Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thursday 13: Two Great Things

Mr. Ryan comes to visit and the Garden comes of age.
1. He brought provisions.
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2. And his walking shoes.
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3. He found things to carry...
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5. He kissed Ducky

6. And had drinks with JB.
7. When he left we were all lonely.

8. We occupied ourselves by driving down the street to the local farmstand for the last of the strawberries and the first of the blueberries.
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9. We worked in the yard and garden, planting annuals and perennial flowers, buying new shrubs, and getting ourselves ready for summer living.


10. JB set up the little water garden in front of our kitchen door and weeded her grasses in the back yard. They've doubled in size since we planted them last summer.
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11. I was excited to see the first green bean in the vegetable garden.
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12. I finished the shade circle in the front of the house....
And finally began and planted a second shade garden on the backside--mostly hostas and ground cover with a few annual coleus' thrown in for color.
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13. We bought three lace capped hydrangeas for a weird spot behind our brick patio and popped in a few majestic foxgloves. The hydrangeas will take a few years to reach a few feet high, but every summer their purple and blue flowers will return.
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The irises I planted last year came back by the dozens, not to mention JB's grasses
smiling in the background.
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14. The finale, and just about the best part: fresh flowers all season long.
These two great things have made me very rich.
(kj thanks the universe)

13 comments:

  1. i know it's really thursday 14. i took literary license, that's all.

    :)

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  2. Rich beyond measure - that's my feeling, too.

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  3. Oh I love your garden. Mines so scrambly and discombobulated with giant trees and spindly bushes (native garden naturally). Irises are my favourite cutting flowers, in winter they last about 2 weeks in a vase. Funny how the simple things make us feel so overwhelmed with happiness!

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  4. Oh goody!! Ryan and a beautiful gaarden - I am in heaven! Thank you kj.

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  5. Your garden is looking extremely fabulous. You really laid it out beautifully. As for mr. Ryan *sigh*. Those shoes! If I were watching him, he would not have had any chance to walk. I'll be hugging him all the time.

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  6. Sweet and gorgeous! Baby and flowers! What a lovely way to tie up the week. Thank you, KJ. :)

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  7. your yard is looking awesome! i especially love the big bowl of water plants. oh, and of course, i love the photo of your "drinks." ;)

    i'm glad you're back to posting! :)

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  8. cs, i thought of you when i posted these photos...

    baino, i love irises too. it helps to know about the simple things, huh?!

    chief, i just love your comments.

    ces, try hugging mr. ryan for more than two minutes and he will squirm his way right into kitchen drawers and pots and pans!

    melissa, have i told you i love the sound and feel of your summer?

    jessie, always so nice to see your avatar here. the water garden is soooo simple and it brings such pleasure.

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  9. I believe iris are one of my all time favorites. They are hardy and beautiful, not at all fragile, and no thorns.

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  10. That isn't a "little water garden", it's a BIRD BATH!!!!!!!!!

    Have a just as good one this weekend KJ ;)

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  11. Have fun this weekend KJ.

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  12. debra kay, everyone loves irises. my favorites are zinnias.

    anon, that's actually a fire pit! at least i think so. but for us, it's a water garden!

    ces, you have fun too. i'll take pictures in my little quest to convince you the place is beautiful and wonder-ful. :)

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  13. You just did a blogger's 13! Mr. Ryan isn't a baby anymore - he's grown into a little boy! I love his blonde hair and his intent expression as he makes himself busy. Your garden looks wonderful... I love JB's little water garden... very serene:) Happy Summer to you!

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