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Monday, August 4, 2014

A Pleasant Sunday Morning

How often do you actually sit and enjoy your garden? If you're like me, not often enough. On Sunday, Nigel and I actually got our Kindles and sat out in the back garden for a couple of hours, after having done exactly that same thing just the night before, on Saturday. We only came in on Saturday evening because it was getting too dark to read.

For a good part of the morning, our east-facing back garden is very pleasantly shady, because of the very tall Douglas firs which block the rising sun.


The view from my lounge chair, across our circle of grass to the bed with the huge patch of Monarda 'Raspberry Wine.'

A closer look

When I turn to my left, I see this bed (and Nigel's slippered foot)

A closer look

So far to the left it's almost behind us -- the waterfall that is the start of our stream

And very far to my right -- a mostly shade bed that gets just this little bit of sun early in the morning

Not too far above my head is a bird feeder, hanging on a corner of the back porch

A chickadee waits its turn

"Hey, I think you've had enough!"

The Douglas firs that block the sun

The birds flit back and forth from the bird feeder to the large filbert on the left

Magellan saw us through the window and cried to be let out

Contented cat on my lap

"Where did all those birds go?"

Hopefully you didn't look too closely at those closeups of the beds surrounding us. They've rebounded somewhat from the heat and lack of water that they suffered through back in July, but they definitely need me to get out there to do some trimming and cutting back.

But not on Sunday morning.

18 comments:

  1. Great advice! We should all take more time to sit and enjoy our gardens. Morning is the best time.

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  2. Isn't it so nice to occasionally just sit down and relax in your own garden? For a lot of gardeners it takes discipline to do so. You have beautiful views Alison!

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  3. The 'Raspberry Wine' looks really good. The only time I've tried Monarda it became invasive. Does that one?

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    1. Rusty Duck, it has never been invasive. It seems to have reached a sort of critical mass, and isn't getting any bigger. It has spread into other plants nearby, and I pull it out, or move it to where I do want it. But that's not what I'd call invasive.

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  4. It looks very peaceful and calming. What kind of grass do you have?

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    1. Phillip, I don't actually know what kind of grass it is. It does get watered at least once a week to keep it green in summer.

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    2. My best guess at your grass is a fescue blend. An easier list is 7 different grasses that it isn't.

      Areas of grass give the eye a place to rest when trying to look at all the flowers.

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  5. Amen sister! You are absolutely right! A garden should be a place to enjoy - not just work in. My garden has a lot of shade too. I tend to enjoy my morning coffee out there, and usually spend some time winding down after work too. Mind you, most of the time this involves meditating on all the things I want to do to make it better. but last night, I too, read until it got too dark to distinguish the words. It was really nice!

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  6. Glad to see you 'laxing! I'm not sure why we've not spent more time in our garden seats this summer. Will have to change that. You DO have lovely sights to view from your chairs...

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  7. Your books must be real page-turners to compete with those surroundings for your attention.

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  8. Your garden looks beautiful, Alison! Everything is so lush and green. (I am very envious of the condition of your grass.) I'm glad you took the time to enjoy it. I seldom sit in mine unless someone comes to visit - as soon as I step out there, I see 100 things that need to be addressed and all thought of simply enjoying the space as it is vanishes.

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  9. Your garden is a lovely place to sit and enjoy a Sunday morning or to enjoy a yummy dessert! (Thanks for that, it was delicious!) We should sit in our gardens more! I did just that today but then I saw all the things that needed attention and the relaxing was over!

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  10. Your garden looks like a great place to relax, you probably don't do that too much like me. I like the Monarda, I'm trying some of that out this year after being disgusted in the past by some with mildew. The waterfall is a cute feature. I wonder if the seed feeder would be a good alternative to the suet feeders we have been using, are they bothered by squirrels?

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  11. Exactly my philosophy! I sit in the garden in the morning......I admit it's hard not to get up and fix this or that.
    You have the perfect garden to sit in. How beautiful! You mentioned a dry July. It looks like Mother Nature has redeemed herself! Happy Gardening!

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  12. How lovely that you got to relax and read Alison. Your garden is looking great, and I hope my Monarda grows as much as yours has, it looks gorgeous. Such a pretty waterfall too.

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  13. I don't know about the beds, Alison, but the grass looks so happy!
    P.S. The cat is contented, but what about your feet? Feet should be bare!

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  14. The garden looks lovely. Blooming and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.

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  15. August is the time when gardeners are supposed to slow down, put their feet up, and let things go to seed a bit.

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