Wednesday, August 21, 2013

GARDEN PAUSE


This day I pause just for a breather.


 Just like this hummer in the backyard



and this Junco in the spruce tree


I marvel at the Korean Fir cones
on this prostrate version
so plentiful


The clematis seedpods are looking just fine.


Sniffing the grasses and small plants 
even the poppy that has popped up
after a few years of not seeing any.


These originated in Ron's Mom's garden 
almost 15+ years old.
Quite lovely.


But I think the sunset tonight
just put the topping on my perfect day.

I can only hope and pray that your day 
is just as serene and fulfilling.

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    1. It really is a great month, isn't it!!

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  2. It's nice to take breather and see the beauty all around us.
    What a beautiful sunset!

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    1. Sit and stare at anything that flits by.

      I enjoy myself with the simplest of things!

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  3. Lovely shots there Ron. The blue fir cones are wonderful. That poppy is late isn't it?

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    1. Hi Craig !
      These poppies are the papaver somniferium or Opium poppy. That's right you heard it right! Needless to say, I don't harvest them for nefarious deeds. We've always had them growing at Mom's first then here. I shook the dried seedhead pods into a paper bag, save the seeds all winter then sprinkle them everywhere in the spring. So many beautiful pale pink/orange and pale violet short-lived blossoms. Love them. All you need is one seedhead pod and you'll always have them.
      I am trying to remember the growing period. They haven't bloomed in awhile, for some reason unbeknownst to me, but I do believe they are just about on time if not a week late. No matter it lovely to see them!

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  4. I'm just amazed at the blue colour of the fir cones.

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    1. I am too, Jill !

      As soon as I saw them on a nursery tree years ago, well I just had to have one.

      Love them!!

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  5. Such gorgeous photos! It's always nice to take a break and relax in the garden.

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    1. The break is so welcomed, but you know I see something that needs pruning and something that needs to actually come down.

      Here I go again!

      Sophie will help me though!

      Ron

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  6. Ooooooh, I'd love a garden tour!
    Jane xx

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    1. Anytime you are in the Maritimes just hop on over and we'll show you around.

      Warning! Them pesky skeeters are here now and sometimes they come early and sometimes they arrive late. Life along the coast near a marshlands!

      Ron

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    2. We don't like the buzzy little critters one bit! We have an area we call mosquito alley...it's OK in February!!
      Jane x

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    3. Usually early May until Sept we deal with insects. Last year it was totally the opposite, no insects to speak of at all. I was JUST hoping we'd never see them again. One other phenomena is that 95% of the bat population has died due to a virus and they say it'll take 3 years to get the bat population back to norm. In the mean time insects prevail!!

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  7. After your gorgeous photos, my day is at least MORE serene...

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    1. So glad you feel some serenity, Mitch!

      I always do from early morning to late evening.

      Of course Sophie gets me out there more than not, love her for that!

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  8. Sophie Doodle, your garden is lovely and peaceful! Especially when I'm usually looking at dry, high prairie! Those blue Korean fir cones are stunning. I don't think I've ever seen them before. I hope that last night was uneventful and that you didn't have to go into SuperDuperDoodleGoddess mode! Take care, Pretty Girl! "Hi" to the dads!

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    1. Yes these cones are beauties. As I told Jill above, I saw them and HAD to have one. Now I have more than one. I do have a tall tree and prostrate form and a gold-tipped form. They are reliable thus on my keepers list!
      Last night was fine, no bad robbers visiting. Still keeping vigilant though!

      Ron

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  9. What gorgeous photos, Sophie! Our mom's favorite is the poppy, of course!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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    1. Your Mom has good taste, this poppy is the Opium Poppy!!

      Surprise!!

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  10. A gorgeous sunset, but that first picture of you, still and at peace in your garden is my favorite.

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    1. Yes IngerDoodle, Sophie loves this resting spot under the cherry tree near the driveway where she can keep her eye on all the excitement at the vet's place. Tonight the place is quiet, thus the contemplative visage, so sweet!
      Our sunsets have been almost blood orange red lately!

      Ron

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  11. Those are beautiful pictures....have a wonderful day!!

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    1. Thanks, we love our little place so much.

      You have a great day too!

      Sophie and the Guys!

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  12. Hi Sophie and dads, just found your lovely blog. We love your beautiful beach that you get to run on, what lovely photos.

    Julie and Poppy Q
    xxx

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    1. OH hi there you sweet little grey furball!

      We love kitties here too. However we haven't had one living with us for a very long time. Our last kitty Rita, named after Rita Hayworth a movie star was so special but passe away almost 10 years ago now. We saved her ashes and just sprinkled them in her favourite sleepy place under a big maple tree last month. It took that long to do this but we figured it was time.
      Your Poppy Q is so special looking. Love the grey with yellow eyes. They really "pop" out (pun intended)
      Thanks for joining and I'm heading over to your NZ world now.

      Hugs from around the world.
      Sophie Doodle is snoozing now or she would have keyed all this in to you.

      Ron

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  13. Oh gosh- the photos are incredibly gorgeous!
    love
    tweedles

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    1. Hi Sweetums!

      I love my garden and I help the guys whenever they need my consultation!!

      wink wink

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  14. Late summer looks beautiful from your garden paradise.

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    1. Some things are browning up and fading away, but there is always something that catches one's eye!

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  15. Your photos are stunning...and that header is spectacular!!!

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    1. Imagine having your photo taken while dealing with your nose!!

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  16. Sophie you look lovely . These pictures are amazing me ,they are just gorgeous !
    The pups are all sleeping so I snuck on myself today to see what all the happy barking is about when they visit your site . SO glad I peeked it is lovely here.
    Hugs to you beautiful Sophie and to your wonderful photographer.
    xox Willow ... I am sure the pups will want to peek in later ;)

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    1. Hi Ho Willow, yes do let the pups "bark on down" anytime!!

      Have a great day/evening!!

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