and plants pics! She cant wait, as usual, to have her own garden!


  14. Is your mom going to use that lavender? We really LOVE the smell of lavender here at Webster Manor.

    Also, don't forget, we have plenty of lirope to share. Come on and get it.