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Decker Garden


The Decker Garden is off the deck.  Clever, eh?  Okay, so not a lot of brain power was invested in any of the garden names--they are descriptive or utilitarian.  The Decker Garden contains one of my favorite roses--Aloha--the pink beauty you see above.
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Spring Was Lovely While It Lasted


We've had the lush spring flush of the roses, and they are currently resting up for their next blooming.  The photo of their blooms remain, however.  It's been hot and mostly dry, so harvest is in full swing for wheat.  We'd had such a long winter, we thought harvest would be late, but plenty of rain and hot temperatures made up for lost time.  I may have some photos of combines in action once I check my camera.  I was driving down the highway, snapping away, but I haven't looked to see if I captured anything.  I don't look at my camera as I'm driving, so I never know what I've photographed until I download.  It really is a bad habit, but I'm probably a better driver then, because I'm so overly attentive.  I'd never accept that excuse from my children, though!
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Pick-For-Me Challenge - July Edition

From kiwiria:



Hi all!

It's time to sign up for the July Edition of the Pick-For-Me Challenge.

To sign up, post a comment with a link to your To-Be-Read list (be it on Goodreads, in a blog post, a google document... whatever! as long as it's publicly available). On June 25th I will close the sign-ups and assign a buddy for everybody.

Each person has until June 30th to pick 2 books (main choice + backup) from their buddy's TBR-list that they want them to read for the month of July.

End of July we'll return and talk about the books we've read.

I hope you'll want to play along! :-)

Feel free to spread the word on your own blogs - the more, the merrier :)


You know those books in your teetering to-read stack that you just never get around to reading?  This brings them to the top of the stack.  I've read some gems this way.  Join here.

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Everything's Cool!


Welcome to my shade garden, the Dark Side.  This area is beneath the sycamore, and once it leafs out, the entire area there--and most of our neighbor's yard is in shade.
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You'd think the Compost Garden was the homeliest planting area in the yard.  You'd be wrong!  But before we go further, allow me to introduce you to Cardinal Hume.  I like his purplish-red blooms, but he has a tendency to blackspot and he is sprawly.
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Compost Garden

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Probably the prettiest part of the Compost Garden is what peeks over the fence from Sick Bay!  Cottage Rose, a David Austin rose, is a good candidate for a rose near the gate.  She seems content to stay slim and not attack those coming and going.  I like Cottage Rose (I have two), but she is a floppy girl.  If you want to grow her, plan on giving her a fence, trellis, or pillar to prop her up.  As it is, even with the fence, the poor girl got all tangled and top heavy in the strong winds we had last week.  I actually took a chair out to her and piled her canes onto it until I have time to untangle her and chop her back.  I'll wait until her heavy blooming is done.  Rose growing must be so simple in places without 70 mph winds.
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Gargoyle Garden

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See that tiny red rose in the blue pot?  It's the best smelling rose in my garden.  Francis Dubreuil is far too tender to live here, but I buy him as an annual and keep him on the deck so that I can easily smell his blooms when I walk by.  Our garden smells heavenly this time of year!

But I brought you here to introduce you to the Gargoyle Garden, which you can see in the upper left of the photo.
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Swan Garden


In addition to the Corner Garden in the front yard is our Swan Garden, so named because, look, a swan!
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Corner Garden


Beauty is fleeting!  One must enjoy it while one may.  Although my center rose, Quietness (a Dr. Griffith Buck creation), hadn't blossomed to her full potential, it was time to take photos as we had several days of severe thunderstorms, hail, extreme wind, and tornadoes forecast.  My poor, poor roses.  They are bedraggled currently, and I'll have to cut many canes back that have broken.  But, it was beautiful while it lasted!  This is the Corner Garden.
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