Saturday, August 24, 2013
Yellow House and Other Things
Here’s a little peek at one front corner of the finally finished yellow house. I’m hard pressed to come up with a photo that doesn’t focus too much on the battered and bruised flower beds. I would love to have a summer that for once doesn’t involve a home improvement project that wreaks havoc on the garden.
This is the back. It’s our dog yard and utility area, but it’s also where we like to drink our morning coffee in the summertime. Next year there will be flower-filled pots hanging outside those windows and sitting on the steps. The brown lattice on the wall in the background will have baskets of flowers hanging on it as well. I’m hoping I can talk Rich into painting the lattice white, but I hate to mention it at this point.
There’s a treat bush in the dog yard, growing on a stump by the back fence. They’re salal berries, a native plant. If you’re familiar with Saskatoon berries, you’ll have an idea of their flavor. Saskatoons are plumper, easier to pick, a little more sophisticated. Salal berries are quite good, but it’s almost impossible to pick them without squishing them. Wally and LuLu simply strip them off the bush. Funny, as much as they love treats, they don’t pay any attention to the treat bush until I point it out to them.
I cut back a hydrangea the other day. It was overdue and most of its flowers were done, anyway. It sits in the sun and blooms and finishes earlier than the others. I filled a vase with the salvageable blooms and added a couple from another bush. They are gorgeous, aren’t they? I hardly ever cut a bouquet, but hydrangeas do last well as cut flowers.
There’s LuLu in the shade with a lace cap hydrangea beyond her. There are still a few blooms on the butterfly bush. The purple and blue are a cool and restful combination, certainly prettier when both bushes are in full bloom.
There’s not much to this photo, but I love how the sun dappled path draws you into the woods.
I’m glad you could come visit today. Let’s enjoy summer while we can, okay? See you again soon!