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Monday, May 19, 2014

Pink, Orange, and Gold



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Hello, friends! There is a lot more going on than my absence of posts would indicate. I’m in the swing of spring and have been busy with the annual planting of the flower pots. There’s not much to share in that regard yet, since the plants are so young, so today I would like to invite you into the garden where the perennial favorites have faithfully returned.

I photograph this azalea every year and I never get tired of it.  It’s a large bush planted on the upper level, but its blooms spill some distance down the garden steps, as well.


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The bear will not remain in this spot.  He was purchased on a road trip in Northern California in 1972.  Made of redwood and impervious to rot, he had become overgrown in another patch of garden.  We fished him out but have not yet found him a new home:


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How about some gold?


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More pink.  Foxgloves this time:


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A brilliant orange azalea, surprisingly full of bloom considering how the deer ate it down its first two years in the garden.  I have two of these side by side.  This is just one.  They’re quite small yet, but I can imagine the “wow” factor when they’re full grown:


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More gold – Golden Wally:


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And golden LuLu:


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Please come visit again in a day or two.  I love it when you stop by!

18 comments:

  1. I always love visiting you!

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  2. What beautiful colors you have in the garden. Love the golds! Our gardens aren't as far along as yours so I love to look at your garden. The orange azalea is just striking. Enjoy your time in the garden.

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  3. Oh such beautiful colors... your azaleas are just Lovely, but I must say the Golds are my Fav!!!
    Can't wait to see the pots when they start to shine!!

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  4. wow, what gorgeous...gorgeous flowers. so many beautiful colors and your babies look at home in all this loveliness.

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  5. thank you for the tour of your lovely garden, Leslie. I can smell the pretty flowers, and feel the golden happiness you share with your two silkie fur children. That top photo would be beautiful on a blog header! It brings me great job to walk out in my lanai or front porch and smell the flowers. It's too hot for flowers now, and the geraniums are shedding their petals. One of the pink pots had over 50 blossoms at one time. The colorful caladiums are now coming up, and they will provide shade for "dormant" annuals and perennials until the caladiums die back in late Sept and the annuals/perennials pop up again. But we must container garden because of the nature of the soil in our area of Florida. Thank you for sharing your fox gloves - they do not grow here. I always feel "loved" when visiting this blog - like I'm being invited to your home for a little special attention. Thank you, my dear friend. hugs, de

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  6. Your garden is SO beautiful, Leslie! I just can not imagine what it looks like in real life! It almost makes me want to plant some flowers ... nope, I'm over it! :) I'll just enjoy yours from afar. Great pictures of the kids, too.

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  7. Oh what a delightful post! The foxgloves...I have always loved those flowers but didn't have a clue what they were called....everything is so beautiful and how do you keep you Golden's so clean....love the bear too. :)

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  8. DID you know that I fantasize about visiting the Oregon Coast one day and visiting you and your lovely garden? I'm a stalker for sure...and the tourism will be boosted there when they find out about your garden....you should charge a fee! :)

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  9. If you have an extra bedroom, you ought to consider a bed & breakfast! People would pay big bucks just to sit in the middle of all those glorious, gorgeous flowers & relax! Your yard is more beautiful than any spa! And having the "kids" around for company would be just extra incentive!

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  10. I bet they enjoy going out in the garden while you work, such beautiful plants you have, it would be hard to tear yourself away and go inside I am sure.

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  11. Hasn't it just been the most Glorious Spring for colorful blooms and many shades of green?!? TFS your garden beauties and the pups Leslie :-)

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  12. Breathtaking! You are so fortunate to have such a green thumb and also to have two beautiful goldens! They both add just the right touch to your garden!

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  13. Beautiful colours in your garden Leslie, and the gold colours are soooo cute.

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  14. Such great pictures - I love foxgloves and yours looks so beautiful - and of course your best friends are always gorgeous!

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  15. All the flowers look fabulous Leslie. I love that last photo of Lulu in the purple flowers. The foxgloves are gorgeous. I don't think that they will grow here in the hot Summer heat of Texas. Sad.

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  16. What a lovely tour through your garden. I love Azalea's. Loved how the one cascades over the stones. Foxglove are really pretty. Oh and the "Gold" in the garden is just fabulous. They are such beautiful animals.

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  17. Wow, amazing colors...I want to come over, grab a nice cold iced tea, sit on your patio, take in the beauty and pet your "golden babies"...I am only about 11 states away...when can I come..LOL...don't I wish!!! Beautiful plants and Wally and Lulu fit right in there!!

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  18. I feel as though I am actually there walking through your gardens when I look at your pictures. They are so vibrant in colour, and all so beautiful. Love the pics of Wally and Lulu, especially the last photo of Lulu amongst the purple flowers! Now that we are having some warmer temps, I am going to get my flowers planted tomorrow.

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