Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Calm before the storm....

Well we've had snow

It's melted back down

Now they are promising a large storm to descend upon us with up to 12" of snow!
The big green mass will head north along the Western side of our state right for us!

The calm before the storm...
Early this morning

On a brighter note!
I captured this Cardinal on the bird feeder
early last week.  They are so pretty with the snow in the background!

As promised I'm showing you how the Paperwhites/Narcissus 
are doing!
I'm amazed at their growth rate and that I'm getting flowers already!  
There is a method of which I haven't tried of using a solution with alcohol that is supposed to help slow down their growth rate and keep them from getting so tall.  I will have to try it sometime.

Are you ready for Christmas?
I am and thrilled that our daughter, son and his wife will be here to join us! A real family Christmas at our house!

Till then..

Have yourself a
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Paperwhites and Christmas

Narcisuss Papyraceus- 
a/k/a Paperwhites
They seem to be a favorite flower to 
plant and have bloom at Christmas time!
Mixed with red they are spectacular!

This photo is from January 2011 when
my Paperwhites were blooming.
It seemed as though the tall stems 
had found each other and 
were gracefully hugging.

This year I tried a new idea. 
I have this handled box that was sitting around with 
three glass jars in it. 
While staring at the bulbs at the 
store it came to me to use the jars for them.
I put a dressing of some artificial greens around the jars 
to give it a little more body.

I layered moss and stones around the bulbs

They're growing but it will be a few weeks before I see flowers.  

In the corner by my sink I've relocated the Christmas Cactus and wrapped the pot with some burlap and satin ribbons.

The flowers are pretty and I'm pleased to see more buds coming!

I've dressed my window with this Church 
and a small village like piece that lights up too.  The Church has little lights and the tree spins.  It has a manger on the left, carolers and the Christmas tree.  It's fun to watch while it's on.

I want to thank-you for following me 
these past 2+ years that I've
been doing this garden blog.

I'll come back and show you the 
flowers in my handled 
box once they are blooming!

In the meantime I want to wish you a
Merry Christmas to all!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Almost December!

Well, here we are with December approaching and as you can see old man winter has made his debut here!
We put this bird feeder up by our patio door so we can see the birds up close.  Of course they all hide as I approach.  They'll get used to me after a while and hopefully they won't scatter so easily!

My real plants have gone away and I've stuffed some greenery in this flower pot for a little holiday color!

More faux accessorizing! It's actually full of snow now and looks better but I'm too lazy to go out and take a new picture!

Speaking of accessorizing! The rooster statue moved over by the back door and is sporting a red lit wreath!  Notice the other fine accessories... shovels and salt!

I've decorated my kitchen window with some Christmas village pieces but my focus here is on the bird feeder that we finally moved over closer to the shrubs and now I can see it much better.

A quick shot shows a couple of the Junco's out on the ground feeding. They are fun to watch.  Some people call them "snow birds"

I noticed the red squirrel too but my camera focused on the brown hydrangeas instead of him!  That's what you get when you only use auto focus!! I need to play with manual settings more often!

Inside the home I've managed to keep my Christmas Cactus going since last Christmas when I got it.  
I"m tickled it's starting to bloom too!
There are more buds starting!
I'm told if you move it to a cool spot for a couple of weeks- such as outdoors in the fall and bring it back in it may stimulate it to bloom.  The gal at the garden center (bragged) told me how well hers was doing and that's her secret!

I hope this time of year is finding you all snuggled in and dreaming about next season's gardening!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shelter from the storm...

After last week's ambitious fall cleanup I brought in 
my last roses of the season.

It's a good thing too because after Hurricane Sandy hit we received a share of the storm with lots of rain and wind. The trees are stripped bare and there is a coldness in the air now- It feels like mid November already.

  I took this picture the Monday evening from my office window.  I felt a little guilty enjoying such a beautiful sky when I knew how bad it was getting back on the East coast.   My heart goes out too all who have been hit by 
this storm in the East.
Such an unbelievable amount of devastation 
in such a short time.  

