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Sunday, July 12, 2015

In the Garden

 This was a busy week.  Yesterday, Saturday, was our Open Garden, so we were working outside whenever we could.  We were also taking care of a convalescing Jake after his ankle surgery on Monday.  On Thursday afternoon we transported him to the cabin in Whidbey Island, where a change of venue has helped with his emotional well-being.  He says he is dealing with an "existential crises", not being able to do much for himself.  Being "lazy" only works for a few days when you are used to being active.  But he is doing well, his pain is subsiding, and he is enjoying the company of Jill and the kids, and kitty therapy. 

 Back home on Friday, we did the final primping in the yard, and then in the early evening I took a camera tour.  The weather has moderated, clouds covered the sun and the temps cooled considerably. 














 It has taken some work and a lot of water to keep everything going this spring/summer with so much heat and no rain.  You'll notice the grass is still mostly green.  With no real rain still in sight, we may need to back off of the watering now.





 Some of our trees are showing stress, dropping brown leaves already.  This area is going to lose a lot of ornamental street trees this summer. 











 Several of our retired teacher friends took over this garden deck Saturday morning and had a tea party.  They loved it.  I never got down there to take a photo, being too busy talking to others up on the patio. 





 Saturday morning we got the refreshments table set up and had a bit of time to sit before people began arriving a little after 10:00.  
And then there was a steady trickle of NPA members throughout the day to visit with until 4:00.  I never got back to taking any photos of the actual event, but for you, my virtual friends, this is your tour.

We're having a slow day today, this partly sunny and cool Sunday.  Tomorrow we'll be back at it.  It's time to prune the hedges. 

20 comments:

  1. Your garden was so lovely yesterday, Linda, "not a hair out of place." I know how much work and how much water it took to keep it going this year till the tour day arrived. It's one reason I'm loathe to put mine on an NPA tour. Time to take a break now.

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  2. Your gardens are so impressive. I have said it before, but it really does look like Paradise in your yard.

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  3. Thank you for the tour! Your gardens make my so-called gardens look downright pathetic. But then, you're willing to put the time into maintaining amazing gardens;I just dabble in gardening.

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  4. Wow, your garden is gorgeous and amazing. And ambitious! I like the large glass "flowers," too. I hear my garden calling to me now...but it's so hot and humid I'm not going out until morning. Thanks for the tour!

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  5. Oh, my goodness, your property is astounding! I'm amazed every summer when you showcase its beauty. I know it's a lot of work....probably why mine isn't no nice! But it takes talent, skill, and knowledge, too!

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  6. Oh, thank you for my own "private" tour of your beautiful gardens. I do hope that the heat stays away for awhile. We only got a light spritz of rain up here. We sure could use a soaker! :-)

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  7. what a beautiful garden tour-thanks for sharing!

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  8. Your gardens are looking so beautiful! That dark blue glass plate flower is so pretty I also got glimpses of a Blue Hydrangea that looks stunning! I know how Jake feels...so very painful and you have to keep it up so it doesn't swell too. Kinda limits your activities...kitties are good company:)

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  9. What a spectacular garden that you maintain! The work to keep it up must cur into many of your other daily chores. You have really created a master piece of flora.

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  10. You certainly have an awesome garden to show off. I hope the open garden goes well.

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  11. You took us on a wonderful tour, you have a beautiful garden. I loved the odd glimpse of the ornaments, such a delight.

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  12. A drought can break a gardeners heart. Sure hope you get some rains soon.
    Jake is so right about "enjoying lazy" as having a short lifespan. Hope he recovers quickly and can get back to normal soon.

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  13. Your gardens are lovely. It looks so cool in the shady areas and along the grassy paths.

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  14. Your gardens are so very pretty. Everything looks perfect. When you said primping the yard, I pictured you and Tom finding one tiny stray weed that had somehow been missed. :) It's beautiful! Glad Jake is getting better. It must be hard for him to have to rest every day.

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  15. Thank you so much for letting us take that long leisurely stroll through all that wonderful green stuff. Here in San Diego, everything is beige to tan.

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  16. Your virtual tour was so good that it made me feel like I was there in person. Oh wait, I was. As beautiful as your pictures are, your garden is even more spectacular in person! Thank you so much for opening it for our enjoyment! Chatting with you and Tom is always a treat & I hope Jake has a speedy recovery!

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  17. The Reader Garden is a sight to behold. I wish I could actually see it in person. I do hope Jake is healing and learning to take it a bit more easy than he likes to do. It must be so difficult for him to be sidelined.

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  18. Your gardens are lovely and seem to be holding up well amid the hot weather and no rain. We have to haul water because we are on a well but everything seems to be doing ok.
    MB

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  19. Awesome! Totally awesome! I wish we could see it again. I'm glad we could see it in person because it makes it easier to imagine now perspective wise.

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