Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This N That

I spent a good part of the weekend in the yard. It was a nice weekend even if a little on the partly cloudy side with temps in the mid 70's.
The azaleas are almost full bloom. It really depends on where you look because they are blooming everywhere now. I'll post more azalea blooms later this week.
This one is in my front yard and it is so full. The color is hard to photograph.

There was activity all over the azaleas but all I could capture is some bee action. I can tell you they are busy in my yard right now.

I've had a couple of requests to see the big picture in my gardens. This is the garden at the front porch. I'll show the others later this week. It is starting to fill in nicely. I have a lot of stuff planted here. On the back side here there is butterfly bush, mums, hydrangea (a small one), and some iris and a few other things. On the front side there are snapdragons, verbena, shasta daisies, dusty miller, dianthus, daffodils and a few I can't think of right now. The flower pots are in need of some flowers and that will probably come this weekend.

There is room for more plants and flowers so that will come soon. The gardens had just been watered.

I can't wait for this one to bloom. It is a little different than the ones I already have.

This is my next planned garden area. This is my best producing pecan tree in the front yard. It is in need of some color but the area is mostly shade. There a number of shade loving flowers to pick from. Any suggestions from you?

The garden centers should no better than to sale me some cutters because when I get started look what happens. Now I've got to cut the others down and put some flowers in. Looking forward to getting the area done. First a good cleaning. I was too tired to carry on though from other yard work that isn't worth mentioning.

I had to have a grilled burger on Saturday - you know the feeling - so I decided to try adding fresh sweet basil and something else I've never tried or even heard anyone else do and that was some Cheez Its since I didn't have any crackers and they were so good. Ground chuck 80/20, 1 egg, a little worsterchire, some ketchup, green onion, salt/pepper, dash of garlic powder and onion powder and a good handful of crushed Cheez Its. Add more Cheez Its to soak some of the moisture in the burgers. Enough so that you can shape the burgers without them being too sticky to shape. And grill. BBQ sauce is good on them too but I didn't add any.

Buddy got a grooming on Saturday. I love when he is fresh from the groomers and his hair is so silky.

Ticks and fleas are very active so early this year and they have begun an attack on Buddy. He has had several ticks this year. Now I can do about anything including cleaning up nasty as you can imagine but removing a tick that is not something I can do. So I go to the vet and change products from Comfortis to a new product called Vectra 3D. Buddy had an allergic reaction and by Sunday morning he was almost bloody from scratching. Immediatly I applied peroxide and benadryl topical and neosporin and watched closely so he doesn't scratch. We saw the vet yesterday and he received a steroid shot and a benadryl shot. I didn't know dogs can take adult benadryl and she prescribed 1 adult benadryl 3 times a day. Well I'm not that keen on giving my dog meds since my Sam died 2 years ago from too much prescribed meds. I did give him one last night but don't plan to give him anymore. He is acting dopey and lethargic. Hopefully he'll be back to normal tomorrow.

Blogger isn't acting so nice this morning and it has taken forever to make this post.

I have to get to work. I'll be around to visit as I can.

Hope you all have a great day.


Dirt Princess said...

I remember when you first started working on your yard...and it has come a long way!!! Looks great! the azaleas are beautiful!!!

Joani said...

Sorry to hear about UR little one. Yard looks beautiful. Flowers this time of year R so gorgeous. Have a great day.

AaronVFT said...

Wow! The azaleas are spectacular. So many shades of purple in your garden!

Marydon said...

Poor Buddy, hope the nastys leave him alone. I always feel so bad when pets get bugs & sickies.

Love your gardens & your flowers are sooo beautiful, Becca. Such full beauty!

Blogger has been a royal pain in the ____ for several weeks now ... ugh.

Have a beautiful day, my friend ~

FlowerLady said...

You have some wonderful colors of azaleas. I only have one, George Tabor. I really love the color of your bougainvillea. You've got me wanting to grill burgers now. Those look good.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

imac said...

arww poor pup,
Hungry feelings to them Bergers.
Love the colours and garden Becca.

Daisy said...

Your flowers and gardens are all so beautiful, Becca! You do such a wonderful job keeping them going. Poor Buddy. I hope he is feeling better now.

Thisisme. said...

Buddy is so cute! Bless! how lovely that you have temperatures in the 70's. Lucky you! I spent the weekend working in the garden as well. So lovely to be out there again, with everything coming to life. I love this time of the year!

Patsy said...

It is so wonderful to be in spring.
Hug Buddy for me.

paul said...

Fresh flowers Very beautiful garden....

Rosemary said...

Becca lovely tour of the azaleas and the garden..

Carol said...

Your flowers are so beautiful! Still waiting for spring weather to come back here. Snow and ice again this morning :(

Far Side of Fifty said...

Your Azaleas are beautiful..and you did great capturing that hot pink color..it is very difficult to photograph. Poor Buddy..you are going to have to teach yourself how to pull those ticks..if I went to the Vet every time Chance had one..I would never be at home. Thankfully they are under the snow yet..but any day they will be out.
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Cindy said...

Your flowers are looking amazing! I don't do azaleas anymore, too many died. We call them "kill me" plants! I guess it gets too cold? Can't wait to see more of your garden.

Cozy Little House said...

I have those same coral azaleas you have in my front yard. The flowers are looking gorgeous right now, aren't they?

Patty@sewingseeds said...

It's certainly the busy time of year. Your yard looks great and so does Buddy.

Gardening in Atascocita said...

Nice blog!