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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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Planting and Readying for winter.....

Yesterday we had a perfect and gorgeous fall day. It climbed to 70 degrees and there was a full day of sunshine!  We've had a lot of rain lately- in fact 6" to be exact last week.  
I had my Tulips and Narcissus to get planted so I set out to make that my main focus for the day!
First up is a picture from last week overlooking our garage.  The color was at peak!
This was yesterday.

I love the drama of these tall's my nature's cathedral.

 I had 70 bulbs to plant. Since I have landscape mulch, I rake it off to the side and dig my hole...I put that dirt in the bucket so I can neatly pour it back on and then rake the mulch back over.
These will be the new faces!

I dug 7 holes and 10 bulbs went in each spot.  They all got a dose of fertilizer and now I can't wait to see them next spring!

My 2nd focus was to remove the annuals from their pots. These coleus were definitely done!

My favorite garden cart was filled a couple of times...notice the black gloves!  I sure got messy yesterday!

The Japanese Maple was gorgeous and from the backside even prettier! I only used my iPhone for my pictures since I was in the dirt and didn't want to risk getting my good camera polluted with sandy dirt.

The fountain has been turned off and the leaves have turned the water brown.  It will be emptied, and cleaned out before winter.

I hated to remove these plants since they are still growing, but things change here quickly and I really need to get this   winterizing going. 

I pulled out all the Impatiens plants- they were definitely done growing.  As you can see the hostas are yellowed out and ready for their sleep.

I looked up while working and noticed the neighbors tree so I had to take a shot of it.  

The Geraniums are still blooming away.  I didn't take these plants out- I didn't have the heart!

The Alyssum seems to be enjoying this cooler weather and blooming away quite nicely! 

Just a shot from a different view point!

The hydrangeas are turning color too!

The Limelight Hydrangeas still blooming.

I emptied the plants from the large planters out front of the garage.  The Sweet Potato vine had done a lot of growing underground!

This is really hard for me to do but I pulled all the plants out.  

I'd rather be doing this in nice weather rather than wait until it's so cold I have to wear a coat and hat!  November can be a real mixed bag of temperatures and precipitation!
I came back later and rinsed things down since I made a big mess! I'm going to dump all the potting soil in one area out back and reuse it next year.

I seemed obsessed with pictures of my garden cart yesterday!  Perhaps it was just to remind myself of what I had done!

On my way out back to dump these I took yet another picture of my cart!  

Early in the morning a few days back I captured this sunrise.  I loved how the Hostas glowed in this shot!

Well that's a wrap...Thanks for coming by!

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