Monday, August 1, 2016

Garden Walk..























Paul Farges aka Summer Snow clematis is a winner anywhere.

That clematis takes over..and bleeds into Betty all across the arbor..to fill in where she leaves off..on a front arbor..
I love Paul Farges..if I find another..it's jumping into my car..and it's :"Start the car!:)"

Jody..from Gardenbuddies told us about it..♥

The ditch lilies..on the right side of our driveway where I have vowed to let go wild with great difficulty..are ditching it:)

And all my other favorite lilies are chiming in..
they were early also..
The coneflowers are blooming, the garage clematis..the fairy roses are almost done though..some feverfew is still in bloom and the Echinops..I love those quirky blue globes..they attract so many bees and cute fling creatures..the flying little bug is out of focus..the echinops was too high..they reach for the sky!
and Verbena Bonariensis..I bought it late as an afterthought..next yr..I am planning on having them here..there and everywhere.

So I got to hold a chicken Sunday..Chewbacca,Chewy for short.
All you have to do is cuddle them close..and hold their feet.
Those girls are treated like princesses:)
I have been studying and painting..Yuko Nagayama,Jean Haynes..
bought a couple of books and trying it all...at once..
And it's confusing.
Weather is stellar~still..
The big kids had a nice party..both passed their driving tests this morning..scooter../car.
Oy..I remember when they were 5 and 7..
Time really not stand still.That means in 5-6 years Lucas will be driving.
On that note...I will go and try to paint a few strokes~
Bonne Journée~





51 comments:

  1. My mom had clematis, and then somebody dug it up or something (raccoons?) and she was DEVASTATED. As for me, the photo of tiger lilies brings back so many memories! Thank you!

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    1. :)
      I don't think my mom knew what a clematis was..she had some roses..and portulacas:)

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  2. What a beautuful garden you have...love Ria x

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    1. Thank you Ria..it is my little hobby:)
      My only form of exercise!

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  3. Such a darling photo of two "chicks" :) Your garden is looking amazing.

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    1. Lol that's adorably said..more like an old hen and a chick;)

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  4. I'm so glad I stopped here. I have the purple globes in perennial and couldn't remember the name, nor did anyone else I asked. Echinops, thanks! Love them! And your white flowers are so pretty too.

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  5. in the perennial flower bed.

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  6. Your garden is doing lovely this time of the year! What a sweet chicken!

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    1. She is!..and beautiful brown eggs:)
      Oh..it's starting to get dry dry again!!

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  7. Thank you so much for taking us on a walk through your beautiful garden.

    Love the "chick" - they make great pets too.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Mary

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    1. Thank YOU Mary:)You too have a great week.

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  8. Your flowers are so beautiful! I have a couple of purple verbena and will plant more next year. Love them! I get so excited to see your paintings. I really need to start painting more.

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    1. You do!
      Did you bring a travel set?
      Cheap Joes has a nice one..you need to add your paints though:)

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  9. Monique, your pictures make your garden especially beautiful for August. And, love the painting you did. You are getting very good at it. I didn't know your littles were ready to drive.

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    1. Thank you Donna..you know..its been too hot to garden a lot so I am playing indoors with paints and I love it.
      We have 2 steplittles..for 10 years now..great kids..Giu was 5 ish and Adamo 7 ish..
      Adamo can drive on his own as of today.
      Giu can drive a scooter as of today.
      Oh lala..they grew up in the blink of an eye.

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  10. Your flowers are oh so beautiful Monique! Quelle Belle! (I try.) I want to plant more alliums. I love love LOVE them! Love the little winged visitor in the one photo. LOVE the photo of you with one of the chicks. She looks very comfortable. And your paintings . . . what can I say, your work is so beautiful. Mine is nothing next to yours. I just colour, you actually paint and your work is just gorgeous. I love seeing them. The children grow up far too quickly. It's almost frightening because as they are getting older, so are we! ☺ Love and hugs! xoxo

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    1. I never want to read those words again.:(
      You are a true artist and have created your own style..your own little people:) They are packed with charm.
      Everything you do.is spot on..your embroidery..sewing..everything:)
      I am just in love with painting at the moment and am trying different things....and don't know what my style is at all yet:)
      Have a great day Marie..

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    2. Well, thanks Dear friend. Its very kind of you to say. I think you have style, and its beautiful. I love it. xo

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  11. So many beautiful colours amongst your garden...
    Votre jardin semble idyllique ! Très poétique et si agréable...
    Voici ce qui manque à mon appartement, un beau jardin proche de la nature ! Vivement que je le quitte ^^
    Bonne journée

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    1. Un jour tu auras un jardin idyllique.:)
      J'en suis convaincue..en pots cela se fait aussi..pleins de bonnes choses pour tes recettes!

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  12. Your garden keeps on putting a beautiful show. Your white clematis looks like it takes up a lot of space but it is beautiful. I love the blue one too. The ditch daylilys (far better than weeds right?) look happy in that spot. Mine have mostly gone over too. I am thinking this year of asking my gardener to weed wack the perennials back later in fall as I'm not sure my left hand is going to keep up with the job. Do you remember talk oh that on gardenbuddies? Oh driving grandkids! I still remember Jerry teaching the girls to drive and the stories I could tell!

