Sunday, February 22, 2015

Graceful Sunlit Sunday

This day the softly lit snow just seemed graceful...
From the bedroom window you can see the pattered footprints from the birds and squirrels that lead to and surround the bird feeder station.  The sun is there but the wintry sky is acting as a filter today.

We've had a tough week temperature wise which I'm sure a lot of you've also had.  I awoke to -22 (F) degrees a few days ago and that's not a wind chill factor- that's straight up.

Glistening snow fluffed on every surface…the colder it is the more it sparkles!

Patiently waiting for spring!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Here Comes the Sun!

It's always such a joy to see the sun coming up over the horizon especially after a difficult couple of days weather wise. 
24 hours earlier white-outs and blizzard like conditions overtook the area.
I guarantee Valentine's Day was a bust at the restaurants around here!

The thermometer was as -12 degrees this morning.
Creaking sounds come from the woods as the trees adjust to the extreme temps.


The birds were even reluctant to come to the feeders but as the sun rose more and more they all started showing up.  I tried to capture some pictures through my windows- I'm staying inside!

The Beatle's tune "Here Comes the Sun" always pops up in my mind on days like this.

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right….

Looking out my office window as I tapped away at this post.
The day is looking promising!


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunrise to a Sunny Day!


Having my morning coffee watching the sky change as the sun rises on this crisp morning.
It's all of 7 degrees right now!

Hues of pink appear as the sun accents the clouds

Quietly the sun rises and then birds visit the feeders

 The Nuthatch feeding off the suet

Some Chickadees are also visiting.  The Cardinals haven't shown up yet but they will.  

Well enough of snowscapes and bird watching…time for breakfast!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Season's Greetings Everyone!

I couldn't leave well enough alone- I had to plant something!!

November 10th

I planted some Amaryllis.  One is called Magic Green and the other is called Wedding Dance

November 22
These bulbs took off growing like they were on steroids!

December 7
I put everything near the sliding glass window to catch the morning sun.  The Magic Green is now 36" tall!  My Christmas Cactus decided to join the fun too and is budding out!

Dec. 10
The flowers opened fast


They have a soft yellowish green to ivory coloring 
with burgundy accents

As they age they get lighter in color and look more ivory



With the sun cast on it the Magic Green really looks yellowish/green.  The white Wedding Dance one started blooming promptly

I love this one- the flowers are huge- 8" across and have this pretty lime green center and a wonderful textured petal.  This one is described as being from Africa

Dec. 18
The Magic Green is all done blooming but the the Wedding Dance Amaryllis is in full bloom.  The Christmas Cactus are blooming nicely.  That's a seed ball on the right that's going out to the birds soon.



I decided to set it on the hearth.  I've been reluctant to put anything fragile there because of our 7 month old kitten that can be a bit rambunctious!  


I wish winter was sunny like this more often!   We were under the "gray dome" for days.  Snow has come and gone 3 times.  I think this might stay through Christmas- let's hope!  So far this winter is nothing like last year- thankfully!  We had 70" of snow by the same time last year and were experiencing sub-zero temps.  It was a brutal winter!

I hope you are relaxing and enjoying the holiday season!  
Merry Christmas to you all!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sunny morning- wintry weather!

November greetings!!
 The sun made an appearances in between the clouds this morning. 
We're all buttoned up here for the winter and the landscape looks completely different than it was only a month ago.  

As you can see winter like weather has already hit our area.  Thank goodness we don't live a bit further north because they got 9" in some areas!  Way too early for that kind of nonsense!!

Those pots are going inside this weekend.  I was dragging my foot on letting go all the way!  Some of the oak and beech trees are still hanging onto their leaves.  

 I cut back all my hydrangeas and I even shortened up my spireas.  I hope they'll bloom next year- some bloom on old wood and some on new.  All the small odds and ends have been put away. 

 Dan cut wood pieces to fit the pots.  It's a marine grade plywood which will last for many seasons.
I took these pictures last week before the snow came.

 The fountain all prepped (I think it looks like the Command Module from the old Apollo spacecrafts!)



I hope you are ready for winter!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last of the season!

Fall greetings! 

I went out this morning and snapped a bunch of pictures.   Everything is pretty much done and I need to finish up putting things away for the season.  We had so much rain for a couple of weeks that nothing got done outside.  We had a hard frost two nights ago- it got down to 25. Only a few flowering plants are still hanging in there.


These pretty hot pink hydrangeas have finally started to shift color and are done.  

I've go to fish out all the little fairy garden pieces and put them away, otherwise the heavy snow will ruin them all.

Looking down the garden path you can see the beautiful Japanese maple tree contrasting so beautifully with the yellows and rusty tones of fall.

Isn't this cute- the brilliant red leaves are sticking to the foxtail fern.  Some of them are so brilliant in color they don't look real but I assure you they are!

I'd love to bring these ferns in but seriously I don't have a good place to keep them growing.

The fountain is still running but…

barely since it's loaded with leaves.  This will be shut down this coming weekend when we begin the final clean up.

Up until a couple of days ago these begonias were still going strong…but alas they've succumbed to that hard frost.

This is another Japanese maple that is beautiful this year.  Some years are better than others!

This fairy garden is ready to rest too.


The ferns are all done and headed off for their winter nap.

We have an abundance of acorns this year.  I literally slipped on them and nearly fell as I walked down the little hill.

Making my way around the south side of the house another Japanese maple contrasts so nicely with the big blue spruce tree.  You can see that this area is primarily loaded with oak leaves.

Looking back the other direction- love seeing the sun shining through the trees and the leaves glowing. I sure wish it would last a lot longer!

The island still has some green plants.  I think the big spruce tree shields them.  


Near the garage you can see a mix of ash and maple leaves here.  They've filled my fall planter display up too!

Talk about hard core!  These  mini Black Eyed Susan's are still blooming!

So are these Foxgloves.  I had no idea they were such a sturdy plant!  The Autumn Joy Sedum still looks nice too!

The bird bath has a fine layer of ice still on it.  

Another fairy garden ready to sleep.  I cut and trimmed a lot of this away a few weeks ago.  It had gone wild and all the fairies and accents disappeared into the plants.

Some more diehards. 

Just three days ago- you can see the trees still had most of their leaves yet.

 I'm enjoying the daily view- taking pictures to remember!



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