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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 it.....it'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 us......it 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 Mullein....it 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, though.....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

Wildflower Wednesday is brought to us by Gail at Clay and Limestone
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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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