Friday, September 28, 2012

Last week to this week!


Everything is still alive and well.  
We've come close to a frost but so far we're good.

The sun was back lighting the trees leaves and they look as though they are golden yellow already but it was just for a few minutes.
Today there was fog and a hint of smoke from a wood fire burning- very pretty start 
to the day!

I hope your weekend will be great! 
Our average temperatures are in the mid 60's during the day and the upper 30's at night.  
There are signs of the leaves turning and
I believe we will be in full color in the next two weeks!

Toodles!!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rainy with a chance of sun...


We are experiencing rain with intermittent sun...literally!
I told myself get outside while it's not raining and catch a few pictures! Everything always looks so pretty after a rain.

My grasses are topped out!

My flowerless Endless Summer hydrangeas on the right...healthy and strong...ho hum.. I will have to wait until next year for flowers!  The Limelight hydrangeas are doing just fine.  I'm going to be snipping some of their loveliness to enjoy indoors!

They are ready to bring in and start drying!

The ferns are about done.  They've been fabulous this year...and no that is not a giant snake...it's a hose!  Funny thing is it's a black hose with a soft yellow stripe and at times it does look like a snake!  

At the edge of the woods are some wildflowers blooming...one of which is responsible for my plugged up head right now- darn Goldenrod!  
The other is (Actaea) Baneberry or Bugbane...
I always thought it looked poisonous and after reading up on it I found out the whole plant is poisonous- the berries are the worst, if ingested. It can cause a sedative affect on the heart and cause immediate cardiac arrest! It doesn't bother the birds which are the primary seed disperser.  The Indians used the roots for pain for female problems in women.  Sounds to me like it would numb you!

I meandered towards the fountain area but from a different point of view and snapped a quick shot.  All the impatiens are heavily weighted with the rain.  The grass is loving it!

Everything is still green and growing. Doesn't quite look like fall yet does it!

Wouldn't you know the Sweet Autumn Clematis is blooming and it's raining!  I actually took this a few days ago...

This is it today! Copious amounts of flowers for a change! This is the best year for these that I've ever had..wouldn't you know it's going to be 
raining for several days!

See what I mean!  I had to share our forecast with you!

Not 10 minutes after I took these pictures it was dark and gloomy again! It's definitely intermittent today!

Just a few days more and it's officially fall!
Saturday September 22 to be exact!
My autumn display on the deck...love these crazy shaped gourds and colorful pumpkins!

How's the season in your area?  Any signs of fall yet?


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Sunday, September 16, 2012

All Things Bright and Beautiful




All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great
 and small,

All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,

Each little bird that sings,

He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,

The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

 The cold wind in the winter,

The pleasant summer sun,
 The ripe fruits in the garden,

He made them every one.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
~Cecil Frances Alexander


Have a beautiful Sunday!  

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

What season is it?

I'm joining Tootsie Time: Fertilizer Friday 
and
Fistail Cottage: Cottage Garden Party
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I walked about the yard this past weekend and took random pictures of things still blooming.  I kept thinking about how we are at the end of summer yet there is still plenty of life in the plants.

One of my hibiscus (Rose Mallow-Luna Blush) finally bloomed!  I found it peeking up behind the shrub where I planted it last year...of course I expected it to be much taller...
perhaps next year??  The other one I planted looks like it's going to bloom but so far it's still holding out.
Not exactly flourishing but I'm new to growing these so I really don't know what to expect.  




Still a few peeps of color here and there....

This magnolia has been re-blooming for a few weeks...
I've seen it bloom a 2nd time before but we had a lot more flowers and it's lasted a long time...crazy year! 


Shaggy...

Our Ash tree dropped a few leaves early....they magically land in my flower bed!
Peek-a-boo

It's more enjoyable to have fires in the fire pit now that it's cooling off.  

 This plant was identified to me by Mindy as being Kenilworth Ivy...I googled it and she's right!  Interesting too it says it's native to Northern Italy!  Who would have known! I love this turtle now that he's getting a nice patina!  My husband likes to bleach off the green from the stones, but I stopped him a few years ago and now it's  aging nicely!

Coleus always provides color! 
The weeping Japanese Maple is starting to change it's colors...

            These will look the same until the first frost...then things will rapidly change.
I recently stained these concrete pedestals.   Truthfully they didn't come out the color I wanted but I'm going to leave them be.  They look more like stone now which is better than the white concrete look they had.

En Masse

The arbor is full and lush...the morning glories have been enjoyable to watch.....each morning it's a new picture!

 Last Friday..my favorite so far! 

My Garden Mascott - Sherwood


Time to plant some mums...

I hope you are enjoying this last bit of summer...I know everyone is ready for fall!

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