Sunday, November 3, 2013

November frost has arrived!


 We've finally gotten some killing frosts.  Every year is different.  This autumn season has been mixed with lots of rain, some snow and bursts of warm days.  Just a few days ago we were in the mid 60's.

This morning things are frozen hard.  We are promised a warmer day today and tomorrow with no rain so it's become a must to get outside and finish our winterizing.
October was an unusually busy month for us with two trips both around 800 miles one way only 10 days apart.  We caught a small sinus virus and that didn't help either.



I really dragged my feet this year.
Today I'm going to cut back some plants and finish
emptying the dirt from the pots.  

The mums had a nice frost on them but their pretty color is still there.


Happy Sunday 
I hope your week will be great!    

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Really???


Lucky us.... we got snow already!!  Really???  This is way too early- good thing it melts as soon as it warms up.  This was our 2nd day of it and a bit more is coming.
  
I removed some of the plants from their pots but not all of them over the weekend.  I haven't emptied the pots of their dirt yet.  I figured I had plenty of time! 

 I stood at my back door and shot these pictures... I like the virgin snow on the pumpkins and plants - even if I am bummed to see snow so early!




 Aren't the hydrangeas all pretty laden with the snow...

Doesn't the bright orange look spectacular against 
the snow!  I'm sure they're doomed now.

Neighbor's house
Out my office window
I better hustle and get those pots emptied- I have a feeling we're in for a long winter!









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Friday, October 18, 2013

Autumn in full swing!

We went away for 6 days and came home to this!
The colors came on fast and the leaves dropped quickly!

I walked around the back and took a few pictures.

It's always pretty to look at but it also means a lot of work has to be done.

We haven't had a killing frost at our home yet.
I need to give up and empty the rest of my pots and put them away for the upcoming winter months.

Even the wax begonias are still hanging on

Perhaps if it's not raining tomorrow we'll have an outdoor fire going and get some of the pots emptied.

   The fountain is flooded with leaves and the water has turned brown.   Time to shut it down for the season too!

The violas have revived- they like cooler weather

These Black Eyed Susan's are still blooming
Gees what a mess!

The Sweet Autumn Clematis has been blooming.  

The hydrangeas are coming to their end

Time for hot chocolate and cozying up inside!

How are your gardens doing?  Are you ready to put everything away for the season too?  


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Monday, September 23, 2013

Autumn Greetings

 It's officially here!

I wandered about the yard today and snapped off a bunch of pictures.  I saw the sunlight hitting these trees through the woods and it captured my attention.  I felt very fall like.

Not that I want to rush the seasons, but I think I'm ready to rest a bit from tending to all my flowers and plants.

  We've had an unusual amount of rain lately and I haven't had to worry about watering anything.   I haven't been seeing the hummingbirds anymore- I'm sure they headed south already.

Dried leaves fall even though the trees haven't turned yet.
It starts to get messy.


My garden areas are still alive and well, but there are some telltale signs that the plants are done for the season.

The hydrangeas are starting to change and get that papery look.  This is a small PeeGee Hydrangea tree.

For days the bees been all over these flowers on the 
Autumn Joy Sedum.  It was very chilly last night and these guys were not moving fast at all.  We had a frost warning but it didn't happen.

I noticed my little girl statue looked like she was staring at the sedum too! 

 You can see some leaves that have nestled in here already. 

My Queen Elizabeth Rose is taller than me now!
(Grandiflora)

I've had the best luck with this rose bush.  It's not much for fragrance like a tea rose is, but it has the looks.  Our northern climate has proven to be difficult for some of the roses I've tried over the years.  This one is a keeper!

I tore apart my planters in front of the garage.  The plants in them had become quite unruly and I was ready to see some fall coloring.  I did spare this one because the bees have been so active on it.  

I had an idea that Dan helped me put together with the planters.  I created a Mum and Pumpkin topiary with gourds.  

I've also decorated my deck which is where everyone first comes to when visiting.



  

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Happy Sunday

Good Sunday Morning!
I hope you are enjoying this last week of summer.
  
I'm delighted that my morning glories have finally started to bloom.  

It's a wee start but I'm happy just the same.



Now if the Sweet Autumn Clematis would show it's blooms I'd be really happy!  I can see the little flower heads forming so it won't be long.  


It's wet and overcast today.  Good think I spent yesterday outdoors.  I am starting to make a transition into some fall flowers.  I picked up some beautiful mums.

 I have plans for these!


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Friday, September 6, 2013

Crisp Mornings



Crisp mornings have arrived.  We've been dropping into the mid 50's at night and every morning there is dew on everything.


I was staring out my kitchen window at the pretty purple Vinca flowers and noticed how nice the the Limelight hydrangeas looked in their background so I decided I should pop out there and snap a picture.

I captured a morning shot of the fountain.  It was chilly though so I didn't stay out long!

These little begonias have done well.  I'm about to give up on Lobelia though.  It seems like the slightest misstep on watering and they poop out on you too easily.  These are scraggly and some of the other ones I have are all browned and gone.

Love these fuchsia's.  They've done well and of course the hummingbirds love them too.  I love to plant flowers and shrubs that the birds, bees and butterflies enjoy.

The last flowers are out on these Hostas.
These guys are super tall.
  
Fujibotan Hosta.  A plain medium green leave with a slightly wavy leaf.  A late summer bloomer.

The Browallia took over the window box.  The pink New Guinea Impatiens I planted in there are buried underneath.  

The Limelight Hydrangeas are still looking good.  This set of shrubs is on the backside of my house and bloomed later than the ones out front.

  The arbor is loaded (all on top) with a combination of the Sweet Autumn Clematis, a climbing rose, and some Morning Glories which I still  haven't seen flowers on.  Any day now I'm sure!

Everything is still healthy and growing here.  Some of the pre-potted hanging baskets I bought look terrible though.  I think they over pot them and use cheap soil.  
The one I planted myself looks great, but the others are done.  



I sent my daughter home with a pitcher full of my hydrangeas.  
We mixed some Limelights and Endless Summer ones together.  


How's it going in your neck of the woods?




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