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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Serene Scenery Sunday

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave, here with Serene Scenery Sunday.  Zim and I are just back from a walk and thought we'd show you a few of the things that made us feel mighty peaceful this week.

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"C'mon, Zim!"

Zim was snoofing some of the cool air coming in from the north - can you tell?  Many thanks to our friends up in Nebraska for sharing it with us.  Anyway - let's start with a look around our gardens.

Some of the echinacea is still blooming!  Representing the different varieties is the Tomato Soup Echinacea:

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Tomato Soup Echinacea

We LOVE that burst of color!

Mom's pots of Coleus plants are looking mighty good, too.  Here's a look at one of those:

IMG_0332 Coleus collection

Can you see the other varieties behind this one?  Mom forgot to shoot them.  Hmm.  Moving right along ...

We have Purple Emperor Sedum planted in about 3 or 4 locations in the back gardens.  The amount of sunlight each plant gets greatly affects the color!  Check out these next few photos!

This group up by the top gate gets the least amount of sunlight:

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Purple Emperor Sedum

There's a little purple in there, but not a lot.  The blooms will be purple eventually.  We hope.

The Purple Emperor Sedum that are in the more "open" parts of the garden, along the retaining walls, get lots of sun!  Check out their color:

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Purple Emperor Sedum

Woo!  These are on the top tier.  They are much brighter and bolder, aren't they?  Mom moved them from a shadier spot last year and they seem quite happy here!

Down on the next tier we have a couple groupings of the same sedum:

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Yet another Purple Emperor Sedum (background)
and a Blue Dune Grass

That group is more of a deep purple!

Pretty fun, don't you think?  One plant type, three different looks - all because of the sun!

Speaking of purple stuff, remember the Starburst Ice Plant we showed you at the beginning of the Summer?   Mom planted it in May and it did just great for a while.  They are supposed to like lots of sun and wind and heat ... but apparently they got too much of a good thing (because if there's anything we can offer stuff in our gardens it's sun, wind and heat!) and pretty much got zapped out.  Sure, there's the drought ... but Mom watered religiously!  Anyway - here's why it pays to be persistent -- they're making a comeback!

IMG_0342 Starburst Ice Plant

They don't look great, but they look TONS better than they did!  Yeah!  Go Ice Plants!!!!

Just over from those is one of my favorite grasses - the Zebra Grass!

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Zebra Grass - about 4 feet tall

Most of the ornamental grasses are doing OK in the drought - but the tops are kind of sizzled.  Or is that frizzled?  Whatever.

Here's something else that made me feel super serene this week:

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Me and Squee-Kee Moose

Yep.  Nothing like hanging out with a friend!  I love spending time with Mom and Squee-Kee Moose.  Zim?  He'd rather go out on an adventure - and he got to do lots of that this week, too.  He'll tell you about his adventure from yesterday soon, but in the meantime, he found one of our very favorite wildflowers out where he was!  Show everyone, Zim!

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"It's right here!  And it's my very favorite!"

It's Snow on the Mountain!  Maybe before too long, we'll have that snow!  Woo!

I hope you feel a little more serene now!  Whether it's strolling through your garden, spending time with a friend, or exploring everything out on an adventure, make sure you take some time to do whatever brings you that inner tranquility!



  1. Love the purple :)

    Stop on by for a visit

  2. Have a lovely Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. you sure have a colorful garden! Thanks for the stroll
    Benny & Lily

  4. Send some of that cool air our way! Your flowers are very beautiful.


  5. we love seeing your garden.... mom would love to have something similar - but we have no yard and grandma says mom has a black thumb. ;)

  6. Yep, we feel much more serene now. Thanks. and we are glad to hear you are getting a little bit of cooler weather.

    Bert adn My Vickie

  7. I love all your garden pictures. The color of the Tomato Soup Echinacea is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.


  8. Your garden is very pretty and made us feel so serene! Our Grandpa from KS's garden sorta went kaput in the heat this year but yours sure didn't. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  9. WOW your plants have really done well in this horrid heat and drought. Everythingy looks super.

  10. Hi Y'all!

    Just trying to get around and visit all my friends I've been missing. Hope y'all are havin' a great day!

    Those are beautiful flowers! Great pictures too.

    Y'all come by now,

    Hawk aka BrownDog

  11. Everything in your garden is so pretty, Dave. We always think of our Nonna when we see Coleus. She loved it and always had it planted in her yard.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  12. I feel totally serene now, wow! Thanks for sharing such grreat pictures.

    PeeS: I showed your picture to Laila, and she said she thinks you're SUPER cute!

  13. Yep I feel all peaceful now. Such vibrant colors in your yard. Sometimes do you just want to lay out there all day and just take it in? I know MOM and I would love that.

  14. So so serene! Thanks!


  15. Feeling the serenity all the way here!!!
    Thanks for sharing those beautiful pics!!


  16. I like squeaky moose a lot. Those flowers and plants are so pretty. It did make me feel peaceful and sleepy.

    Loveys Sasha

  17. Thanks for showing us all the beautiful and colorful plants! They are awesome!

  18. Anonymous6:36 PM

    squeeee!!! we love your garden!! And we also hope wherever you live that you have snow this year. We had so little in Nor Calif in the Sierras last year...we worry about this one...paws crossed for lots more moisture for those of us who did not get much last year...paw pats, Savannah

  19. so much beautiful color in your yard, Dave! we got lots of nappin in this weekend - never fails to make us feel more serene :)

    Pip, Smidgen, minnie, Hollie