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Friday, April 22, 2016

"For the Beauty of the Earth...."

Lord of all to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise. 

Happy Earth Day! 

After an unseasonable heat wave, the earth is smiling today in the gentle re-occurring showers of refreshing rain. 

The tulips are cooked, and gone already, but they have been replaced by more bounteous beauty. 

Columbines and forget-me-nots. 




And rhododendrons. 


 Loderi King George is huge, and fragrant. 
And then there is this!
 When I wasn't watching, the wisteria bloomed!

 In the background, you can see the snowball bush and another rhodie. 
Lush new growth is everywhere, forming tapestries of color. 








We went to our usual Friday morning breakfast with friends this morning. Then we stopped by a temporary hazardous waste station to drop off  some disposables that need special handling. Next we went to a Fred Meyer store to shop for a few plants and to purchase our razor clam digging license. More about that later. Back at home I got sprinkled on a bit as I worked outside on the garden, weeding and beheading spent tulips. 

And that's how I celebrated Earth Day.

And now I offer my photos in "grateful praise" for this beautiful earth that we must guard and protect. 

21 comments:

  1. Everything is breathtaking beautiful but the wisteria is beyond beautiful. Oh my, I don't think I've seen so much beauty in one place in a very long time.

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  2. Your wisteria is incredibly beautiful! Breathtaking, in fact. Not to mention the other gorgeous flowers. Happy Earth Day!!!! :-)

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  3. Oh but your yard is so lush and full of beautiful plants.I Love Columbines. Mine are just starting to open and already I noticed one I didn't have last year. I love those kinds of surprises.

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  4. Your garden is beautiful! I love wisteria! Our rain started about noon today and has rained all afternoon. We were actually needing a shower, so it was nice.

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  5. Magnificent. What a wonderful collection of Columbines.

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  6. What an awesome series of flower photos. I hadn't thought too much about earth day. I was outside and heard a loud bunch of kids I went to my front yard and found a teacher out with her students picking up garbage. Remember when we did that?

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  7. A truly beautiful garden, a real delight to see.

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  8. I can't think of a better way to celebrate earth day than being there in what is surely paradise. Your wisteria is breath-taking.

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  9. The seasons are so dramatically different across the continent, but it's all beautiful!

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  10. Great! Now I want an arbor with wisteria!

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  11. Oh, how I would love to have that wisteria in my own garden! It is absolutely beautiful!

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  12. Wisteria really knows how to put on a show doesn't it? Just beautiful. I think the consensus here is that your wisteria rocks.

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  13. Wow!!! I have always loved Wisteria - they are like hanging decorations in the most wonderful color. I wish I had one here but alas, Hawaii is too hot. Mahalo for having such a wonderful garden and sharing your pictures!

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  14. The wisteria takes my breath away! What a lovely garden you have. Everything at my house is just a bit behind.

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  15. Just beautiful. Spring in full bloom

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  16. Boy,do you have a nice array of spring flowers! The wisteria is gorgeous - I'm a bit cautious about wisteria as I've seen it take over entire houses in Georgia, but yours is contained and beautiful!

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  17. Just stunning photos. Gorgeous.

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  18. We are grateful for our great Earth. We must always be good stewards of our land. Your gardens are gorgeous. My Columbines are blooming as are the Rhodies. Everything just segways to the next. The Wisteria is ginormous. It seems that where ever I see a Wisteria this year they are fuller than ever. Love the new header
    Enjoy

    MB

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  19. Your wisteria is gorgeous! I'm loving all the rhododendrons in bloom. We go to shore acres several times a week to watch the progression of the bloom. I walked a trail the other day in the forest and was surprised at how many I saw in the forest. I went to the rhododendron show in North Bend on Sunday and got schooled on what makes a first prize winner...not that I could ever grow them in Eastern Oregon!

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  20. I'll add my voice to the hymn of praise! What a beautiful time of year. Your garden contains so many incredible combinations and that wisteria is glorious!

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  21. Oh my gosh! Spring is so beautiful in Seattle... well it sure does look that way from your photos!

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