Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Babysitting Conehead (a.k.a. the dog)

Goblin is recovering well from his surgery, but he's not allowed to climb stairs, run, jump, or do any other activity that dogs like to do. He can't even chew a bone because he can't reach around the giant satellite dish he's wearing to prevent him from licking his wound. Needless to say, he's one bored dog.


Since the weather was so beautiful this morning, I sat outside with him so he could take in the scenery and catch some rays. While Goblin relaxed in the sun I wandered about the yard, taking pictures. Oh, the glory of spring! I challenged myself to take pictures from all angles, as an exercise in perspective. It was fun, though lying atop fallen holly leaves was not. I did realize (again) that I'm not the best gardener. For example, does anyone recognize the flower in the last photo? It has the most wonderful checkerboard-like pattern. I know I planted it, but for the life of me, I haven't a clue what it is. Do you?





6 comments:

Carole said...

Poor dog... but he doesn't look as tho' he minds.
Glorious spring! Just love it... I need to get out and take more pictures, too.

Natalya Aikens said...

i know what flower that is... it's on the tip of my tongue....
glad Goby is feeling better!

Sue Reno said...

It's a Checkered Lily (Fritillaria meleagris). I've lusted after them but never planted any, so you are one step ahead of me there!

wlstarn said...

Ah, yes! The dreaded cone of shame! Both girl cats had to have one after getting fixed. We had a cat years ago with a broken leg who wanted to chew the splint off. this is a much better alternative, even if it is a nuisance.

Michigoose said...

When I had Luna spayed at 5 years old (why her original owners never did, I can't imagine) she actually was able to destroy the edge of the collar. The vet said he had never seen anything like it...but that dog was smart! I called her the Siberian Lampshade dog...and her shadow when walking was most amusing.

Another name for your fritillary is Guinea hen flower....There are tons of different fritillaries and are under planted in my book...Fritillaria imperialis, imperial fritillary is fantastic! My little Persian fritilaries are on the way out.

Love it!

Vivien Zepf said...

Thank you all for the plant education; I knew I could count on you. Now to go out and get some more fritalliarias!