Thursday, April 11, 2013

Honestly



This is my garden. Welcome. Pardon, while I sweep away a few errant leaves.



Yes, this is how we look, in the morning, before our coffee, without make-up. It's funny, and sad, that some feel the need to enhance nature, either surgically or photographically. As if we can improve perfection. Leave it, leave it be.



Don't touch a thing. From the yellow rose



to the blue retriever.

36 comments:

  1. I call it eclectic!. Do u have a garden gnome that stands guard along w/the blue friend?

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  2. Beautiful garden. Lush. I especially like the blue lab garden art.

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  3. Love your garden Karin! It is a kind of garden I love, so luxuriant, so green and with a diversity of plants. Just great your garden philosophy: "Leave it, leave it be".
    So beautiful the little bird's house among the plants. Does the birds nest in it? The yellow rose is gorgeous and the cactus is beautiful and tall... I see that you like succulents too. It's great to have beds (canteiros in Portuguese) to grow your veggies and aromatic herbes. Looks your dear blue Albert enjoys so much the smell of the herbes! Thanks for the tour!

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  4. Karin, I suppose you don't have hungry ants in your garden. I have tons of ants all over my garden... I give up to plant veggies and herbes for the ants. That is so frustrating... The survivors are the cactaceas, like Agave attenuata, succulents, some foliages, the orchids and the trees, luckily!

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  5. Would you believe his mother is part Bluetick Hound? Didn't think so.

    Sonia, I've got ants, spiders, rolly pollies, aphids, grasshoppers, wasps, you name it. Last year they ate the crops and left little for me. Rumor has it DE is a non-poisonous way to get rid of them, so I spread some around. They found it tasty.

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  6. Nice garden!!! One of the things I miss about the southland...we still have a thick blanket of snow in our yard...

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  7. Yes, well, I took more than a few liberties, but that's between me and Picassa.

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  8. A Southern California garden . . . fragrant, no doubt, of growing things . . . where the plants grow out and up, rather than being stunted by cold and wind, and where the colors, floral and canine, are not shy. We're not improving on nature so much as making a corner of it something that we enjoy, and enjoying the process of doing that.

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  9. Oh, Albert! You want to be like those elegant Indian ladies, with the blue-black hair. There's a reason it's called LADY Clairol: it isn't that great a look for the dudes.

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  10. It looks lovely especially because we have snow and freezing rain today in Toronto!

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  11. He wanted to go blond, but didn't have the coloring to carry it off.

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  12. Honestly, you can have a garden that's planned or the one that you grow.

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  14. So lush and colorful. I love gardens where the people "leave it be". I like that "unruly" look. A place where creatures feel welcome -- even blue Labs.

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  15. I like Albert's natural hair color, but I bow to his choice.

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  16. Oh My God. Go three comments up and you'll see why I'm so excited. I've just been made an honorary member of the National Bathroom Remodel of the Month club. Had it been the regionals, I wouldn't be so excited, anyone and their brother can get into the regionals. But it's the Nationals. The Nationals! My mother would be so proud.

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  17. Does this mean that now you're going to remodel your bathroom??? Perhaps Albert might participate in the color choices???

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  19. Good point..but I think Albert may be disappointed...

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  20. how utterly lovely your garden looks!!

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  21. Your garden looks like it has some very good bones - the picket fence and raised bed. Lots of green, leafy stuff. Maybe Albert is one of those camouflage breeds that changes colour depending on the background. Very impressive, Albert.

    We still have snow. Lots of snow. *sigh*

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  22. Oh, Boy! The National Bathroom Remodel Month has invited you to become a member! I think Albert believes he's entitled to honorary membership. He could demonstrate why giving a dog a bath in a bathroom is frequently a bad idea.

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  23. I can't see why pictures of your garden (or is it? .....) are relevant on a bathroom blog, but whatever the reason, it's a great honor. The blue dog photo must have done the trick.

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  24. Fun photos! Gorgeous garden, and Albert looks great in that color. Maybe your use of the term "enhance nature" brought you to the attention of the bathroom brigade. I wonder if spammers like that ever check back to see if they're getting mocked.

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  25. Oh I'm blue with envy. Blue I tell you!

    You have managed to grow those tea flowers and they are gorgeous. I killed every one I attempted to grow; and I attempted many.

    I do love your garden - but my neighbors would hate it.

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  26. Karin, I will try a non-poisonous substance, but I hope the ants on my garden and orchard don't find it tasty too! :)

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  27. Your garden is lovely! I'm sure it's gorgeous even without enhancements, just like blue Albert. I'd say you have a green thumb. And a funny label!

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  28. Your work is done. (Notice how he makes his "w"?)

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  29. Consider yourself lucky... sweepin' away snow here. Be careful what you wish for.

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  30. There's a Louisiana artist made famous and wealthy from his Blue Dog series: http://www.artbrokerage.com/artist/Blue-Dog-George-Rodrigue

    (Scroll down when you get to the page.) Maybe you can do a Blue Albert photo series.

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  31. Now I'm curious -- how does he make his "w." I was afraid to click on the link, but fully expect my bathroom awards and goodies to arrive by post any day.

    I'm bummed someone beat me to the blue dog series. By summer, I'll have to enhance in the pinks because we'll be mighty brown around here.



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  32. His unusual w is in his comment above.

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  33. Hmmm, that label of yours seems a fair tip-off--I'm going to have to prowl around some early morning while you're out walking your beloved--

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  34. Ha! I think Desiree is onto something.

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  35. Is that Albert or a statue? Can't see too well on the small screen in a moving car. You have a pretty garden!

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