A Garden Party!

Looks like there are several link ups for this party. Hope I didn’t miss anyone!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

At Home With Jemma

Poofing the Pillows

Decor to Adore

White Spray Paint

This has been a banner Spring in the Seattle area with many things blooming early because of the weather this year. Here are a series of lovelies from our yard. Calling it a garden is a bit of a stretch.


Pink Dogwood is one of my very favorites. We planted this tree just a few years ago.

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Our lilac bush was planted the same time as the Dogwood. This is the first year it is full of blooms. Last year we only had 3 blooms!


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I love these sweet Violas.

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Our Camellia was at it’s fullest a week ago. It is waning now but the azalea bush you see next to it is now in it’s glory in the photo below.

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Next to this vibrant azalea is our Rosebud Azalea that will bloom next.

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This next photo shows what the sweet little rosebud azaleas look like when they open up. As of this morning this is the first one to open.

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We have a few established rhododendrons in our yard. This yellow rhoddy is the youngest and we had some beautiful blooms this year.

13062421_10209416118108177_8720609380336203899_nThese last photos are of our very old and established Rhododendrons that were here when we purchased this old house. The Rhododendron is the Washington State Flower. These next photos were taken this morning in the rain.

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One lighter pink and the other one deeper. The third bush always blooms later than these two.

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Our patio covers are not up yet so on the next couple of photos you can see the frames without the covers. We usually put the covers up on Mother’s Day weekend.

rhoddies 012Here you see a little view of our deck patio and the Dogwood, little yellow rhoddy, and the side of our barbecue.

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This is a view of the french doors from our family room that are the most used doors at this old house. You step out on the deck from them and this path takes you to our detached garage/shop. I’ll leave you with some shots that show our deck with the covers up. This one shows the deck looking out from our family room.

Another view with our new privacy fence. Whew…you made it through. Wish I could have strolled through with you and a cup of coffee!

We just got home from a trip across the mountains to visit our son and his new bride of 10 months. It’s a 5-1/2 hour drive to get to their home. Now we are rushing about getting things ready for a trip to San Antonio, Texas for Dear to work at a conference there. I will be on my own and will explore this city that I’ve never been to and also drive to Austin to meet up with my brother and his family who will drive down from Dallas. Woohoo. Better get the laundry going. Hope you all have a good week!


About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

15 thoughts on “A Garden Party!

  1. Oh how I miss Spring (the real kind). The pink dogwood and the lilacs are my special favorites here and really do make me homesick. (Or would if I weren’t already in that state). It’s actually kind of a matter of wishing I could be in both places at once; it’s nice here this time of year — tho not the same. But the allergy season is in full swing at our other home and while it’s only mildly annoying to one of us (me); the other one would be laid low — it’s much better to be here, where he’s outdoors playing every day! (Life is full of compromises.)

  2. Such gloriously beautiful flowers, shrubs, trees and gardens! Rich and vibrant colors grace your home!
    What a treat for you to share this beautiful inspiration with us today!

  3. You’ve some beautiful flowers that includes a lot of my favorites.

    Have a wonderful trip and I look forward to posts showing all the wonderful sites. Next best thing to getting to go myself!

  4. Oh my, that pink dogwood has me swooning! I recently returned home from the Carolinas where I saw gorgeous ones as well as Camellias and Azaleas. I just bought an Azalea and I want to find a dogwood. They have to be babied here, but I would love to try one. I know a couple of people that have had success. I love having bushes that bloom consecutively, keeping color in the garden at all times. You’ve done that beautifully! Thanks for list all of us. The only one you missed is Carol from Art and Sand. Thanks also for sharing your lovely garden with our Garden Party. Have a fun and safe trip!

  5. The pink dogwood and the lilacs are gorgeous and camellias remind me of my childhood home. I need to research to see if I can plant any or all of them in my sand soil.

  6. Beautiful blooms, Ellen! Your own mini Butchard Gardens! I am thinking of looking for a yellow rhododendron for in front of our dining room window. Yours is so beautifully established. I wonder if I could find one like that?
    Enjoy your trip!

  7. Oh Ellen – the flowers are just gorgeous. Your pictures have brightened my day! Sounds like you will have a great trip to Texas – safe travels and I look forward to hearing all about it!

  8. Ellen, your garden is heavenly with the pink dogwoods, lilacs and more. How special to be able to enjoy your own piece of heaven. Happy Wednesday.

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