Thursday, June 23, 2011

Flashback Friday ~Late Spring and a New Angel

I didn't mean to be gone for so long. Life gets in the way! For a Flashback I thought I would show whats been going on in my yard the past month I've been away. Spring was long, wet and chilly and due to some late frosts plenty of things were lost or set back. But time marches on and things begin to bloom to spite all of that ickiness!

The columbines are just about finished but they were beautiful!

And so were the Pacific Coast Iris

The Poppies were very bright....

My Lewisiia is still blooming by the bubbling rock

More irises..

The clematis is a favorite but I'm not sure of its name

The blue geranium mixed with the sweet woodruff was really pretty

And Blue Ravine clematis which is a similar color is growing nearby.

The blooms on the Lady's Mantle are unassuming, but I love how the raindrops hang on the edges of the leaves. Click the picture to get a closer view.

This Mountain Bluet is more of a purple color

The forget me nots are just about done now, but boy were they pretty this year - they are my spring weed of choice!

Another blue geranium

And Multiblue Clematis - lots of blue in the spring!

Big lollipop allium with California poppies in the rear

Here's an evening shot of some of the ginormous hostas

Its not all blue though...these pink columbine were extra sweet.

And the rhododendron bloomed with the bleeding hearts this year

Azaleas and more forget me nots

And this cute little saxifage

And finally one of the main things in my garden that I look forward to every year...The lilacs! Can you smell them??

Finally...a sadder Flashback and tribute to my sweet Mother in Law Darleen, who passed away June 1st. She was a beautiful person with a fun loving spirit and will be sorely missed. I'm sharing my favorite recipe of hers and possibly my very favorite cookie ever.

Darleen's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt

Beat shortening, then add sugar, then eggs. Add and stir in peanut butter. Mix in rest of ingredients. Rolls in balls and pressed with a fork. I bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. Let them cool for a couple of minutes on the pan the remove to a rack to cool. Makes 5 dozen very delicious cookies. To me they are the peanut butter equivalent to a Pecan Sandie which is a very high compliment in my book.

We Love and Miss you!


Alison said...

My condolences on the loss of your MIL. Sounds like you two had a good relationship.

You have some beautiful flowers growing in your garden. Thanks for sharing them with us.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Beautiful shots, Suzy. Your MIL looks like she was a fun lady. Condolences to the whole family.

ann said...

Welcome back. We missed you.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Glad you're back, you've been missed! My sincerest sympathies on your MIL, she looks like a lovely woman, such a sweet smile :)
Beautiful flowers, Suzy, the cookies look delicious.

Simona said...

Your beautiful photos have captured my soul .. yours cookies too Simmy I follow my heart happy

Beth said...

Suzy, Your garden is stunning! I especially like the clematis, saxifage, hostas and poppies. Looking forward to your Ice Cream Social. Condolences on the loss of your precious mother-in-law.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I'm so sorry to read about your Mother in Law, Suzy. I know you will miss her beautiful smile. Your photos are wonderful. It looks like we will get some nice weather this week...finally.

Marigene said...

Sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. You have the most beautiful clematis, Suzy.

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