Friday, May 20, 2016


 What a special couple of days, oh, about a week ago.  Our friends, Ed and Nancy, were over from Port Orford to take a wine tour in our Umpqua Valley.  It was great catching up and re-visiting our friendship.  3 Years is waaaay too long a time!   So, there was lots of talking, talking, talking, etc.  And I'm not to known to be the silent
 On last Friday, the weather just couldn't have been more perfect for a local trip to our Master Gardener's Discovery center.  I've been there a few times before, but every time we visit, it's always different..........I don't think I've been in the Spring before and the sights and smells were a pure joy.
So, the first photo at the top of the page was a "Betty Boop" rose, I think.  I enjoy the ruffles of some of my David Austin's at home but I also admire the simplicity of the Betty Boop.  There's probably a specific name for them, but I don't know it.

The next shot is of Ed and Nancy as they study some of the plants.  I could hear them referring to various flowers and plants and using all the botanical names......They are Master Gardener's themselves and have a beautiful wildlife garden at their home on the coast.

Now here below, you have Norm trying to charm the "Potted Lady".  She was unmoved so I felt not a bit of jealousy.......surprising since she was so pretty.  You can tell how 'smitten' he was by his closed eyes.......basking in her super firm body.......Thankfully, she couldn't be bothered....
 This last scene was one that Nancy thought had good composition and interesting light/shade......I agree and like the way it turned out.   I'll be posting more photos of the Discovery Center on my Facebook page if you'd like to see more.
A special place with special is good!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Guess what I was doing as I uploaded these photos??   Game of Thrones is back and it's as all-enthralling as ever......The good guys don't always live and the bad guys are oh-so-awful!!  Arggh!
 I realized that I hadn't posted anything about our Grandson TJ and our great grandchildren, Aiden and Tabaaha........Here they are below with TJ playing the horsey and the two little ones (maybe not so little anymore) as the riders.  If TJ looks tall standing next to the patio door...........he is!  6'4" or so.....give or take another foot......;-)  

 this is just a little finch that happen to stop by and take in the ongoing battle between the bluebirds and the swallows.  The swallows are the underdogs but they are persistent.  I just hope time doesn't run out for them and they end up with no babies this year because they can't seem to move on to find another nest site.   I have an idea they are ones that either used that particular next last year to raise their babies or they might have been the babies.  Because they are very attracted to that particular site.

Here is beautiful Tabaaha.  She had been concentrating on coloring after dinner.  She's funny as how she's only been here once before and had to check out everything.......behind doors, in drawers, closets, little boxes, anything and everything.  Girls at t his age are so curious so I really didn't mind.  I was right behind her, though, just in case......
And here we have TJ and Danielle's son, Aiden.   He's 4 years old now......growing fast and learning the ways of the world even faster....I felt good about getting his photo here and he's smiling.......He never stops moving and most of my photos of him are of the back of his head.   hahaha.....

Here I end with some of my roses from this year.  I'm just so in love with my garden this year.  You'll be seeing more as the non-ending blooms continue.   I planted about 5 plants in the garden today and I can now officially say that I've reached my limit......there is no more room for anything.  At least if I consider how ones already established are going to continue to grow larger.  It's always so tempting to get just one more little green treasure.........or red, pink, yellow, white, etc.  Or different textures....I could go that are gardeners know what  I'm talking about.

Have a good week and enjoy the warm weather...........94 degrees here today but it's a fairly dry heat.......So feel good and open yourself to Spring Fever.......