Friday, May 25, 2007

Our Bloomin Yard

As Eric mentioned a while back, we have a porch swing on our deck in the back yard. It's a wonderful place to sit and enjoy my morning coffee, even if I do have to have my blankie on my legs cuz it's still so chilly in the mornings. I love to watch the birds - we have baby birds in the birdhouse now - and watch the sun sparkle off the dewy leaves. And it's a really nice spot to sit and ruminate with Eric and a bowl of ice cream after dinner.

We've been busy in the backyard, planting this and potting that, hanging this and putting up that, and I'm really enjoying watching things grow and bloom. We have lots of plans for improvements, but it's been slow going as time and finances allow only small ones here and there.

A few pics from our backyard this week:
The dew forms on the strawberry leaves in the most interesting way. There are little drops on every point of the leaf. In the sunshine they sparkle like prisms.
Another shot of the strawberry leaves and their dew.

This is a clematis flower. They are a good 10 to 12 inches across, and the entire plant is 8 feet tall and just covered with blooms. Very impressive.

This is what they look like after they lose their petals.

Then they turn into this. These last two are from previous years.

This is a close-up of our neighbor's rhododendron. They are all over the neighborhood, and some of them, like this one, are as tall as the houses. We have one in our yard that size, too.
I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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