Wednesday, July 3, 2013

lulu, lavender, and lilies

 It sure doesn't seem like July with the cool weather we've been having
this week. I even made chicken soup yesterday for dinner because it was such
a cool evening! I usually reserve hot soups for fall and winter.

My mom went out of town, so I've been dog-sitting her little Pomeranian,
LuLu. Isn't she cute? Problem is, LuLu isn't doing well and my mom is on
her way to my house right now, cutting her vacation time short. From what we
can determine, doggie has a fungal skin infection. She smells so bad that we
can't even stand to be in the same room with her. She is not "dirty". She had
a bath and was groomed right before she came to my house last Friday. She's
also been having accidents in my house, which she never does. I made an
appointment with my vet for this afternoon, so we'll be taking her in.


 On to better-smelling things...

My herb garden in the back of the house is so lush right now! There's lavender,
rosemary, parsley, and then tons of lemon balm and oregano. I bought these hammered
brass herb markers on clearance (only $1.48!) at Target.


 Since my lavender is in bloom, I thought I'd cut some sprigs and bring
them into my house.


I put a few sprigs each in clear glass bottles on top of the ladder bookcase
 in the living room. Simple, but pretty.



My tiger lilies are also in full bloom right now. And you might notice that I 
finally have a basket for my bicycle! It was a gift from my wonderful blogger friend,
Penny. I had a pot of daisies in the basket, but they got water-logged with all
the rain, so I had to clean the basket out. I am going to put a new pot of flowers
in the basket when the weather clears up.


I love when the tiger lilies in front of my house - this area is a ditch - are in full bloom.
 I just wish they'd last longer than they do. They're only in bloom maybe a couple
of weeks.
 

Happy Wednesday, my friends. I hope your day is filled with flowers and other
things that smell good. No stinky dogs! ;-)



27 comments:

  1. Awesome flowers you have blooming right now, and sending best wishes to the stinky pup. Poor little thing...

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    1. Thank you, Diane...dog has been to the vet and has medication now, so all is well. :-)

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  2. I love day lilies and wish they'd last longer, too! Sure hope little LuLu is smelling better soon :)

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    1. Thanks, Terri - LuLu is back at home with my mom where she belongs, so no more stinky dog in my house! She also is on an antibiotic and has medicated shampoo, so hopefully the stink will be gone soon.

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  3. Lulu is SO cute...I'm glad you are getting her to the vet. She probably doesn't even like her own smell! lol!

    Love your herb garden, it's so lush! And just the perfect cooking herbs. I have a rosemary tree, much more than we can use but so pretty!

    Have a wonderful 4th! Just waiting for hubby to get home so we can be on our way! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. I think herbs are really pretty, too ~ doesn't matter if you don't use them all. Have a great holiday weekend at the lake house!

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  4. Poor Lulu! I hope she is alright.

    Your garden is beautiful. Your herbs are doing well. My herb garden is not as good this year. We had two really cold winters in a row which has hit the plants hard. But the flower garden is doing amazing from it too so that is at least something. But then again, you get cold winters and yours seem to survive. Next year, I will replace the planting I think.

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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    1. LuLu will be fine after going to the vet and getting the medication she needed. :-) Yes, we have very cold winters here (we do get below zero temps) and my herbs and perennials come back just fine. Do your herbs get enough sun?

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  5. Adorable little doggie . . . sad she is not well. Please let us know how she is!
    Lavender might help bring a sweet fragrance in the midst . . . just sayin'

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    1. Too funny, Lynne but you are right! Maybe I should've rubbed the dog with lavender. ;-)

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  6. Oh my gosh your sweet pup is the cutest!! Hope she feels better and smells better soon.

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    1. Yes, she's cute...but she's not mine! She belongs to my mom.

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  8. That pup is adorable. Hope the vet can take care of the problem.My herb garden is lush too...so much rain makes for a healthy herb garden. I have flowers mixed in and it looks a little like a jungle
    Balisha

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    1. The vet did indeed take care of the problem. I bet your herb garden is so pretty with the flowers mixed in.

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  9. good morning Melanie
    I hope Lulu is doing better, she is cute as a button.
    Your lilies and lavendar are just beautiful. I am guessing the lavender smells better than Lulu :)

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    1. Ha ha...that's for sure! (Lavender smelling better than the dog!)

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  10. Poor Lulu. I hope she is okay. She sure is a cutie! Everything is blooming beautifully where you are. That rain is good for something! :) Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Yes, everything is so lush and beautiful right now from all the rain. Sure beats last year when we had a drought!

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  11. Oh no, I showed my girls the pic of Lulu and they are bugging me even more for a dog! She's adorable!!

    I love your garden - the bike tucked behind the flowers is so fun!
    Kelly

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    1. That's too cute with your girls begging you even more for a dog when they saw LuLu. :-)

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  12. Lulu is adorable and I hope she's okay!

    The lavender in the bottles is so pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Manuela! The lavender in the bottles lasts a long time, too.

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  13. Wow, your herbs ARE going crazy! Just a heads up on lemon balm, it's just as invasive as mint and should not be planted directly in the ground. If you want them in the ground, you can cut the bottom out of a pot and sink the pot into the ground with a lip sticking up above about an inch. This is supposed to keep mints in line. I grow mine in pots!

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    1. Oh, I already know that about the lemon balm. I've had it in the herb garden for several years. I don't mind it being invasive at all - I like how it fills out the garden! When it gets too full for me, I just pull some of it up.

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  14. Your tiger lilies are gorgeous next to your fence! And I love the old bicycle set among the flowers!

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    1. Thank you, Vickie! That's my childhood bike. :-)

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