The Princess Tails

The Musings of Zena, a Tibetan Terrier sharing her life and wisdom with Raffles, a Standard Poodle

The Princess Shows You Hers


Yesterday. At least I think it was yesterday. All the days are rushing into one at the moment.

Where was I?

Oh yes. Yesterday, Mollie over at Mollie Dog Treats gave us a tour of her garden and asked us how our gardens are growing. So this morning when we came back from our romp at the park The Help took some pictures. They are not very good, but they give you an idea.

We are in Australia in case you hadn’t realised. So it is not summer here, it is Autumn, the end of Autumn. Nevertheless some of the plants don’t seem to realise it.

These roses have been flowering off and on since Spring!

These roses have been flowering off and on since Spring!

These Petunias on the back fence seem to be enjoying the cooler temperatures.

These Petunias on the back fence seem to be enjoying the cooler temperatures.

The Potato Vine clambering over the shed is one of The Help's favourite thing in the garden. It flowers all the time and even though it has invaded the shed she loves it!

The Potato Vine clambering over the shed is one of The Help’s favourite thing in the garden. It flowers all the time and even though it has invaded the shed she loves it!

The climbing roses are still climbing and rosing!

The climbing roses are still climbing and rosing!

The Boss' geraniums are still adding some colour too.

The Boss’ geraniums are still adding some colour too.

And our grass is green again after the summer.

And our grass is green again after the summer.

Just in case you don’t believe me when I say it’s Autumn, this is our maple tree in the front garden.

And the leaves?

And the leaves?


Here they are – waiting for a strong wind to blow them around the garden again!

So that is my autumn garden.

Then this morning I went to Doggy’s Style and he alerted us to the importance of having a good photograph on hand for emergencies. This has brought to a head my long hair debate. If I went missing would this photograph do me justice?

Is this the stunning Princess Zena?

Is this the stunning Princess Zena?

Cute and Cuddly - yes

Cute and Cuddly – yes

All that combing, bathing and hard work and this is as good as The Help can do? My hair can get three times as long as this but we’ve had a chat. I’ve had enough of the comb. The Help’s had enough of my wriggling so today I go for a pampering at the local spa. Nails done, hair washed and cut and tomorrow a new Princess Zena will emerge – one with eyes you can see!

Have a great day everyone.

With love from Zena, the knotty Princess!


Author: Zena

I am The Princess (aka Zena), niece of Zac the All Black and awesome Tibetan Terrier who took me in when I was just a six week pup and tried to teach me all he knew. When I was six and he was eight, Zac crossed over the rainbow bridge and all of a sudden I was alone. I could no longer be the ditzy, happy-go-lucky pup that I had been. This is a diary of how one Princess managed when the world turned real.

38 thoughts on “The Princess Shows You Hers

  1. What a great yard! Me LOVES it!
    Me is just catching up. Mommy has NOT been helping me blog much. She has been saying she is X-AUSTed! Me is going to fire her, but me is not too sure where to finds a new assistant. Wes has gone from a furry hot spring to a furry cold spring! Me can’t wait for summer!

    • I am so with you Nellie. I have often thought of getting a new Help, but to be honest I think she is the only one who truly understands my creative character so I’m stuck with her, even though she has proven herself incompetent on many fronts!
      I hope your spring warms up soon 🙂

  2. Aha, I was wondering who stole our nice summer weather – it was the Aussies!

  3. It’s going to get cooler there, you need protection from the elements. I say no grooming, no baths.

  4. You have a pawsome garden Princess Zena – looks really spacious. We are at the tail end of autumn here in South Africa too…we think it’s a good thing ‘cos dad is about ready to go level 5 if he has to rack up any more leaves *BOL*.

    We can’t wait to see you post-spa day!

    Wally & Sammy

    • Thanks guys. I guess I won’t be as cute but I’ll be more wash and wear, quite useful going into Winter. WWe only have the Maple that has to be raked, makes it an easier garden, and as we are not allowed bonfires it’s just as well.

  5. That yard is as good as a park! Lucky you 😀 Hope the harido isn’t too short with winter coming up.

    • Winter here shouldn’t be too cold for me and it will be easier whilst the park is a bit muddier than usual. We have a reasonable garden, would love a park 🙂 That would really give the big guy room to run

  6. Your garden looks awesome Zena. Autumn shows such beautiful colors. I like your hair, you look like a little Beatle. Have a wonderful day 🙂

  7. Your garden looks really pretty, Zena. The wisteria in our garden still has a few flowers left, it’s been lovely.
    I think you should have long-haired and fresh-from-the-spa pictures available for emergencies.

