Guess Where We Are Off To Again?

 Off for our morning patrol of the lower gardens.  Teddy and I are very predictable.

 Originally, this was going to be a small circular perennial bed around the pillar.  The more I cleared away, the more I realized needed to be cleared away. The ivy had taken over and was shrinking this room.

 When I designed this room, I brought in big boulders to work as rustic walls. The ivy had covered them so I trimmed it all back.

 The perennials will look so much prettier set against the backdrop of the stones.

 I put in this new garden bell and am training Teddy to come when I ring it.

 Looking for varmints!

 I planted strawberries on this bank below the upper pond and they seem to like the spot.

 More foxgloves and hollyhocks.

 Teddy on her perch.  She is still holding her paw in the air.  It is the most perplexing thing.  She runs like there is nothing wrong with her.  She goes on walks as usual.  She only holds the paw up when she is standing completely still.  She lets me inspect it and acts as though nothing is wrong with it.

 Click for a closer look.  I thought this was such a cute pic of her.

 The ponds are still not running.  The skimmer will be covered with rocks once we have everything fixed.

 Fish water tastes so good.

 My Lilies of the Valley are blooming.  Next year this whole area should be filled in with them.

 The Solomon's Seal is opening and also seems to be happy in this spot.

 I guess the tour is over.

Until next time.


Lilies of the Valley have such tiny flowers and yet such a powerful perfume -- they really pack a punch, don't they?
sandra hagan said…
it was a lovely garden tour.

many good plants will bloom and fill the air with sweetness.

good job to you and Teddy.
Alicia Foodycat said…
Your lovely assistant is so cute!
Anonymous said…
you've created such a lovely haven, the rocks add such a lovely feeling, a feeling of age, I think, we had large patches of Lily of the Valley at our house and it was a powerful scent, the lilacs always followed it, our seasons differ from yours, I suppose if Teddy allows you to look at her foot thats a good sign, don't you wish she could speak, lol, your gardens are lovely Joyce and show the many hours and thought put in them,
Suzanne said…
Teddy is getting her Omega 3 in.
Loli said…
I love this fishy pond!!!!
Anonymous said…
How odd that she doesn't seem to ne bothered by her paw when running or walking. Perhaps it's something that only hurts while she's resting? My rheumatism behaves like that sometimes. What ever it is I hope it will get better again soon!

Your garden is just amazing and how I wish I could say that the Ivy covered everything :-) It dies every winter when I try to have it in my garden :-) :-)

That place will look so fine whith the hollyhocks and foxgloves.

Have a great day!
petoskystone said…
Teddy's schedule keeps her territory safe.
Patty Woodland said…
I love lilies of the valley. So sweet
Megs said…
My bull terrier had a selective limp that came and went- maybe Teddy's paw doesn't hurt, but she is holding it oddly as a habit?
Your garden is so interesting- can't wait to see it in bloom. The room area with the boulders will look wonderful!
Cottage Tails said…
aaaah love looking at your garden progress. I wonder if teddy is onto a new thing with her paw aka attention. "If I lift it like so I get spoken to like so" She is pretty smart.
I think flowers against the backdrop of those stones will be a wonderful thing. Curious about Teddy's paw.
Guillaume said…
I wish I had a garden like yours.
What is so great is that there is so many different things happening in your garden. Not to mention Teddy surveying her kindom. Mel hasn't half the kingdom but she is just like Teddy. Checks out every square inch of it..makes sure I know she is doing her job just like Teddy does with you. Love 'em.. :)
Would you believe it's raining here?? Yep..coming down in buckets.
The rain gods must have heard me. :) OR they saw my dance and wanted to put a stop to it! The latter is probably the best bet!
Your gardens are so far ahead of mine and looking great! It's amazing what a difference a few hundred miles makes!

Kay said…
I can just imagine how even more beautiful the garden will look a couple of weeks from now. What a wonderful place for Teddy to enjoy.