Showing posts with label IRISES 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IRISES 2012. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Irises, Roses and Family

Cable Car Iris
Our IRISES in the yard have been FABULOUS this spring... AND the good news is that many of them are re-bloomers --so we'll have them blooming again in the Fall.   In this blog post (click HERE),  I showed you several of our Irises... SO today I'll show you some more of our 19 different varieties... Above is always a favorite every year.  Its name is CABLE CAR.   I love the 'rust' color of this one.   We took several photos after a rain--since we enjoy seeing the 'drops' on the flowers.  Be sure and enlarge the photos in order to see them larger.




Electric Shock Iris





Cantina Iris
Wish you could see this one in person.. It has SEVERAL colors --and changes when the sun is on it... Such a beauty!!!!




Floor Show Iris
Here is another multi-colored beauty.   Do you like this one?




English Charm Iris
This is another pretty Iris.... The raindrops were really clinging to this one!




Halloween Halo Iris
If you like Pastels,  you will love this Iris...  The bright orange beards would remind one of Halloween I suppose...




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Southern Belle Rose
Here's two more of the gorgeous Roses beginning to bloom in our yard.  The one above is named SOUTHERN BELLE....  George brought one of these into the house ---and you should smell it... WOW!!!!




Summer of Love Rose
Finally,  this beauty is named SUMMER OF LOVE. I love all of the different colors in this rose...

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Dave, Bonnie, Betsy and George
We visited my cousin,  Bonnie, and her hubby, Dave,  at a Camping and Hang-Gliding area on the top of the mountain near Dunlap, Tennessee on Monday.  Bonnie and Dave have a new (GORGEOUS)  motor home ---and are enjoying traveling these days.  We had a wonderful visit with them.  Isn't that a great view of the Sequatchie Valley?

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BLUEBIRD UPDATE:  I have done tons of research and talked to LOTS of people about my Bluebird Tragedy.  (See Monday's blog for details.)  Click HERE to see a great website if you are interested.   Apparently, my culprit must have been a SNAKE..  Once the Bluebirds nest again,  we will keep the pole greased--which will keep a snake off of the nestbox (I hope)... I also need a new type of baffle (made with stove pipe)... NOW--if Daddy Blue can find a new mate,  maybe they'll try again.  We have cleaned out the nestbox for them... Thanks SO SO much for your thoughts, suggestions and prayers. This has been hard for me!!!

 I need to apologize AGAIN for not getting to your blog posts much this week.  Besides our trip on Monday and doing research on Bluebirds,   I have been working in the yard (power-washing the deck and cleaning the deck furniture).... Fun fun!!!

ONE MORE THING:  Any of you who use Google+ as your profile,  be sure and put your blog URL on there somewhere.  Otherwise,  people cannot find your blog to comment.  Thanks!!!

Hope you are having a 'fan-tabulous day'  enjoying life.....  Get outside and enjoy yourself!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Flowers, Friends and Family

Hell's Fire Iris
As you know (from all of my posts recently from our yard),  Spring has been very good to us here on the Cumberland Plateau.  Right now,  we still have some Azaleas blooming,  some Roses beginning to bloom,  our Rhododendrons are blooming,  AND lots and lots of beautiful IRISES blooming...    I think  (as of now) that we have 16 different varieties of Bearded Irises blooming.   I showed you two of them (Autumn Bugler and Honey Glazed) in a previous post.  Today,  I'll show you a few more of our Irises.... Hope you enjoy seeing them.   Be sure to click on them for larger views...




Clarence Iris





Blatant Iris





Waltz Across Texas Iris





Hemstitched Iris  (my favorite out of this group)





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Max,  Teacher Betsy, Sharon
On another note,  you have to read this story!!!!!  I started teaching high school in 1965.  This was my first job after graduating from college in 1964.  I taught Choral Music and Math at West High School  in Knoxville, Tennessee from 1965-71.   I loved my first job ---and loved the students that I taught...

Anyhow--to make a long story short,  through Facebook,   I caught up with a couple of my favorite students.  Max and Sharon were 'sweethearts' in high school.  After they graduated and when I left Knoxville,  I lost total contact with them.  This past weekend,  they came to Crossville to camp---so we met back up --after 43 years...

What JOY for me!!!!  This couple did get married at age 18/19,  and are still very much in love after all of these years.  They have 2 married sons and I think, four grandchildren now.  Both Max and Sharon are retired and live in Maryville, TN.   They are such wonderful people --and I'm so glad that I could catch back up with them. 

