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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.......What a difference six months makes!

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The last of the perennials. :(

On this GBBD it's nearly impossible to find outside blooms here in SE Massachusetts. I thought I would do a before and after so you can see the difference between July and November. 

The color of the Butterfly Weed in bloom is almost blinding. I used to think that orange wasn't a summer color but I've become smitten with it! As you can see by the picture below, It has nearly dropped all of it's seeds and looks a little bedraggled.

We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it. ~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860

July in the garden was amazing. There were blooms everywhere I looked. The old wood stove Andy gave up for me was covered. Now, it looks so bare! 

Besides the Autumn poets sing
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze...
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind—
Thy windy will to bear!

~Emily Dickinson

I tried to take pictures in the same area as the July pictures. It's amazing how different it looks and how difficult it was to find a landmark......

Look at the Shasta Daisies and Globe Amaranth! So wonderful in the summer. A little desolate looking in November.

It's been so long since I blogged....and so much has happened. The flowerbed is pretty much tucked in for a long winter rest. There are still a couple of things needed to be done but I'm dragging my feet.....By the amount of frost in the garden, I need to get moving!
We have had two snows since I wrote! One in October and one this week.....fortunately, it didn't accumulate but it's too early.....It's an odd thing to see snow and Autumn leaves together.......We almost never see snow before Thanksgiving. Nor do we (I) want to see it!!
Our home is about 90 years young.....there were several parts of it that hadn't been insulated so we had that done. What was suppose to be a two day job dragged on for a week. We had to move things out of the way in the cellar and attic.....the house looks like a bomb went off in it.....we did manage to get a few things straightened out so it looks like a small bomb went off instead of a big one.....There is also insulation dust......the dust rags and vacuum are getting a work out! I'm praying things will be (our) normal before Thanksgiving!

Today I'm grateful to realize that in 6 months winter will be past and I'll be digging in the soil again!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall is Afire!

falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly

John Bailey "Autumn"

Here in SE Massachusetts Fall is upon us. The Maples are turning color quickly! Usually orange or bright red, they are so bright they jump out at you. It's hard to drive without getting whiplash! There's no need to go to New Hampshire to leaf peep......just ride around the town.....

Once every twenty years or so there is an Autumn like this that is more colorful and brighter than all the rest. Weather plays a big part in's very dry and cold at night......I don't know if both play into it. I just know it's wonderful to see.

This old Maple tree is up the street from is spectacular this year. 

Golden orange.

I cropped the street out of this pic but my computer isn't cooperating. The colors here are a mix of red, yellow, gold and a pinkish red.....

I love how the deep green and red leaves are mixed together on this tree....which I think is an Ash.....

Part of this tree has turned color and some is still green......

It could be a flowering tree in bloom it's so striking.

We don't have a lot of Oaks because of a blight that wiped them out many years ago....but, they are making a slow comeback. 

Rhoddy turning beautiful shades.

The Mums are starting to bloom!

Purple Aster and Lamb's Ears.....

More Mums.....these grew from some I bought last year.

Pretty in pink! I love this succulent.....

Butterfly Weed pods are opening......I was so happy to see them. They remind me of fluffy kittens.....

Our ancient Spirea changing with the season.

To get a better idea of how lovely these trees really are click on the pics and see the bigger version.

Today, I'm grateful for the nursing home and staff who care for my brother. I hate his situation but am grateful he is being well cared for.

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday 9/24/14

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. 
Doug Larson

Here are a few wild flowers that grow in the outskirts of our property. You may recognize some of them as real pests.

Verbascum thapos self-seeded in a pot.
This is a Bamboo that has naturalized. It's  roots grow to  the center of the earth (a slight exaggeration) and it's nearly impossible to get rid of......
This little bugger sticks to everything! I couldn't find it, or didn't recognize it when I researched it.
Oxalis.......a real  pain in the garden!

Phytolacca rigida         Pokeweed

This one throws me. I would think it's either a Boltonia or Aster but the leaves don't look like it......

I usually love research but have found it exhausting and uneventful today. The above pictures are wildflowers of weeds, whichever you choose to call them. I walked around the outskirts of the property and found them however, I couldn't find them in books or the internet so, some of them are named and some aren't. 

The Teasel and the Mullein are in the garden. Teasel is pretty well behaved and adds texture and winter interest.  

As you can see  by the Pokeweed, plants are fading fast! By looking at the Oxalis you wouldn't know it, could grow on the moon!

The Daisy-like white flower is either a wild Aster or Boltonia......probably. I have a new book on Wildflowers of the Eastern United States by Wilbur and Marion Duncan and I was unable to find any of the plants I am unable to name....

Today, I'm grateful for the change in seasons.....Fall is just beautiful this year! 

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

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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 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.