Monday, May 22, 2017

Garden Work and DAR Conference

What a weekend!  I'll start with yesterday, Sunday.  The farm boys, Dayle, Travis and the boys were all working away and Kristi was in peak gardener mode.  I was called on for questions on what I wanted chopped off where and all.  :-) While I was advising I was also photographing.  I promised you a photo of my very favorite of our Rhododendrons.. here it is.  I mean.. look at that color!  It's my fave color of all.  


This one has the most interesting budding look.. 


Which opens up to look like this!



Kristi spent an hour hand clipping on this bush and that's when I told her I didn't like it and wanted to open up the garden there, so she texted Travis.. bring the chainsaw.. and it took him 2 minutes to cut it all down to 1 foot tall.


The pink Rosebud Azalea is almost at it's prime bloom.  :-)


Behind it to the right is a red-orange Mandarin Honeysuckle that I planted several years back.. it's getting riotous!



The first to open up.



My variegated dwarf Bamboo had gotten quite bold and was growing beyond the footprint I'd envisioned so Kristi has chopped it to the ground all around it.. now to see what it does next.  :-)



The Bloomerang Lilac is in full flower.. I love it!


The flowers are beginning to bloom in our big hanging baskets.



The orange azalea is continuing to stun every day.



The Siberian Irises are starting to bloom, there will be a lot of them!



I love how simple and wild they look.


And the beautiful throat of them.


Dayle started the burn pile yesterday.. his trusty assistants in attendance.



It got up to 85 deg. F yesterday and more irises popped out in bloom before our very eyes.



On Saturday I attended the Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference in Wilsonville, OR.  A snap of our President General, Ann Dillon, giving her speech to us.  She travelled from Washington DC to attend our conference.  I was charmed to hear how funny she was at the beginning of her message to us.  


This isn't the best image as I was sitting near the back of the large room.  


Then the Oregon State DAR Chorus sang and were joined by the Intel Singers - the chorus leader works at Intel and she organized a group that sings together during their lunch hour.  They sang a version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.


Portland Chapter and Associates pose for a photo with our Regent, Diane, the State Regent Alice and President General Ms. Dillon.  I'm 3rd from the left and my sister Roberta is 3rd from the right.  To learn more about DAR, click HERE.

Our son Travis went fishing after work with his friend Ernie and caught this Spring Chinook Salmon!  We had it for dinner last night and it was delicious!  Kristi served it with wild rice and mixed vegetables.


Dayle and I went to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant, Dragon Palace, and when we exited I was charmed to see it was lit up beautifully and the colors changed as I stood there snapping away, from red, to blue to green to purple and yellow and orange, it was pretty neat!  And their prawns with honey walnuts is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!



I'm so happy that the warm weather has returned.. I've got some tidying to do around here for a visit in two weeks by my cousins Nancy and Melanie from Oklahoma and their two husbands.  They have never been here and I'm excited to show them around. OK.. off to go swimming soon.  I wish for you a lovely week.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Farmyard Safari

Hello!  Want to join me on a walkabout around the grounds of our 100 year old farm place?  OK!  Let's start with how the orange Exbury Azalea is blooming so beautifully!  A delight for the eyes!  I think it's name is Mandarin Lights.


A bit of a zoom.. oh pretty.


I had gotten a big purple Rhododendron a few years ago but it did not make it.. so Kristi got a replacement for me.  :-) I think it's name is Purple Passion.


Our old 10 foot tall pink Rhodie.


Kristi planted this pink Hydrangea in a bigger pot until it is ready to plant in the ground.


The White Azalea is in prime bloom and the Iris are beginning to bloom!  Kristi planted some Marigolds in front of the Iris, I can't wait to see how they do there.


The Pink Rosebud Azalea is nearing full bloom.  It's a big old bush!


The Lily-of-the-Valley loves this cool shady front walk of ours.


See.. still pretty.


Looking across the circular driveway the massive bright pink Rhododendron is approx. 20 feet tall!


We have several of these colored rhodies on the property, these are in front of the house.


Aren't they divine?


I looked up at the sun shining through the giant pin Oak tree - oh thank you sun for coming back to us! :-)


The Star of Bethlehem is in bloom, too.  Sweet flowers.


The first Iris to bloom.


White Azalea.


I was very pleased to see that Kristi was clearing the spent daffodil leaves that were crowding the poor little lace leaf Japanese Maple.  Next she is going to cut back the dwarf variegated bamboo which may be going on the chopping block as it's exceeding the footprint I was hoping it would stay within.


I said hello to the hens and chick-lets.  We got a new water system for the chickens that will keep the water CLEAN.. the little girls are using it but we haven't seen the older hens try it.  I hope they get used to it soon as the old waterer is icky looking.


The boys have a friend over for a sleepover and they are now out enjoying the new trampoline.  Caleb made all their lunches, Mac and Cheese!


OK.. time to head back to the house to do this blog post and have lunch.. and head to the pool!  Eek.. running late!


Ok.. did you enjoy the fresh air and sunshine?  I sure did!  Enjoy your weekend.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Flower Fairy

Yes, we have a flower fairy.  Her name is Kristi.  She had our son take her and the boys to Home Depot and they came home with lots of wonderful things!  Dayle and I came home from a meeting on Monday evening to many of our pots replanted with wonderful and exciting new flowers!  It was so cool!  She got this Gerbera Daisy that I think it so neat!  She planted a pot with this, a Martha Washington Geranium and a red Peony!


On our way to town yesterday we passed this field in Springdale next to the Fire Station that every year is a striking mass of Lupine.  I made a mental note to stop on our way home and get a photo.. isn't this amazing?  And all wild flowers that self seeded over decades.



They brought home this lovely and full fuchsia, too.



My old pot of chives has gotten LOTS of water this year and it's never been so tall with such big flowers.  Love them.


Kristi potted this one up and I love these flowers and have never had one.. but it had no tag and we don't know what it is.  Readers?  She also put in a dark read "corn" type plant for height.  (ETA - The pink flower is a Mandevilla Dipladenia Pink.)


I'd gone out on the deck to take photos with my iPhone as I can't find the battery charger for my Lumix (grrrrr) and noticed that Simba was there.. I'm happy to say he stayed there while I walked around the deck so he must be trusting me more, which is good.


Kristi got me this cool re-blooming lilac last year, I think it's clever name is "Bloomerang Purple".  Ha!  But it's doing well and filling out and blooming prettily.


The kids bought 2 big pots of flowering hanging baskets for Mother's Day, they're just beginning but will turn into quite the show stoppers.



Kristi also noticed that our older Jasmine was not doing super well so she bought two more big plants and planted them for us.  :-)



This is the pretty Peony she got.. have you ever noticed how cameras have a problem with bright colors?


This is the wettest Spring on record for us.. but let me tell you.. the Hostas are HUGE and full as never before!


Kristi planted this wonderful orange Exbury Azalea last year and it's doing very well in the space where she put it.



A closer shot of the new type lilac, it smells the same as the old style ones.



Here are a few other things awaiting their new pot.. it's going to be colorful around here this summer!  Thank you Kristi and Travis!!


Do you plant flowers around your home?  What is your favorite variety?  Do share with us!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)