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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Here's what I've been up to! What's new with you?

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of

 winter to give it sweetness.” 

I know I've been remiss at keeping up with my blog and my fellow bloggers. I apologize for "falling off the face of the earth". 
Here's a little update on what has gone on the past few months.

Our home is about 90 years old and much of it was still wasn't insulated so we had that done. 

We sanded and finished our dining room floor. The cost was minimal and we love the results, although, I must admit, we are getting a little long in the tooth for such projects.
We also had parts of the house that needed it insulated. Between the two projects and the dust it caused, I was sick most of the month of November. 

Idgie admiring the floor.

This is a Sellars Kitchen Cabinet which is in the dining room. I love the piece but have considered selling it because it's really too large for the space. 

Flour bin

Original pulls. It really is a lovely piece if you like antiques.
I got into collecting because we were very young when we married and didn't have much so people gave us old furniture and I realized that I like it!

I also took a ride to New Hampshire to visit with my sister, Pam and her husband,Ray. This is her new shelf. They traveled a bit with the military and have some great things! I'm very fond of Don Quixote and Sancho from Spain. They're hand carved all one piece.....

This is Brady. He's 20 lbs of love. Pam named him for the NE Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.

On the way home from NH,  I took a trip to visit my former neighbor Sherri and see her new place. She left a lot of furniture at her old place because it didn't match her new home. I took a table she left and did it over in shabby chic to match her new color scheme. She was very happy with it.

Sherri lives on the water! This beach is a few steps from her home.

So far, we've only had an occasional dusting of snow but lots of rain!
I have to admit I'm not crazy about indoor gardening but have saved Coleus and Begonia to replant in the gardens. 

Merry Christmas!

May you all have a joyous Holiday and relaxing winter. 
I'll be back when I start itching to dig in the dirt!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

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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