    • That’s a good idea, or puppy pics, they’re always cute. We have some wisteria too. The Boss planted it this year. The plants at the back on the Pergola are huge, the one at the front is pathetic! We hope it will perk up next growing season.

  8. Wow brilliant yard, we would have so much fun playing in it together if only you weren’t so far away!!

    • I know. It is sad that we can’t all meet up at the leash free and have a good romp – we could show you our favourite places 🙂

  9. What a lovely garden you have! Wish mine was as big as yours.
    have fun at the spa today!

    • It didn’t seem as big when we moved here. It was only when some big trees were taken out that we realised how much garden we had!! It’s needed with the pup.

  10. Zena your garden is beautiful and so big 🙂 You have a berd table like us 🙂 We love snooping round our buddies pads.. Bawahwaawww Have a wonderful Wednesday and youz looking good girl 🙂 xx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • We don’t have as many interesting corners as you do in your garden. The Help saw some lovely courtyards in spain once, and she’s always wanted a courtyard. The first house they bought in Australia had a courtyard off the bedroom and they planned loads of hanging baskets and pots to recreate the look then the drought hit, water restrictions were brought in and they watched everything shrivel up! The Help has finally realised that it is better to get native, water friendly plants here!

  11. Oh Zena your yard is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Just like you! My Mom is quite jealous of all the lovely plants you’re in charge of there and all that nice GREEN grass – I’d love to roll around (and eat) that! As for you going to the beauty parlor for “the works” – I quite like your current “look” with the long hair BUT I just bet when you’re all trimmed up you’ll be just as lovely AND no more icky combing! YAY!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • It’s a big hooray to the no more combing Sammy, but they cut me a bit shorter than I wanted! And our grass does look lovely and green at the moment because we’ve had some rain. It is strange for The Help who comes from the Northern Hemisphere to get used to the fact that the garden has more plants flowering in the Spring than the Summer and that the grass is always brown in the summer because of the heat.

  12. And you don’t dig all those nights flowers out?

    • The penalty for digging is S E R I O U S. The Boss would not be amused. The pup ‘helped’ in the garden a couple of times but soon learnt that it was not appreciated! We are allowed to look, run but not touch!

  13. My Mom is TOTALLY in LOVE with your GORGEOUS garden! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  14. You have a great back yard – I love it. The potato vine is phenomenal! I think you look good in the picture – you are an eyecatcher as always! I’ll bet if your picture would be on a milk-carton, all people would buy milk!

    • That is such a nice thing to say Easy – I think my picture should be on a milk carton to experiment and make me famous 😀
      The Help loves the Potato Vine too and has it planted in lots of places. She has some in the ‘kitchen’ garden, called kitchen garden not because it has herbs but because she can see it from the kitchen window!! That vine falls over the neighbours trees too and they love it – it never stops flowering. We don’t know what the secret is but she loves it.

      • I have a silver lace vine in my backyard and once this guy overgrew all other plants – it was like a tunnel. Sadly dad removed this paradise, because it was hidden my pee-place. Now I have to do my business in public – how mean can humans be?

      • In public!! That is inhumane. I go to my special place around the corner and I don’t like anyone watching, some things are private. The pup doesn’t seem to mind he is flamboyant and will go right in front of anyone and anything, but I have standards!
        Love the sound of a silver lace vine. You should sneak and plant some more though we have no control over the gardeners. I can see that potato vine disappearing one day 😦

      • I can’t understand this humans, first they dig holes – deeper and faster as I can, put green stuff in it and are happy when they see some leaves. They are excited as monkeys when the green thing grows… but then: they celebrate a chainsaw massacre and kill it. That’s just crazy…

      • Love it Easy! You are so right. And they have the cheek to get annoyed if I walk on the flowerbeds of if the pup does any ‘gardening’. Sigh. I will never understand them at all.

  15. Love your garden and the shaggy look Zena 🙂

  16. You have such a beautiful garden, Zena! It must be so much fun for running and playing 🙂

    I hope you have a great day at the spa; I know your furs will look just wonderful, as always!

    • It is a little more dangerous to run and play than it used to be. Now when I run outside I have a huge Standard Poodle tearing along wanting me to play with him like his pals at the park. If I am careful I can run underneath him but if I get the timing wrong….. oooomph!

  17. Your garden is absolutely beautiful–fit for a princess! My mommy loved the petunias on the fence. She just had to pull the last of ours up because here it is early summer and much too hot for them. Come to think of it, it’s getting to be too hot for me, too!

    • I enjoy the garden more in the Spring and Autumn and some sunny winter days than the summer. In summer I enjoy the air conditioning! It sounds like you should be heading for that soon 🙂

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