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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sunny Days Make Happy Pups and Pretty Flowers


Don’t they look cozy?  I always thought Wally and LuLu looked nice with yellow.  The flowers behind them are Million Bells, a new favorite.  They bloom profusely and never need trimming or deadheading.  I’ll be planting more next year.

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I tried my best to get some good landscape shots of the garden, but for one reason or another they didn’t turn out well.  I always love this view of the deck, though, where I’m surrounded by color and I can change it up every year depending upon what I plant in the pots.  I plant more every year and spread them around the garden.  We have quite a deer problem and I’ve grown weary of sacrificing herbaceous perennials to their appetites.  At least the annuals grow right back, but it’s still aggravating when the deer stroll right up to the deck and nip the blooms off the geraniums (which they especially love). 

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Here you can see a little more of the new yellow on the house.  Rich is on the home stretch this week.  It doesn’t seem like it should take so long, but with two coats of primer and two coats of color it’s like painting the house four times.  And all with a brush and roller.  We can’t use a sprayer here because of the wind.  Honestly, if Rich doesn’t do another single chore this summer I’ll be okay with that.

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Have yourself a beautiful day!  We’ll visit again soon, I hope.

23 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a gorgeous day today...hot here, and oh so windy too! And darned if the slugs haven't ate most of my flowers...a first for me. YUCK!

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  2. Love, love, love all of the beautiful color. (And of course the "kids".) Is the Million Bells an annual? It looks like a plant that I bought.

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  3. Wow Leslie, your gardens are beautiful and so colorful! By the way Goldens look beautiful with any color!

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  4. The house looks Beautiful in its Yellow glory...Wow it is like painting it 4 times.... will at least it wont have to be painted for quite some time when it's finished :) I'm sure that's what's keeping Rich going too. Oh Yes the garden on the deck is just so pretty, it must make you smile when you look out and walk out there each day....!

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  5. I love looking at your gardens. It's exactly the way I want my house to look with all the explosions of color all around and so many different gorgeous plants. I'm working on it. The house looks fabulous with the yellow and all the pretty plants and then of course there is Wally and Lulu to dress it all up fine! They are gorgeous too and I love seeing their happy smiling faces each week.

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  6. Francie in MontrealJuly 21, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    Your photos would probably increase the sales of the magazine, Better Homes, Gardens and Goldens. They are spectacular! The colours are glorious; the pups looks like they are enjoying themselves immensely and your house is coming along beautifully.

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  7. Beautiful gardens and goldens...I hear you about the deer problem, but I planted bee balm around and they don't like it and seem to stay away in the summer, but they sure rummage around in it in the winter months...they especially love my tulips and lilies!! I visited "Joans Gardens" yesterday, that is the name of her blog too, and wish I had taken pictures, it was beautiful all around her house too...I just love summer, thanks for sharing!!

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  8. Your garden is looking so lovely. I always enjoy pictures of the goldens, too, of course.

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  9. I love how your gardens look - especially those Million Bells! I have to look into them - no dead heading - that's for me! Wally & Lulu look very comfortable!

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  10. Gorgeous Doggies, yellow cottage style home and amazingly beautiful flowers. I can't wait to see the house completely finished soon. Rich has done a beautiful job with his detailed painting. What a perfectionist...just like you :-) TFS

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  11. Leslie, beautiful pictures of both the goldens as well as your flowers. Your gardens are breathtaking, love the variety of colours, and I too must look into the Million Bells plant next year. Thanks for sharing - oh and Rich has done a wonderful job at painting - love it!!

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  12. Wow sure sounds like a lot of work but it looks great, I can't even get the energy to get out there and paint the shed. Wow I am surprised the deer come up to the deck with your dogs so close. Those flowers do look beautiful and no dead heading sounds great!

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  13. Your garden is a slice of heaven, Leslie! And Rich is doing a fab job with the painting, a chore that never seems to end. :)

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  14. Your photos always transport me to a happy place! Whether it is your beautiful flowers or the equally beautiful Wally & LuLu, it always brings a smile to my face. LOVE the yellow house! I think it was the perfect choice! Have a great week!

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  15. What a huge task to paint you house - oh my gosh! It looks great. And your flowers are gorgeous. And Wally and Lulu are beautiful!

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  16. Gorgeous photo of Wally and Lulu they are enjoying sunning themselves in your beautiful colourful garden
    The colour of your house stands out so well and combined with the colours in your garden makes a stunning Photo
    Take care
    Hazel G

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  17. Wonderful pic of those beautiful puppies. Love your yellow house & big high five to your husband for doing such a stand up job! Even with deer munching at your flowers, your garden is so amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Leslie, I love your yellow house! It is going to be just wonderful. Your little ones are still so cute and I love seeing them!

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  19. Leslie, you'd never know you have a deer problem. Your gardens are gorgeous! We too have a deer problem. We buy plants that the garden center says are deer resistant. I wish someone would teach the deer to read those tags on plants! They seem to eat many of the plants that we're told they won't eat. Your dogs look so sweet in the sun. I love warm summer days and the drowsy feeling the sun gives. It makes us slow down and focus on resting. Thanks for the rays of sunlight today.

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  20. Love me some million bells! I love to fill my pots with all different kinds each year. Your garden is beautiful! Too bad the deer like it too, but they are so sweet :)

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  21. Your garden looks like a fantasy to me. What a beautiful place to be. xo

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  22. What a beautiful garden of color. Wow you must live close to woods then if deer just waltz right into your yard and eat the flowers. Wally & Lulu look so peaceful there.

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  23. I want to live in your garden. I just feel good every time I visit Goldens and Gardens.

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