Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Summer Blooms 'n' Stuff

While wandering through the yard the other day I decided to take a few pictures of some of the blooms in the backyard.

Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)....

Where it gets it's name.....


Rose of Sharon (a type of hibiscus).....

Pink Guara.....

And I can't forget the Mandevilla vine.....

We seem to be keeping ourselves occupied. Last Wednesday on July 28th we went to the Oregon Zoo in Portland for a Great Big Sea concert. We aren't big concert people and the crowds drove us nuts but the music was great. They sounded the same in concert as they do on their recordings which is rare.

On Saturday we rode down to a little country bakery with Rick for a tasty breakfast treat. It was pretty chilly and Troubadour and I both used our heated grips. Rick didn't have heated grips and I had my mesh gear on so we decided to head home and took the car to Salem for sushi. The sun came out and we had a great day.

Sunday we decided to get some yard work done. We had a dirt pile beside the deck that we were turning into a shrub bed/living wall. Put some posts in and transplanted a jasmine that had been growing on a lattice against the house. A trip to Garland Nursery later and we had plants to fill in the bed. We still need to put the pieces of 2x2 on top to complete the pergola but are pretty happy with the way it turned out. The following pictures were taken after watering and I still need to put the bark mulch down but it gives you the idea. It is something to help give us privacy from the two-story house next door.

This photo was taken from the deck....

This one was taken from the side of the house looking over the yard and deck....

Tomorrow we have bike night and this Saturday is Triumph demo days for Cascade Moto Classics. There are a couple of us riding to Canby to test ride some Triumph motorcycles since their demo truck will be rolling into town for both Saturday and Sunday. Should prove to be interesting. Hopefully we'll get some pictures.

-Au Revoir

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." ~ Kahlil Gibran


  1. The Oak Leaf Hydrangea is just beautiful. Love the white color. You have some wonderful flowers and must have a beautiful yard. We need to build some sort of screening to hide our utility area, and give some privacy from a neighbor (did I say that with my outloud voice?) You know...good fences and good neighbors and all that.

    72.7 mpg - Dang!

  2. Trobairitz:

    All that riding to get to Oregon and Corvallis and we only get to see your back yard through the window. Now we get to see photos of what we missed.

    Hope you get to ride the Street Triple.

    Wet Coast Scootin

  3. Very nice yard and pergola. Our yard has "natural" written all over it.