Checking Out More Beautiful Blooms

Posted by F&S

All set for another garden tour?  We Frenchies drove around in the Kawasaki the other day just before a torrential rainstorm arrived.  Good thing we did, because many of the lovely flowers we looked at took a real beating in the storm.  Enjoy!

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Franny, stop the Kawasaki!  Do you smell what I smell?

1 Franny, stop the Kawasaki! Do you smell what I smell?

The Miss Kim Korean lilac are in full glorious bloom and the air is filled with the intoxicating fragrance!  It is definitely one of the most beautiful and fragrant of all lilac bushes.

2 The Miss Kim Korean lilac are in full glorious bloom and the air is filled with the intoxicating fragrance! It is definitely one of the most beautiful and fragrant of all lilac bushes.

Sharkey, I see that the little house for the time lapse camera has been moved and is now focusing on the herbaceous peony bed.

3 Sharkey, I see that the little house for the time lapse camera has been moved and is now focusing on the herbaceous peony bed.

It's hard to believe that this dense garden dies down to the ground at seasons end, but that's what herbaceous implies.

4 It's hard to believe that this dense garden dies down to the ground at seasons end, but that's what herbaceous implies.

And just up the drive is where the tree peonies are planted.

5 And just up the drive is where the tree peonies are planted.

Sharkey, do you know that Martha has had these tree peonies for many, many years.  In fact, they were originally planted in her garden when she lived at Turkey Hill.  Every single one was dug up and planted here!

6 Sharkey, do you know that Martha has had these tree peonies for many, many years. In fact, they were originally planted in her garden when she lived at Turkey Hill. Every single one was dug up and planted here!

Tree peonies tend to have larger flowers than the herbaceous ones and their woody stems remain through the winter.  They are quite lovely, don't you think?

7 Tree peonies tend to have larger flowers than the herbaceous ones and their woody stems remain through the winter. They are quite lovely, don't you think?

Martha also has stunningly beautiful azalea in full bloom.  Azaleas are in the same family as rhododendrons, but I think I prefer azaleas.

8 Martha also has stunningly beautiful azalea in full bloom. Azaleas are in the same family as rhododendrons, but I think I prefer azaleas.

Don't you think that this pink is kind of psychedelic?

9 Don't you think that this pink is kind of psychedelic?

Yes, Francesca, it is rather hallucinating and I just had to look the other way.

10 Yes, Francesca, it is rather hallucinating and I just had to look the other way.

Comments (14)

  • Wow those Azalea's are a bit of a trip, huh! Beautiful vibrant pink!

    It snowed in parts of NH this past weekend. And by Friday we could be in a mini 90+ degree heat wave.

    NH as wacky weather...

    Maybe the Mother Nature has been trippin' too! :)

    Happy Tuesday!
    gail

  • Good morning everyone,
    I was thinking and I think there should be a way for the flower smell to come through a computer screen. That would be amazing. When you click on the next picture, the smell from that flower comes out of the screen and so on. Francesca and Sharkey, see what Martha can do about that to make it happen.
    How did everyone spend their holiday weekend? Karen got a pleasant surise from her son Scott who is on a tour of duty in Kuwait. He sent her an email with all kinds of information about her uncle who died in 1945 as a soldier fighting in the war. He was buried in the Netherlands. He sent all kinds of information including pictures of the cemetery and cross with his name on it, etc. that meant so much to Karen.
    Well, it is cool right now so deck time for me.
    Later,
    Maddox

  • I love regular peonies - childhood memories - the beautiful blooms and the fragrance! My mother planted them long the porch on either side of the summer door so when in bloom - heaven! and when bloom had finished a nice "hedge" as a foundation planting. The few Southern peonies I see here in Texas do not have the fragrance of memory. I am sure the gardeners are just pleased that they have found a type that will bloom on 15 "cold" hours...

  • Wow, psychedelic azaleas! Far out! Sharkey, I think you're the girl with the kaleidoscope eyes in this blog! Are you and Francesca going to tiptoe through Martha's tulips, next? Fabulous!