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    1. Jacques helped me last year cutting the perennials..we are not the strongest arm wise..finally on the 18th I et to see the physiatrist to see what he recommends for my shoulder.
      Like everything else..you think it will go away;)

      And decides to stay.
      I don't remember the driving talk!
      I taught the girls to drive to:) And Caroline now has the car as a summer fun car..it's 30 yrs old:)
      Tell the stories..and don't push your hand..you know Susan..she has damaged her wrist..and is in your situation now:(

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    2. Maybe I'll get Frankie for help, Jerry does not do gardening. Good luck with your trip to the physiatrist. I think as we age we lose arm strength and those darn safety caps on medicine becomes impossible! Poor Susan, I feel her pain.

      A thirty year old car! It's almost a classic. Gerarda's first day she blew through a few stop signs and red lights. The day before her driving test I insisted she go out that day to learn parallel parking. She protested wanting to do it the morning of the test. So off they went. Jerry said ok park the car which she did. Then he said ok get out and let's see how far you are from the curb. 3 feet!!! She was panic stricken. Hours later they arrived home. She did pass her first time though.

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  13. What a lovely walk through your garden - and such a surprise to see you with the chicken! I heart chickens! ( and daylillies, and the globe flower with that little tiny bee). Beautiful.

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    1. His chickens are so nice!..It's a lot of work though chickens..in winter..they are still there..so he feeds them ..water etc..it's a club med for them.
      I could see you w/ chickens:)Hope your search for a home is going well:)I look forward to that post:)

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    2. Once a chicken lover, always a chicken lover:) I used to make warm oatmeal with sunflower seeds for them in the middle of winter!

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  14. LOVING your latest watercolor!!!
    And the first picture and you huggung a chicken too!!
    And no tempting cakes to make me drool.
    THANK YOU.

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    1. THANK YOU!
      The Arches paper was a very good recommendation..;)

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  15. Love seeing your garden. Beautiful photos and the closeup of the bee is precious. Cute picture of you holding the Chewy.

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    1. If they were not so much winter work..I would love some girls here..

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  16. Needed a break and you gave me one. Just got done taking care of my neighbor's chickens for a week. She calls them "her girls" and they come running when they see you approach. They follow you everywhere. I love chickens!

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    1. Alain calls his "his girls" too..must be a opular name for chickens Abbe..I do too and I would have some if not for winter..luckily..once in a while we get egg gifted:)
      That was very nice of you!

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  17. Just look at you! So pretty and petite! I knew you would be....
    Those Clematis are gorgeous! So pretty!
    Still very hot here...and no rain! I give up!
    The weekend got all screwed up...I spent some time at Emerg at the local hospital! Geesh!
    Kids all came to the house here yesterday...me and Vivian had a swim!
    Very odd weekend, indeed!
    Enjoy your evening...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  18. What a pleasure to see all those lovely flowers on your walk. I miss that. Beautiful photography, Monique. I'll pass on holding the chicken. :)

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    1. LOL my daughter won't hold one either:)

      Oh Barbara we are again in a drought..in the sun the temp says 112F!!
      My neighbor and I were pitying our plants..there is no way we can water the perennial beds..not alowed..only by hand..so pots are doable..but not the large beds:(

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  19. Monique, the garden is lush and full of color. Mine not so much in August. I worked this morning before the heat set in, cleaning out the day lily bed. It's a constant chore after they bloom, but new growth is obvious. Hopefully by fall they will look good again. My iris look scorched and even the Blackfoot daisy is pretty sad. Well, that's August in TX. ;-(
    Chewy looks content in your arms, and Wilomenia looks right at home on your windowsill. Cute vase of flowers. Enjoyed your garden. Thanks for the walk.

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    1. Welcome home..cannot wait to hear about the Cape trip..
      My photos only show the pretty..it really must be global warming..a bit of a concern for all..even Siberia is reporting record breaking warmth.
      We have been in the 3 digits in the sun for many days with no rain..!
      So now I know what you are talking about...

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  20. So beautiful garden...the clematis is fantastic and I would love to have som chicken here!
    Always nice visiting your blog :)
    Hug, Titti

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  21. Thanks for the clematis recommendations. LOVE them all! Your garden walk was a joy this morning with my steaming cup of coffee. The sky is so blue in one of the first photos - it made me take a deep breath like I was there. Our daylilies are done now but yours are gorgeous! LOVE your chicken too :) Great shot.

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    1. My daughter took it w/ her phone..:) Thos phones can take some wonderful photos..especially of the kids/We are having an exceptional summer:)

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  22. How beautiful -- each and every photo! But my favorite is the sketchbook/watercolor page at the end! Lovely!

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  23. Love all your beautiful summer flowers, they remind me of my gardens in Maine. I hope the couple that bought our cottage are caring for them. I know how you feel about how quickly our grandchildren grow up. Our grandson is getting his drivers license this October. Time is flying by.

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  24. Monique, Your Garden is Gorgeous ♥

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