We've been doing a bit of gardening. Last Sunday, (yah, I know I promised to post this earlier this week, but I've been busy, okay?) This is a Peace Rose, just opening. I took the picture on a foggy morning, and didn't even know what I'd captured 'till I opened the picture. Ain't serendipity fun?
We removed about 9 Mexican Heather plants from the side bed and I put in 3 rose bushes. One "Peace" rose, a rose called "Cherry Parfait" and a pink rose that promises that it will be very fragrant. The rest of the room in the bed is taken up with daylilys of various kinds and colors. I'm hoping for a very colorful summer.
This is a yellow rose (dang, I forgot to bring the name with me, and I'm blogging from work (before the kids get here, between private students). We took out another 5 or so Mexican Heathers from that area of the bed that runs right in front of the house. There are some more daylilys in pots behind it. I'm going to be taking the daylilys out and replanting them in the ground in the side bed.
This bed was where there had been a large juniper tree. We took it out because it blocked the view of and out of the front door. We put a row of 16 inch pavers between it and the driveway, with the idea that it would be a good "getting out" area and approach to the house. It was, but just not wide enough. So.... the good Sr. M came out and did some re-engineering of the area.
We ended up with putting another 16 inch paver and a half (8 inch) paver row between the old pavers and the new bed. Now, I have a nicer approach to the house and an easier time of getting out of the van when both cars are in the driveway. We planted the bed with purple, white and red petunias, a few volunteer allysiums from last year and about a 1/3 of the stand of lemon grass that was there. We replanted the rest of the lemon grass on the sunny side of the house. I'll have to take pictures and tell about that another time.
And here, are two more smallish beds I've got in the front yard. I do have a picture of the whole thing, but it didn't make it here to work. Hey, I've got to have something to post later, huh? The octagonal one on the right has miniature daylilles, petunias, pansies, and a varigated bouganvilla. The bouganvilla got bit by that frost last month and is still recovering.
Don't you just love this dog? He really is as sweet as he looks here.
The news. Well. We've not been able to get Brain Dog into remission. We're trying one last nasty chemo drug, and if that doesn't work, then. We'll have to say good bye. It's going to be hard.
This is Chucky. Or Charles. Or NO! DOG!. I'm beginnng to think he recognizes the last name better than the others. We'll have to see.
We've been trying to figure out the parentage of this dog. Honestly? He's got the head and face of a friendly beagle. The coloration of a Doberman.. but not the size (he's about 32 lbs). His body is the conundrum. He doesn't look like any dog I was familiar with... and then? At the Vet's office it suddenly struck me. The dang dog looks like a coyote. Long legs, up thrust back end, strong front legs and all. When I mentioned it to the Vet she took a double take at him and said "Good GRIEF! He DOES!" Sigh. I've got a feeling he's going to be an interesting challenge for a while. He's about 2 years old, so it's liable to be a loooong while.
We're thinking of renaming him Wiley. The cat's name for him is unprintable by the way. I don't use such language myself, but Lady Spitfire's had a salty tongue from the beginning. She's still under the bed, in spite of the fact that Chucky/Wiley/NO DOG!! keeps asking her out to play.
She is not a happy cat just now.