Friday, May 1, 2009

PHOTO STORY FRIDAY (Foliage in the Making) & FRIDAY FILL-IN

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek



Joining Cecily @ MY CHAOS MY BLISS for PHOTO STORY FRIDAY

It's been a long time since there was color in my yard...and my backyard azalea has reached new hights this year...it's hard to believe this was once in a 6-inch pot (it was a gift friends gave us the day after our daughter came home from the hospital after her birth!...17 years ago)

Look who came to visit while I was shooting...there are other pictures; however, I loved this one because of the puffs of pollen being shaken from his legs as he takes off from the flower!



Our butterfly bush is beginning to sprout after it's "buzz" cut from the winter...it had been a couple of years since we pruned it.


There was no doubt it had been pruned this time around, and I was a little concerned it might have been too harsh a cut. It usually doesn't bloom until we get above 80*, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for buds in another month or so.


These are my "Jill" amaryllis...


the name has nothing to do with their "scientific" identification; they're named after my best friend Jill Gottfriedson who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 33 (when I was 8 mos. pregnant with my baby...but Jilly knew she was going to be a girl, and I didn't!).


Jill, I miss you so much but think of you every time my "Jills" come for their yearly visit :)


These are some of the drought-resistent ground cover we bought about 5 years ago to help keep our front island from washing away down the hill...it's working! Does anyone know the name of these beauties??


Finally, here are my ROSES! I know, I've never had this many roses from this bush. She's producing gangbusters since the pruning she got back in February...I'm so glad I got it right this time and pray she'll continue throughout the summer.


Go, God! Thanks for the beautiful colors in our yard this Spring...you're such a wonderful Master Designer!

CLICK ON THE BUTTON IF YOU WANT TO SEE OTHER FILL INS!

1. The first rule of working in an office and getting along is to "WORK FOR THE LORD IN ALL YOU DO AND SAY".

2. I really don't like LIVER but I do like clams.

3. When I think of carnivals I think of COTTON CANDY, LITTLE ORANGE TICKETS AND POOR MEN WITH NO FRONT TEETH.

4. The PARROT TULIP is my favorite spring flower.

5. Things on my desk include PAPERS AND PHOTOS NEEDING TO BE FILED, AN ORGANIZER WITH PAPERLIPS/NOTE CARDS AND A "PICTURE OF JESUS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR" THAT USED TO HANG OVER MY GRANDMOTHER'S GUEST BED.

6. Knowing my WEIGHT IS GRADUALLY COMING OFF makes me wanna jump for JOY AND STATE THAT WE CAN DO IT!

7. And as for the weekend, TONIGHT I'M COOKING CHEESEBURGER CASSEROLES, tomorrow DD TAKES THE 'REAL' SAT, my plans include SERVING LUNCH at GAINESVILLE HOMELESS SHELTER and LATER CELEBRATING A CANCER-FREE YEAR WITH ONE OF MY YOUTH COUNSELOR BUDDIES then on Sunday I'LL BE JOINING IN ON OUR SENIOR BANQUET CELEBRATION AT UMYF!

HAPPY WEEKEND...SAY A PRAYER FOR MY GREAT NIECE WHO IS 2 1/2, A CONGENITAL HEART PATIENT AWAITING SURGERY THIS SUMMER. HER PARENTS HAD TO ADMIT HER TO THE CHILDRENS' HOSPITAL DUE TO HER CURRENTLY DEALING WITH A BAD GASTRO VIRUS. SHE'S OUR "MIRACLE KATIE"

:)

16 comments:

Lisa said...

Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous!

Lisa

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

"Having a great time in Georgia, wish u were here!" Oh wait, you are!

Sassy Granny ... said...

What a fabulous way to greet May Day!

P.S. Thank you for your prayers on behalf of my sister & her hubby.

Mocha with Linda said...

So, so beautiful!!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Very pretty foliage!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Very very pretty!!!

Steph said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Thanks for your encouraging words. :)

paula said...

Love all your flowers...designed by the Great Designer. I'm forever in love with nature and the beautiful colors He showers on us.

I love your new header of hands and feet.

Thanks for sharing your garden. How precious you named your bush after Jill. Sweet.

Cecily R said...

Wow!! You may not have had color in your yard for a while, but when you get it, you GET it!! Stunning shots!

Technonana said...

I love all the colors!! Isn't God just awesome!! Just imagine designing all of this gorgeous stuff!!

Kim said...

What lovely flowers! I really enjoyed seeing your yard in all its Spring glory :-) Will pray for little Katie, what a lot to deal with at such a young age.

We just got back from Sta. Rosa and I'm catching up on blogs. It was a beautiful drive and the first I've felt like "Hey, it's fall!" (since we've had an unusually warm fall so far) but today we finally saw a lot of trees turning yellow, fields ready to harvest... just very pretty :-)

Sharon said...

Beautiful! I love Spring and all the pretty blooms!

Beverlydru said...

You must tell me sometime about Ila, Ora, Ura, and Era and Uncle Horace. The names alone are a story!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You can come by my green thumb anyday! I have no color in my yard, except for the garden flag that's been blowing since Christmas. I know...sad.

Happy Sabbath rest to you.

peace~elaine

Karin said...

Oh, those flowers are gorgeous! I especially love the azaleas and the lavender!

Susan D said...

WOW! That is some gynormous bee! lol. Great photos. Thank you for sharing the story about your Jill amaryllis. It's a great testimony of enduring friendship. Blessings, SusanD