    Bye,
    Malcolm

  • Hello Girls, and all the Glue Squad Buddies:
    The flower tour of the farm looks amazing, we would love to tour the farm and catch all the beautiful and amazing sights.
    Now for something kind of interesting, the farmer down the road has put in 20 (yes 20, we counted them)beehives on the edge of his field. We can see them from the road, and yesterday (before it started raining) we saw a massive amount of activity around the hives. Those bees were extremely busy and we stayed away to be safe! We are wondering what the farmer wants to pollinate - its mostly ginseng and tobacco in the fields around the hives, with some echinacea - whatever it will be, it will be well and truly pollinated!
    Its raining today, and Lucy is hiding under the pine trees and won't come in - she is a silly girl, but Martha and I know better, we went out, did our business and now are back inside, dreaming of a sunny day - its going to get very hot later in the week, so we'll enjoy the cooler weather now. We are all scheduled into the groomer on Saturday, going to get our #7 summer dos!
    Love Martha, Lucy and Riley boy.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Hi girl friends, you both look so happy and lovely looking at and smelling those beautiful lilacs and peonies that Martha has at her wonderful farm! My Mom loved seeing Martha's blog on Friday about even more of her beautiful flowers and trees and she remembers seeing her peony trees at Turkey Hill years ago! Our lilacs and azaleas look beautiful even with all of the rain we have had this month! Hope you have a great day and say Hi to GK and let us know how he did in those latest dog shows! Gail, we had rain all day yesterday and should have showers most of this week, again! Maddox, we went outside between rains on Memorial Day and went shopping at 5 stores on Sunday and I got lots of great walks! Hope to hear from more of you buddies real soon! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    I agree with Maddox, I wish we had computers that could send the lovely smell from your flowers. It is good to see the lilacs, as our lilacs got frost, and azaleas are beautiful. Can't grow them in the altitudes of Colorado I guess,unless in a greenhouse. Those peonies are fabulous. Trees of them too. Can't believe it. Hope everyone had a great long weekend. Maddox, it is so nice that Karen got the e-mail from Scott on her uncle. And Martha, Lucy and Riley, on my, bees. That is a good thing. Dudley, it has been hot here, so be happy for a little rain, it will make Mama Jan's garden grown. Wow, 5 stores, I hope you got goodies too. Maddox, how did G.K. do at the shows? Or is it a surprise for a blog? My computer time is short for now, but will check in later, as Mom is off to a haircut and therapy. I want to here from everyone---Kitty, Jimmy Jay Gatsby, Abby, Missy, Zoe, Rebel, Baby Favor, Sonya and everyone else. What were you up to over the weekend. Pam in California, haven't heard from you in awhile. What's up? Jake and Molly are you moved now. I miss you all. Best go. Check in later.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby
    Have a GEM of a day all.

  • Good morning ladies,
    Boy, am I late today. All pooped out from yesterday. The Grandkids came & kept me busy. Then a thunderstorm came and kept me nervous. I slept like a rock last night! Mimi says I was sawing wood all night long. What's she talking about?
    Your flowers are so beautiful. That azalea is fantastic! It smells good around our neighborhood, too. The lilacs are really sweet.
    Do you girls know how G.K. fared out at the show?
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Those pictures are so pretty, keep them coming Francesca Baby! We have two lilac bushes and one of them is in bloom right now, and smells so nice that it's my favorite place to poop. Mom thinks that's very funny, I don't know why. The other one is in shade and won't bloom until later, but it is so fragrant it will make the whole neighborhood smell nice. I can't poop under that one, it's outside the fence. It was a cold and rainy weekend for us, so we didn't do anything too very exciting, although Dad didn't go to work yesterday, which is always fun times.
    A bientot!

  • Oh geez, I forgot! Today is little Lentil the Frenchie's first operation, so please send him all your best thoughts. He is that cute Frenchie with the mouth problems with French Bulldog Rescue Network.

  • ..pretty flowers..our big rhodies are blooming and lots of bees in them..peonies have big buds should burst open anyday..cool and wet the last couple days, so we ferals are snuggled in our nesting boxes..which have big cut-outs so we can spy on the farm/ranch..the Chiweenies are leaving today..goodie goodie!..those little guys are weird..don't know how Cora-Belle could stand the yappy little guys!...James had a stroke..ambulance..lites flashing..scared us ferals..but he is doing okay..Lucinda is worn out..so I am going to make sure everyone behaves around the farm/ranch today..I am taking my duties here very seriously, now that I am in charge...over and out, Black Mama

  • Hello Ladies and Glue Squad peeps!
    This is really late today. It was a very busy weekend.
    Love those azaleas! Mom's peonies are beautiful. Pink, pinker and pinkest!!!
    Three of the grandkids were here Saturday "helping". Their parents went to a Cincy Reds game. Then Sunday was the big cookout. Ribs, chicken, hot dogs (what?) and lots of sides. Someone had the bright idea of providing squirt guns for all the kids..seven in all...thank goodness they left Max and me alone. Finally everyone left around 10pm!
    Monday, mom and dad went to the Memorial Day parade and then to several cemeteries. So Max and I had a chance to catch up on some much needed rest.
    Today, Mom has all the windows open, but I really think she should turn on the A/C. Don't see that happening until Wednesday, though.
    Thinking of you Lentil!!
    Brutus and Max

  • Baby Favor, please keep us posted on little Lentil with the cleft pallet surgery. That was the rescue that Mom donated her dog biscuit money to last year in memory of Basil. He and all the Rainbow Bridge are I am sure watching and praying for Lentil.
    Love and hugs,
    Ruby

  • What beautiful photos of you girls in the bountiful flowers and scent...I'm envious!
    My apologies to all my DW friends for not acknowledging everyone here, no excuse, tired from the long weekend...all will be better soon ;-)
    Kitty is out and weather is bad, she'll just have to endure it unless she comes home before I go to bed... Which is right now!
    Love you ALL!

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

    PS. Lentil I hope all will turn out OK with your operation and James good thoughts and prayers that you will be fine

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