Tuesday, June 17, 2008

In the Garden (or 'careful how you water your dogs...they might grow)...
When we found this house, I was so excited. It was the first place, since I left my parents' house (a long time ago) that I would have space for gardening. We moved into the house a week after a horrendous snow storm, in February.
We had no idea what it would look like in the spring. We were pleasantly surprised when tulips came up...




When the rhododendrons bloomed...we were tickled to find that we had three different colors!



Hubby couldn't wait to cut the grass (we bought the tractor before we moved in...he was so excited). He did a beautiful job (if you don't consider the battle with the moles or the time he set the front hill on fire trying to get rid of the yellow jackets)...(those are great stories for another time)




The little pond thawed and we cleaned out tons of rotten leaves...yuck!

We found all kinds of things growing...we planted some things...some lived...more did not...






This will be our fifth summer in the house on the hill. I still feel like a princess when I come down the stairs each morning...


and like a zoo keeper when I let the dogs out after that.

Last summer, after the pavers finished our drive, we planted a perennial bed and made an herb garden. This year the perennials really took off!


Complete with a place for Princess, our head mouser, to hide!

And of course, Andy cleaned out the pond...



First Linda, then Bill, learned how to drink out of that fancy, raised dog bowl in the perennial bed...





And then they learned to share!



And then Bill learned about the portable water bowl and preferred it, especially when Dad offered it!


Today, while Daddy was at work, Bill tried to get a drink out of the portable drinking bowl...






He tried real hard, but nothing would come out!



Then Dad came home and showed him how to put more water in it...




You didn't even have to tip it over now...and you could invite your friends to drink at the same time!


How cool is that???




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How cool is THAT?

14 comments:

sherriknits said...

You always have such fun posts.
Your home is beautiful! When I first saw the snow, it didn't even look strange to me because we have such cold weather here and aren't used to getting snow when everyone else does...we're not used to getting warm weather when everyone else does either. lol
Love the portable bowl! :)
Thanks for visiting my site and leaving such a kind comment. I have become a regular here, too.

Debra said...

Hello! I'm off to sleep with a giggle because of your nutty dogs! You must go through a lot of portable watering holes. Looks like they can't hurt the 'fancy' one though! Your home is incredible. I'm so glad you visited me! I love to knit too; I just haven't gotten around to blogging about that yet. Your garden is beautiful too!! I'll be back! Debra

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of your garden, it is so beautiful! How cute your dogs are too. My 3 dogs do the same thing as yours, only their favorite watering hole is the fountain I have on my patio!
Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures~
Carol Anne

Jann said...

Loved your photos! You are so blessed, and I love your garden! Thanks so much for sharing it! ~Jann

carolr said...

I stumbled upon your blog, through another blog, and I love your big dogs and your big, beaautiful house. That was a nice surprise, all those tulips, and other beauties coming up! I love working in my garden. I constantly plant flowers that attract hummingbirds. By the way, I student-taught in Butler,PA!

Jan Parrish said...

Great tour. Thanks for sharing. I love your pond and those wonderful doggies. Stop by and visit mine!

Juri said...

This was such a fun blog to read...and the tour was beautiful! I just loved the gardens, and the dogs (I have two yellow labs and can appreciate the antics). Thanks for sharing!

Juri

Lynn said...

Hi, I'm still making my way around all the gardens on the tour! Your pictures are lovely. I cannot imagine living in such a beautiful old house. Mine is old, but yours is older than mine.

I really enjoyed your pictures. The dogs are great!

Lynn

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

What a stunning garden tour, and such a beautiful home! Thank you for your sweet note on my blog this evening! =)

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

Oh! what a lovely home you have...I too have a love for the strong and wonderful homes of days gone by...Your flowers were so pretty...and I am a dog lover too...I know the fun of watching them...also have a great love for cats...and my dogs and cats get along together...I have a yorkie, poodle mixed with wire hair terrier and golden retriever mixed with chow...They are all rescued dogs...they make my day! I wanted to say that all your pictures are wonderful taken....I am adding your blog to my blog site too...
Thanks for sharing your garden tour for a cure!
from the Heart of Texas!
afriendtoyou!
Judy

Teena in Toronto said...

Wow! It looks awesome! And Bill is a hoot!

Happy Blogoversary!

indicaspecies said...

Hi,
I dropped in to wish you a happy Blogoversary and find a real cool blog here. Have a great day.:)

Kare said...

Your home is so beautiful. And the dog pics, well I can never get enough of them. Wondering though how come your lawn isn't spotty like mine?? what's your secret??

Sue at Beach Bungalow said...

Hi Jan,

How's my new reading addict buddy? What's your latest 'fix' lol!

Love your house and garden. If you don't my asking, what's that pretty little blue flower by the 'raised dog bowl'? I love blue you see.

Sue