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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August House and Garden



The purple clematis bloomed again this week.
 In the background is a begonia.


The aloe in the wreath is thriving.


A reader asked me to identify the corbels on our house. One is to the left of the "C". 
We painted them, this spring, a pale green with oops paint.

We finally trimmed most of our shrubbery.
 It is a colossal job.

We need minions to help with this yard.
 Everyone around us has some.
We also need exercise therefore no minions :}



The crepe myrtles are not blooming as much this summer.
 Likely due to the frequent rain.


I do not know what this small yellow blooming tree is. 
I bought it at a neighbor's plant sale. It is about five feet tall.




The ginger lily is about to bloom for the first time. 
I am beyond excited about this. 
Many folks have told me how sweetly scented it is.

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly on the Butterfly Bush.
If you want butterflies plant one or two of these and some lantana.



Despite much rain we are trying to stay ahead of the grass and weeds
 (I mowed for an hour this morning). 
I am not saying we are successful but we are trying.
 It is a labor of love for our home that we adore.


happy gardening
Olive




38 comments:

  1. Your flowers and shrubs look amazing. The heat's about ruined all of our pretty stuff. Love that birdhouse in the first photo.

    Judy

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  2. Hi, Olive,
    It was fun reading through your latest posts, I haven't visited for quite awhile.
    I first popped over from TBL's blog, a couple of years ago.
    I like your new look here, it is crisp.
    I'm sorry to see about your Clovis, that is never easy. I think the first time I checked your blog, was because he sounded like a very interesting cat, and as well looked alot like Herbert my cat.

    I like the photos of your garden, wow, what a work of love, and it must smell heavenly.
    At the condo where I live we have a clematis of the same kind, apparently it had been very healthy, but had been neglected. However it still struggled to come up every year. We gave it some new soil, and kept it watered over the past two years, and every year it looks happier indeed. This particular plant must be very hardy I think.
    I love your clematis it looks to be thriving.
    I think the brown plate ware looks just right in the cabinet in your last post, and the black thrift curtains are great!
    So, I just really wanted to say hello!
    Wishing you very well,
    Brenda

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  3. The clematis is particularly lovely - a great shad of purple. The black swallowtail is lovely.

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  4. Your plants look really pretty. I'd forgotten about clematis reblooming. I have two, but not that pretty purple one. I've heard ginger lily has a lovely fragrance. I'm going to look at a local garden center. I've never seen them at HD or Lowes. Did you buy yours or was it a pass-a-long?

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    1. It was given to me by my friend who essentially has a daylily farm on her four acres and many many interesting plants.

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  5. Hi Olive,

    Your photographs of your beautiful garden and home are simply stunning. Clear, crisp and detailed in that natural light. What a fantastic job you've done caring and nurturing your flowers and shrubs. Kudos to you! I so enjoyed this post of your August House.

    Poppy

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  6. So much work! I know. My minions do a nice job, but have to be told to do everything. Young minions. When they tend gardens later in life, they will have a small start on method.

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  7. Pretty pretty! Our clematis only blooms in the cooler weather. It's hot tamale time here now!

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  8. It cheers me just looking at these beautiful flowers!

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  9. Olive, I love the aloe in the wreath. What a clever idea, it looks so delicate hanging there. All your flowers are beautiful.

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  10. Gorgeous pictures. I love the one of the butterfly - beautiful

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  11. The yellow tree is beautiful and I look forward to seeing the ginger in bloom:@)

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  12. You are going to love the ginger lily! Be prepared for the migrating hummers to find it. They will be fighting over the blooms. Also it will spread so make sure it is where you want a bunch. Our dog Scout has eaten about fifty roots over the last year, but fortunately he could not eat them all. Would you be my minion?

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    1. Haha I need a volunteer minion. The ginger lily is spreading. I have an affinity for plants that are invasive or that spread out. Another reason why my garden is a jungle this year.

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  13. Gorgeous flowers . . . beautiful Butterfly Bush, magenta color, right? Or is that Crepe Myrtle? I look forward to seeing pictures of the Ginger Lily. Beautiful Olive . . .