They were so complimentary of me ---and what a difference I had made in their lives.  That makes me feel so good --since none of us know how we can affect others as we go through life.  I do know that I loved teaching ---and tried to do a good job sharing my deep love of music with all that I taught.

The funny part now is that I'm only about 9 years older than they are... As their teacher,  I'm sure they thought that I was much older back then!!!!! Isn't that a hoot??????

Thanks Max and Sharon for the wonderful visit!!!!!  I am so proud of the great Christian people you became. You two have obviously done alot to make a difference in the lives of others.  God Bless You both.

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Dawn and Jeff
Besides meeting Max and Sharon this past Friday,  George and I also spent part of Saturday  with son Jeff and his fiance, Dawn.   I don't know if it's because I am so happy in my marriage or if it's because Jeff had a rough first marriage,  but I am SO excited for this couple.   It's almost as if  "I" am getting married all over again!!!!! ha

Dawn is 'everything' a mother could ever ask for as a bride for her son.  These two are like George and me----they are good for each other and compliment each other.

The picture above is one of MANY pictures they made to use as 'engagement photos'... Isn't it a great picture???? I'm sure I've mentioned this many times,  but their wedding will be in October!!!!

Have a great day ---and thanks to so many of you for finding my two  surprises (the heart and the teeth) in my last post...  I often wonder how many people actually 'read' my blog --and how many just scan it.  (I hate to admit it, but I have been guilty of scanning blogs too on occasion when I am in a hurry!!!! ha)

Hugs,
Betsy

Friday, April 13, 2012

More Colors in our Yard

Every week is a little different in our yard... It has been a fabulous spring here in Fairfield Glade.  Some of the 'colors' I have showed you so far are: Crocuses, Hyacinths, Periwinkle,  Daffodils,  Tulips,  Phlox,  Candy Tuft, Red Bud, Forsythia and Dogwood.  Today,  I will share five more 'colors':   Pansies,  Irises, Azaleas,  Dianthus and our first ROSE of the season.   Hope you enjoy more of the Spring COLORS in our yard.  Above is a group of the many PANSIES we have in our yard.  We plant them in the late Fall each year and they will last until it gets horribly hot in July. Be sure and click on the photos in order to see them larger.




I love this little blue PANSY.  She is different from most of the others --and for that reason,  I think she is special.




We have 7 AZALEA bushes in our yard,  most of which are a little different,  one from the other.  The blooms are different from one bush to the next.  Today I will share with you three of our Azalea blossoms.  This bloom is from our Dwarf Azalea --which was a gift several years ago from a friend.




PURPLE AZALEA




Another PINK AZALEA (different from the one above the purple one)




This little 'cutie' is a DIANTHUS (Pinks)...  The same friend that gave me the Dwarf Azalea gave us these pretty little 'Pinks' several years ago...  This little flower is just so pretty ---so I got George to get her picture at close range.




This IRISES are blooming in our yard this week.  We have five different varieties/colors blooming now --with more to come.  Today, I'll show you a couple of groups blooming in two different flowerbeds... This picture is in our upper side flowerbed (the one which had alot of Daffodils and Tulips not long ago)... Aren't they pretty????  (Soon there will be lots of lilies and daylilies blooming in this long bed.)




These pretty yellow IRISES (Honey Glazed) are in the road flowerbed out front... This bed has more irises,  some daylilies, lilies and ROSES in it. Bearded Irises are just gorgeous.




Finally,  we have our FIRST ROSE BLOOM of the season.  This is SONIA ---and  she has 3 blooms on her already... (Things are so early this year ---blooming at least 2-3 weeks earlier than usual.)  And here's the good news:  My Gorgeous Groom brought one of Sonia's blooms INSIDE for me on Tuesday.  Most of you know that he spoils me by bringing in a new rose bud/bloom almost everyday once the roses all start blooming.  I love it-love it-love it...   (If you are new to my blog, I need to tell you that we have about 55 different rose bushes/varieties in our yard.  George grows hybrid tea and grandiflora roses---and they are INCREDIBLE.)

Have a fabulous weekend.  We're going to visit our son and daughter-in-law-to-be (October wedding) ----AND we're visiting some old friends whom I haven't seen since the '60's....  Should be a terrific weekend.  I'll see you on Monday.

Hugs,
Betsy