Monday, September 18, 2017


About three years ago,
I was given these Dahlia bulbs by a dear friend as a birthday gift.

They have not disappointed getting more beautiful each year.

 Miss you lots....Be happy !

Friday, September 15, 2017


I was looking out of my front door the other day 
while talking on the phone..
I saw a squirrel with a very strange tail.

Pardon the pictures but it was a quickie...
His tail has what seems to be two joints.

It's as if it has been broken several times but it's longer than most..

as if he's had a transplant !!!

Several days later....out in the back yard.

Sometimes it looks like a raccoons tail with rings.

Wouldn't he love to have this one??
He'd be the envy of the neighborhood.

Or maybe this one??

This one might mess up his balance a bit..
Looks like it could use some combing..She gets groomed soon ;)

He's tough to photograph..Always scampering off somewhere.
Have a happy weekend.

Monday, September 11, 2017


This story took about a month to play out.
I don't have pictures of part I.
For a week or so when we walked this path, 
we had to duck under this limb.

As time went by and we had more rain, this is what happened.

I think the limb got wetter ,weaker and heavier
and just couldn't hold up it's weight.
There is a lot of foliage on this branch.

We walked around it for a week or so until it was taken care of.

I'm so glad that they didn't take down the entire tree..

Friday, September 8, 2017


My garden has filled in nicely this year with a little help from me.
There is an Aster coming up in the middle of this Lavender.
Things tend to spread a bit.

This is a "Dwarf" Little Lime Hydrangea. 
It was white when I planted it.
I planted two out front and two others to fill in my garden.

Along the back near the house you see a green Japanese Maple,
a "dwarf lilac", a Crepe Myrtle and two Winterberries.

My garden has undergone a lot of "tweaking".
I think the only original plantings are the Winterberries.
I'm sure that I'm not done yet..
There is no room to add anything so if I see a "must have",
something has to go.
These Hydrangeas don't do well anymore on the side of my house.
The shade trees have gotten bigger and blocked the sun.

This Oakleaf Hydrangea on the other hand, 
seems to love the shade.
It's huge...soon to have a visit from my pruners.

Out front is a Young Maple tree that grew over a foot this year.
I replaced two evergreens that got too big
with Limelight Hydrangeas.
To the right of those is another Japanese Maple..
The plant in the center is a perennial Geranium that goes crazy.
I have cut it back severely twice this year..
There are a couple of Hosta to the left (fillers).

My Clematis is going through a second bloom.

Have a nice weekend.

Monday, September 4, 2017


The first Labor Day  in America was held in 1882. 
( The first Labor Day was in Canada in 1872)
It comes from the desire of the Central Labor Union to make  a holiday for workers. In 1894 it was made a federal holiday. 
It was originally intended that the day would celebrate with a street parade so the public could appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to  entertain local workers and their families. 
In later years, prominent men and women made speeches.


I hope you are spending time with friends, family and loved ones.