Just goes to show you when it comes to nature 
we are not in control. 

This Friday I am joining Liz @ Rose Vignettes

Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora roses

A bittersweet reflection....last roses of the season

Come in I'll give you...Shelter from the storm

I'm Joining Rose Vignettes
Fresh Cut Friday

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Autumn Leaves have fallen...

The leaves are down and our yard was carpeted with them!  I took pictures before Dan started to clean them up.

 Everything is coated with leaves! My garden fairy looks cute sitting in the pot with leaves all around her- I had to take a picture!
 The sweet alyssum is still blooming

 So is the Sweet Autumn Clematis
 My garden statue stands among the heap of dead plants and leaves.  

 A cobbled set of stairs my husband and a friend created when we were doing the flagstone patio.  I thought they looked like they were a hundred years old yesterday and made for an interesting picture.

 They are at the end of this long half wall we had built many years ago.  This land has a continueous downward slop.   The original owners left it natural but the dirt was right up next to the side of the garage which rotted the wood.  We had our septic field rebuilt and while the bulldozer was there we had him swing around back and make us a path.  Then we had the wall built and replaced the siding.

 I finally gave in and removed the rest of the annuals so everything is now empty.

 Objects like this will go into the storage barn for the winter.

 What a mess of leaves! They're everywhere!
 I would have bet money these roses were never going to open up!  This is why I don't gamble!!

 Love the silvery tassles of this grass.

 We have a new species of shrubs- they grown their own brown leaves!

 The Weeping Mulberry tree made for a nice picture!

 The leaves of this Japanese Maple are just about to fall off but their color is so striking I had to take a picture!

 Leaves...leaves and more leaves!

 It's pretty to see but if we don't remove them our lawn will be ruined and it will get ugly quickly!
 These old Double File Viburnums have all been forgotten about.  They were transplanted here when we put on our new addition in 1996.  Their color struck me as interesting yesterday.
 Dan against the leavesit's a losing battle at times!

Are you familiar with the "Cat in the Hat" book by Dr. Seuss?  Do you remember the crazy contraption the cat brought in that was for cleaning up the house after he nearly destroyed it!  I've always said that this device with Dan's garden tractor reminded me of that crazy machine

It certainly makes a shorter job of cleaning up the leaves!
Hmm...where are Thing 1 and Thing 2 when you need them!

This old tree broke in half one year....needless to say it was dead and I talked Dan into leaving it for the you can see they've made good use of it!
It's big enough for me to stick my hand in but I didn't have the guts to!!  We have a Pileated Woodpecker that visits a lot.  I think he's resonsible for most of the larger holes on this tree.

 The sun was in and out all day and we actually got up to 80 degrees.  That was primarily why we spent a Thursday doing yard work that we would normally have done on a weekend.
 Almost done out front!
 The back is cleaned up now too!

This looks like an ad for John Deere don't you think!  He filled and dumped 10 loads of finely chopped leaves.  20 years ago we raked, and drug the leaves out on a tarp but after the new tractor came into our lives so did some new handy gadgets!  This was the largest garden tractor we could get without going into the higher priced diesels.  It's all hydrostatic controlled. 

Now after all the credit I've given to Dan I don't want you to think I wasn't doing anything! That's my corner I worked at through the day.  I emptied the dirt from all my planters and set them over here and washed them up for storage.  I got them all put in the garage too!  The three big planters in front of the garage are still there. Those plants are still strong and hearty so I decided they look nice for now and I'm leaving them for a bit longer.  I would bring things like this inside if I had room, but I don't!

I make a pile out back and in the spring I reuse it.  I buy that pre-fertilized potting soil in the bags but since some of my pots are so large I fill them with the old soil first and then top them off with some new.

The last thing we have to do is cover the lawn furniture.  I think we're about ready for the winter now!
Are you ready!!

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