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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Last of the Autumn Garden

Every season hath its pleasures:
Spring may boast her flowery prime,
Yet the vineyard's ruby treasures
Brighten Autumn's soberer time.
So life's year begins and closes;
Days, though shortening, still can shine;
What, though youth gave loves and roses,
Age still leaves us friends and wine.

Thomas Moore (1779–1852), "Spring and Autumn"

We are heading toward the end of Fall. The leaves are turning dark orange and gold and brown. After a couple of frosts, a lot of the flowers are gone. The lawns and streets are littered with leaves. What a magical time! I love the smell in the cool, crisp air and the sound of walking on dead leaves. There's nothing like it! It was windy a few days ago and I had the privilege of watching Butterfly Weed seeds flying in every direction. 
On the 31st we are having our last cookout with the family. The kids are going to dress up in costumes and we are going to have a little fire to keep warm while we give out candy.

Lovely Asters

Creeping Thyme

Butterfly Bush

The honeysuckle I planted last year has taken off!


Autumn Liatris - I love the colors!

Hydrangea is such a beautiful color this year.

Barberry Bush

Wild Aster

Beauty Berries really pop when the leaves die.


Look at the seeds waiting to escape from the Obedient Plants

Butterfly Weed

Gaillardia still making a show here and there.

 seed heads
Wild Asters with a bee on them.

This is the poor, bare and neglected obelisk that Andy made.

Mallows are beautiful.

Well picked flowerhead.


Today, I'm grateful to God for meeting all my needs and then some!
Happy Autumn Everyone! 
Flower Freak

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Borderland State Park in All It's Fall Glory

"In New England we have nine months of 
winter and three months of darned 
poor sledding." 

Old New England Proverb

Saturday was an incredibly beautiful Fall day. Paige and I went to Borderland State Park to get some pictures of the foliage. We were here in the Spring (May 30th posting) and took pictures of the estate and grounds around it.
This time, we took a walk down to the lake.

It's man-made but that was so long ago that it's part of the scenery.
I can't tell you how big it is but a walk around it is about 3 miles.

This is the lodge. It was a gathering place for the original owners right by the water.
There is a lot of plant life growing near the shore.

There are a couple of really beautiful White Birch trees by the lake.

There is a section of the woods that has huge rock formations.

They are amazing!

Today, I'm grateful that Saturday was so gorgeous and that we had the opportunity to enjoy it!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Sunday, October 11, 2015

More of an Autumn Garden

October's Party 
By: George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came—
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."

The Mallows keep coming!

Old Faithful, Mums. They're yellow but my camera refuses to take true colors!

I have Asters that have come back year after year. 
Stonecrop, Sedum adds so much to a Fall garden!

More Mums that return every year.

After a week of rain the Butterfly Bush bloomed like it hasn't all summer!

Balloon Flower 

I love the play of light on the Beauty Bush

Zinnias still blooming

This markdown rescue Marigold grew huge!

Beautiful Plumbago

White Echinachea isnt willing to become Gold Finch food yet!
We are having a brisk Fall. It was 43F when I got up this morning. I'm in heaven! This month has been a time of winter prep with more yet to come. I moved plants around, thinned some and gave away what I could. I hate to see good plants go in the compost but, sometimes that's the only choice. There's a very dry section of the garden under the Maple tree and everything growing there is stunted. I took the plants out and put a bench there. I'm through trying to make it pretty. One big project I've been putting off for a couple of years is the garden under our dining room needs to be completely dug out and replanted as everything has grown together.......guess I better get going! I hope you are enjoying the change of seasons as much as I am! I'm grateful for the beauty I'm surrounded by!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak