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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Autumn!

I reverently believe that the Maker who made us all makes everything in New England but the weather. 
Mark Twain


This Mum was a double every year it's come up except this one. 

Petunias making a final farewell......

The Lavender plants have bloomed several times this season. I grew them from seed and this is their 3rd year.

Chinese Lanterns.....If there's ever a nuclear war, Idgie, cockroaches and Chinese Lanterns will survive!

The Sedum is turning deep pink....a sure sign Fall is here.

Wild Asters....I think. Their true color is light purple.....

Gaillardia is on it's umpteenth bloom.....the pollinators are happy.

Another rose bud. 

Boltonia? I'm not sure....but I love it.....it reminds me of looking through lace.

Another petunia hanging on.

Beauty Berry

The Hydrangeas are full of huge flowers but the colors aren't as vibrant as past years. It must be the dry weather.


Idgie imprisoned behind the dining room screen. She has spent two nights out in the past few weeks...much to her delight and our horror!
Once again, the weather is crazy. It was 70F when we got out of bed this morning! It's only 75F right now but very humid.....humidity is my nemesis.
Andy & I went to church this morning. Our usual Sunday routine. He is on the praise team.....guitarist. It's always nice to see my good friends and listen to a great speaker full of wisdom. It's a small congregation which suits me fine. 
Last year, I put 5 Mum plants in a galvanized tub. I pulled the dead plants out in the Spring and a bunch of babies came up! They're transplanted around the garden and a couple of them have buds! I'm very excited to see what colors they are.....Pictures will follow!

Today, I'm grateful that Idgie survived her adventures!

Happy gardening, Flower Freak.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 2014

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.... September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Some surprises

The flower isn't perfect but it is a surprise. This first year rose bush is blooming for the 2nd time! 



This Balloon Flower is a new transplant from Nikki's front yard.



This is a first year Clematis. There's one lonely blossom but,  I was told it wouldn't bloom for three years. Surprise!!

This fiery red Yarrow was a Spring purchase. It's covered in dew.

The Wild Geranium has bloomed off and on all season.

More Daylilies! They unfurl differently in the cool weather.


Signs of Autumn







I did a search to get the names of the above wildflowers. They were called False Asters and Boltonias. They are so pretty. If the one in the last pic was a bigger flower it would be a garden favorite. It doesn't get much prettier than that purple center surrounded but white petals.

There was a good rain on Saturday evening and the temps have dropped to the high 60's (F) today and that is what I'm grateful for!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Here Comes the Sun

 "Here comes the sun, here comes the sun 
And I say it's all right 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes 
 Sun, sun, sun, here it comes” 
George Harrison


Anyone who has read my blog with any regularity will know that I love the play of light on the garden. There's something magical about it.....Here are some pics that I took this past week. 

Morning sunshine on the Stonecrop with Liriope in right forefront


Part of a Solidago plant in the sun.



I love looking into the woods and seeing a carpet of ferns. The tree in the background uprooted and fell on other trees that are holding it up. 

White Echinachea and Coral Phlox

Helenium

Helenium....same plant. I love that the flowers are several different colors.

More morning sun on the garden.

Barrel containing Succulents

Rose bush with sun on white rock.



Looking east into the woods as the sun peeks through.

More morning sun.



Stonecrop and Shasta Daisy. The Daisy is new to the garden. 

I want to walk in there and smell the ferns as I brush against them.

Maple leaves bathed in sun.

This pic was taken about 6:30am

This pic was taken around 7:30am on the same morning.

This morning, I hand watered. There still hasn't been any rain to speak of and there's still a watering ban in effect. We can water 7-9 mornings and evenings only. The only plants I water are the ones that were planted this year. So many of the perennials are withering and dying back. On a more positive note, I'm glad it's happening at the end of the season! And, it's good to know that they are mostly resilient and will pop out of the ground next Spring or self-seed. 
What I'm grateful for today are the colors of Autumn......The countryside is set ablaze for a while and it gives me a lift.
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Friday at the Bogs

I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips. 
Violette Leduc, Mad in Pursuit


Friday, Fran and I visited a place that she showed me last summer in Pembroke, MA. I love it. It's a cranberry bog that has been reclaimed by nature and has no formal name. Many people hike through here. 
The road leading into the bogs.

Looking out over the bogs there's a barn in the distance.

Cat 'O' Nine Tails grow in the drainage ditch that runs along the outside of the bog.
A Cat 'O' Nine tail exploding and spreading it's seed near and far. Many years ago, I had one do that in my house!

This is very familiar but I can't think of the name.

A little brightness in as landscape going brown.

Sumac

Queen Anne's Lace.....it could grow on the moon!

This Cedar tree lost one branch.......

I like the shape of the rock.....

There were several kinds of Solidago growing.

This grass is so eye catching. 

More grass........getting ready to sleep.

This grows in the drainage ditch as it likes moisture.

More Golden Rod

This looks like some kind of wild Aster to me.

Guess who in the foreground! Wild Kiss Me......another plant that could grow on the moon!

I'm disappointed that neither of us thought about heading to the bogs before this. Last summer, it was amazing. There was all kinds of wild life and birds. I will definitely make an effort to get some pics earlier in the summer next year.
It's been very hot and humid....Mother Nature is making up for a mild summer.....it was 73F at 7:30 this morning. It's almost 94F now. We are very much in need of rain.....we could use a couple of days of it. So many plants are fading early.
Well, that's all that's going here in SE Massachusetts.
Today I'm grateful to God for his patience with me!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak