Another Garden Tour

This time I was able to tour my friend Judy’s garden a few miles from my house…..and I didn’t need my purse again! Ha!

Admittedly I missed the height of blooming time. It I wanted to visit Mike and Judy when they were home with their dogs, Gus and Claire. If you’ve been a long time reader you’ll remember I used to board Gus, a yellow English lab and Claire, a Cairn Terrier and I think they might have even remembered me. I sure remember them!

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Loved this iron garden art built by Mike when he was in college.

This is Gracie, the resident cat and the only one left due to coyotes in the area.

Loved this old feed shed!

These were the most beautiful phlox I’ve ever seen – deep rose pink!

Judy and I share a love of broken crockery – this charming piece was in the rock garden.

The hollyhocks that grow in many places on the farm were here when Mike’s grandparents lived on the farm.

Look at this majestic old weeping willow!

I took pictures of the pole bean trellises in her vegetable garden so I could show Rick for next year. It would be so much easier to pick the beans!

Garden tours two days in a row! I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of Gus and Claire – darn! The gardens were beautiful and lots of work, I know! Thanks, Mike and Judy!

And here’s a funny story about yesterday where we ate lunch. After I handed our waitress $25 in one dollar bills, she came to me and said, “Are you a dancer?” I said, “Do I look like a dancer?” She chuckled and said, “One never knows – you paid in one dollar bills!” Hahaha!

I also have information from several readers about those giant lily pads I asked about. Fiona wrote to me as well as Brenda whose son’s pond is shown here. He says these are the Victoria. The ones with the red streaks through them are called Fox Fire. His pond is his stress reliever …. and I can see why. It is lovely!

And so the hot dog relish season begins. I will write it all in a separate post so you’ll be able to find it in the future. Recipe and step by step photos will follow.

16 thoughts on “Another Garden Tour

  1. Carolyn Boutilier

    Mary, love all the garden pictures. Two years ago I put in double holly hocks and they were beautiful along the fence. they did not come back like I had hoped. this year I planted 4 plants that came from Walmart. I babied them but they did not make it. However, God blessed me with a huge sunflower instead from last years sunflower. Next year I will get them from a nursery. Received my cobblestone pattern. thank you.
    I am going to keep $ bills in my car in case I get in the same predicament.
    Carolyn B

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn – let’s hope you’re never as preoccupied as I was! On the other hand I’m putting that mo eye back in my car – haha!

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn – forgot to say that I love hollyhocks and Connie hates them. I can’t get them to grow either. Maybe I need a plant from Judy’s patch.

  2. Donna 🐱

    Mary I have a question. We’re you and Connie working on a new book and if so has it been published?
    Name or when it might be published? Maybe I just imagined this or I already own it….my mind isn’t what it used to be and my sewing room is a tad messy right now 😉
    Thanks Mary

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Donna – no, you did not imagine it! The book will be out next year, can’t say for sure what the name will be but it’s Civil War Quilts which means you don’t already own it. I have purchased books twice so I understand!

  3. Jan VanDeWalle

    Love the garden tours, and the quilts you share. And love all the dogs and other critters on your farm.
    I live on a small 33 acre farm in NW Oregon, we only raise hay now that we are older, and folks buy it out in the field. We have hilly ground so my yard is not flat. I love gardening but it is becoming a bit too much for me so need to hire help , the grandkids have moved on to better paying jobs, and very busy lives, two in college one in high school and one in the fourth grade. Wish I still had your energy to keep up with all the chores, but I put along as best I can . The heat has been bad this year and water is at a premium, people think it always rains here but we have been very dry for a few years now. Major drought in most of the state. Smoke from fires around the state are blowing into the Willamette Valley the last few days.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jan -I, too, thought you had plenty of moisture. I hope your drought ends soon -can’t be good for the hay business.

  4. Martha Engstler

    Back to forgetting your purse, I did that too but left it in the restaurant where we had breakfast. In a panic I called the restaurant and it was there on the floor where I left it and the waitress (who I knew) took it home with her till I returned. I bought a small purse with my husbands credit card and he was able to get some money at a bank. Not a good way to start a week vacation. Love all your garden and pond pictures.

  5. Sue

    A. I can’t believe she thought you were a dancer and
    B. Don’t you wish we still could? I sure wish I could.

    Love these garden tours. Those lily pads are fantastic.

  6. Pat Smith

    Really great pictures of plants and butterflies both today and yesterday. I enjoyed them all. You recently joined my decade, and now you know what this decade has in store—forgetting things! Thank you for providing the entertainment for our beer time tonight—we are both howling at the comment from the waitress wondering if you are a dancer. One of my daughter’s friends graduated from college and became a dancer. She invested her money with her father’s help, but he guessed the truth from all the one dollar bills. Still, she bought a condo with money—a pretty good investment.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Pat Smith – so glad I could provide a chuckle! Your visit is my post tomorrow! It’s been a week of meeting up with friends – you’re up next!

  7. Kris Gavin

    Haha… I think the next time I pay with singles, I will casually mention I’m a dancer and see if I get a reaction… thanks for posting all the beauty… till next time. (I have been diligently clicking on the adverts, a couple of times… )

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kris -THANK YOU FOR CLICKING ON THE ADS! I so appreciate it and it helps pay the bill for this blog time on the server. The photos are what everyone enjoys but they also cost the most.

  8. Brenda archambault

    Only $1 per dance? With inflation, it should be at least $5 per!
    Love all your garden pictures, both yesterday and today.

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