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Monday, May 18, 2015

Garden Tour

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie!  I thought Maggie might show you around our front and side gardens for Serene Scenery Sunday yesterday, but she gets such joy out of boxes!  I thought I'd show you around a bit today instead, OK?

Mom and Dad have put a lot of work in already this year!  I think it started back even before our big pines were taken out ... but anyway, they did a bunch of stuff, then this guy came and dumped a bunch of mulch in our driveway.  Twice!  It was a huge pile - show everyone, Maggie!

"Wowzers, look at all of this!"

The man who dumped it on our driveway thought it would take Mom and Dad a couple days to load it up, haul it to where it was going, and spread it in - but they were done by two o'clock - and that's with a break for a nice, long walk with us and also for lunch!  Mom and Dad must have some Working Breed in them.

Let's look around at everything!  Here's one of my favorites - the Peonies!

"Oooh, I love pink!"

Aren't they pretty?  They are just now blooming!  Here's a close-up!


In that front bed, Mom planted some new Hostas.

"That's them right behind me."

Here's a view of them from down on the next tier down:


They are back behind the Redbud Trees, Mums, and Peonies.

That next tier down is where a big Austrian Pine was.  Dad worked really hard leveling that bed out and digging yucky stuff up.  He and Mom decided since it's a nice sunny spot that it would be perfect for a Butterfly Garden!  Mom planted all kinds of things that will attract butterflies:  Butterfly Bushes, Butterfly Weed, Salvia, Agastache, Pincushion Flower, and some Blackberry Lily seeds that our aunt sent her.  Here's a look at that tier:

The Butterfly Garden

The flags are to mark where there are smaller plants (so Mom didn't accidentally cover them with mulch or step on them while she was working) or where the seeds were put in (so Mom won't think they're weeds when they sprout and pull them out).  It doesn't look like much now, but hopefully everything will take hold and do well!

Here's the next tier down:

Lower tier

It has some Coneflowers (which will also attract butterflies) and some Maiden Grasses.  It's hard to see everything - but here are the tiers on that side from down in the backyard:

Mom was watering the mulch down to help keep it in place

It was quite a feat getting the mulch down to all the tiers.  Dad did that part, and Mom did the spreading it around part.

They also did the tiers on the other side of the house; they're smaller, but also harder to get to.  Here's a look at them from up on our back deck:

Tiers on the north side

I like to check the Honeysuckle vines that grow along the steps!

"Is anyone in there?"

You never know.  There could be a bunny or a birdie or something hiding in there!

Mom put a new little plant called "Hen and Chicks" in the front rock garden.  Here is Maggie, helping Mom check on them.

"Oooh, cool breeze!  There's another storm brewing, Mom!"

It should like the hot, full sun and rocks out there.

That's pretty much of a wrap for now.  Mom bought some new garden flags that she'll be switching out every so often.  I'm fairly sure we'll be asked to pose by them.  Like this:


Mom didn't have treats, so looking at the camera was pretty much out of the question.

I hope you enjoyed our garden tour!  Have a great Monday, everyone!



  1. We love everything you planted, your yard is very pretty.
    stella rose

  2. It looks like somethingy from Home and Garden Magazine... JUST Beautiful.... you gals surely do work your peeps HARD... Butt if it weren't fur you... We KNOW nothing would EVER get done, RIGHT????

  3. That's a really pretty garden you've got there! My favourite bit…the Buttie Pillar garden!! If only there were more thoughtful pups and peeps like you, I luffs you!
    Will you show us what visitors you get please?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. that is going to be one stunning garden for sure - I think out favorite photo was the one with you with your nose up in air smelling the wind :)

  5. What a beautiful, tiered garden! Oh, it must be so much work to get it all ready. I cannot wait for everything to bloom. You must show us after everything is blooming,

  6. I love your garden! Your Peonies are beautiful, different than the ones we have. I've got to get a new Hosta or two as well; I think our cold winter did them in.
    I haven't gotten any new plants yet, because of our trip-didn't want to worry about them. When we get back though, I'll be planting some Burning Bush(about 5), and a lilac as well as a couple of plants, like Snow in Summer in our front bed.
    Hope you are having a great day!
    Noreen & Hunter

  7. What a lovely garden! BUTT I think I would dig in that mulch pile BOL!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    Remember tomorrow is the Barkers -vs- Slayers soccer game!

  8. Stop it already. We are jealous enough
    Lily & Edward

  9. You are the prettiest garden tour guide we have ever seen, Cammie. Your yard is always so beautiful. We hope your Mom was careful with her shoulder with all that hard work.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  10. Your mum and dad definitely have some working breed dna in them.

  11. Your garden is absolutely stunning and we never ever seen a weed or a piece of mulch out of place. Your mom and dad are very hard workers! We can't wait to see all of the beautiful plants in bloom☺

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  12. Your mom and dad sure put a lot of mulch down! Our mommy and daddy didn't do nearly that much but maybe that's because Mommy was complaining the whole time. She hates yardwork. Thanks for reminding her they still have to mulch our tiers in the backyard too. Ay yi yi, more HBO words!

  13. We can't wait to see the same pictures in a month!!

    -Ruby and Otto

  14. That is a beautiful garden!! Thank you for the tour and informational photos.

    Loveys Sasha

  15. I use small pots to cover baby plants when we put mulch down. It protects the babies and I know where they are.

    1. Good idea! I'll remember that for next time.

  16. What a wonderful Garden Tour Cammie!! We can't wait for everything to grow and see all the beautiful butterflies that move in!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  17. I'm always SO impressed with your pawrents' gardening ability. Momma tries really hard, but... well. She tries hard.