Monday, May 7, 2012

Flower dogs

After 4 1/2 years in my house, finally my front yard is starting to take shape.

Every year I've planted a few new bushes, and I guess it takes a few years for them to really reach their potential.  
The yard is still no stop on the Takoma Park home and garden tour, but at least its not the tattered wasteland of bare ground, weeds, and shredded plastic flower pots that it was when Lars and Fozzie were tearing around it. 

Collette is an energetic little person, but she and Fozzie don't get into wild playing together the way Lars or Sandy did with Fozzie. 


Two dogs who really have a good chemistry together are fun to watch, no question about it. 


But its also kind of nice not to spend every moment they're outside together cringing as my pretty plants get smashed into the ground. 

And to actually have a relatively healthy rose bush, with roses that are  fragrant and somewhat abundant, makes me feel pretty darn accomplished. 


For some reason, Fozzie and Collette just seem to get along OK without having any particular feeling about each other.

Collette tries to engage, but Fozzie's just not that into it. 

I'm proud of Fozzie. 

For such an impulsive dog, he's pretty nice about how he lets a pesky youngster know he wants to be left alone. 

Is it just that he's out of that blush of youth that fostered such an intense bromance between him and Lars? 


Is it just that Collette's not as insistent as Sandy was, so its easier for Fozzie to resist getting pulled into a game of tug or chase?


I'm not complaining. I love my dogs but I also love my flowers. 

And I especially love days where I can enjoy them both together. 

I hope your week is full of sunshine and flowers, and that all the beauty in the world fortifies you to fight even harder to preserve what's left of it!


  1. Absolutely beautiful! You have such a lovely variety.

  2. Beautiful! Your roses are just lovely! Enjoy it!

  3. Don't you love it when things finally start to come together and take shape! All of your flowers are beautiful! Love the roses!

  4. Your yard is looking beautiful.

    I have the same ambivalence about providing fun play space but keeping something pretty for myself. I try to schedule playdates for the winter and fall. And i'm a big fan of sturdy plans like hostas. Even dog love doesn't hold them down for long.

    Now slugs? That's another matter.

  5. Beautiful flowers! Inspiring me to get off the interwebs and tend to my garden as we speak. :)

  6. Beautiful! Enjoy the flowers, my friend!

  7. Looks like you have the best of two worlds...beautiful flowers and beautiful life companions!

  8. Your yard is stunning! The flowers are all so beautiful and the colors so vibrant! What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy. I am glad the dogs are respecting it and that you can all share the beauty together.

    I love the picture of Fozzie and Collete (seventh photo down). Wonderful photo!

    K and Suka

  9. Very pretty yard. Yeah we would suffer from the tearing around dogs syndrome if we were ever to try to make such a pretty yard. :)

  10. Hi Kirsten, very nice work. It's nice to be able to enjoy Fozzie and Collette together with your garden.

  11. Beautiful! I cant wait till the bushes we planted this year grow up :)

    Stop on by for a visit

  12. Your garden is so pretty! I'd love to have that kind of colour in my little yard. Fozzie and Collette look great together too. That pic of her trying to kiss Fozzie... :)

  13. One day I want to live where I can grow roses. My current house gets no sunshine; I can only grow impatiens and begonias. And of course the hostas come up every year, but that's the doing of the previous owner.

    I can't even get grass to grow in the back yard. :(

  14. Beautiful flowers and such pretty pictures with the dogs! My dogs have destroyed the grass and run over just about everything they can get their paws into. Darn dogs. But they're worth it. Darn dogs... :)

  15. Thanks for sharing your lovely garden and flowers; simply beautiful - you give me hope for my non-dog space...what little there is of it.


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