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    1. That's a crepe myrtle. The butterfly bush is a lavender color.

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  14. Hello Olive... wow, your gardens are looking beautiful!... much of mine has pooped out in our heat... but several years ago, I rescued a little teensie Butterfly Bush that was growing in a crack in the road on our Nature walk... I dug it out, brought it home and planted it in my garden... it's now as tall as I am (5'3") and full of blooms!... love your butterfly photo... hope to capture some on my bush as well... xoxo Julie Marie

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  15. Your yard looks like it keeps you quite busy this time of year, but your flowers and shrubs are beautiful!!! I'm sure you also take the time to enjoy the beauty around you.
    Mary Alice

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  16. Your flowers and gardens look beautiful Olive!!

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  17. Love seeing your beautiful yard! Gorgeous home!

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  18. So very pretty. I'm glad you notice the small details. God put them there for us to stop and enjoy.

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  19. Yes, please God, send some minions! I haven't had any since our grandchildren grew up.

    That first picture should be in a magazine. Very nice!

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  20. Oh, and the yellow flowering tree - we've always called it a Golden Rain Tree - but now is that the correct name? Who knows?

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  21. Your home and gardens are just beautiful...Down to the corbels.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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  22. such pretty flowers. you really have a nice place

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  23. Your photos of your garden blooms are beautiful Olive. I've seen more butterflies in the last month than I've seen in 3 or 4 years. Your yellow tree looks similar to a Cassia tree, but I'm not sure that's what it is.

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  24. Your flowers look beautiful. Love the little aloe in the basket wreath too!

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  25. So nice you got a second bloom on your clematis! Love the little bird house too. Laura

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  26. Everything looks so beautiful...your love shows through and through!

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  27. So beautiful Olive! I know how hard it is to keep up the massive growth in a garden, especially this year with all the rain. This past Spring we hired 3 teenagers from our church who were had workers and worked right along side of us. We cut branches from trees, trimmed shrubs, etc. and they carried all the stuff back to the brush piles. They also picked up deadfall. It was amazing how much we accomplished with the help. We paid them $10 an hour for 4 hours. It was the best $120 we ever spent. We would have hired them to help us with spreading mulch, but we spread it ourselves a little at a time.

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  28. Hello ! I'm a fairly new follower. Loving your little aloe in the basket. He looks so happy there ! Your yellow flowering bush is a senna, also called Cassia in another comment. One and the same. It is not a golden rain tree, which are about 30 feet high. Your senna won't get that big. But isn't the yellow gorgeous ! Thank you for sharing your garden; I look forward to seeing much more!

    patty

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  29. Your flowers, plants, and home are just beautiful. I know what you mean about a labor of love...hubby and I spent at least 2 hours outside this evening, power-washing the house, patio, and patio furniture.

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  30. Olive, you take the most beautiful pictures!!!! Don't you have anything ugly to photograph ;) Funny you mention the crape myrtle.... we have a very old one and it's just starting to bloom but no where near the number it normally has. It is very old and very large. We too have had a LOT of rain, so what you are saying makes sense. Now I know. Now... I must look for a "ginger lily" something new to me!

    Have a great week!

    "her" and Romeo (who was inquiring about the cute little terror)

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  31. Hi Olive Good to be here again, and, my goodness, I picked a good post to come back to. Stunning photos of the house and gardens. Loved the photos with the chair and the butterfly, but especially the little bird house with the clematis. Awesome! Do hope that you are keeping well.

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  32. So glad I found you. What a lovely garden. Going to brows around more of you posts. Excited! I am following along with you too. Stop bu for a visit with me. I could yer the company. Blessings!:

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  33. What a pretty garden. I like your # 3 wreath or bird feeder which is a very great idea for birds to nest in it or am I wrong?

    I am wrong it is a plant. Now I can see a wee bird being comfortable to make a nest in it though. Not the plant in it. oh well.

    My eyes got the best of me here. Very darling.

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