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Friday, October 31, 2008

Pretty or Interesting



Or Pretty Interesting...

A few early morning pics in the back yard, and still in my pajamas.


















My husband always leaves his garden shoes outside.
There's something there I didn't see when I took the picture.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Angels Dance



Most of my trees are evergreens...so there's not much color going on in the yard.
But this...





And this...







Can you imagine angels
dancing in the garden?






All are welcome to take this gift or give it away.
This is a "thank you" for just being there.
I hope the words bring happiness to your heart.

(Please no credit to me. No strings attached)
This will be on be side bar to take whenever you like.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday Whimsy



Since I have interest other than gardening...
Wednesday Whimsy is more of a suitable title for this day of the week.



.......................................Shades of Gray





Sunday, October 26, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday




More 2007 flowers from seed.

Blackberry lily/Leopard lily (seeds from trade)
I love the one that's getting ready to open.
I'm not sure what you call it but it's like a fern unfurling.

Same going to seed


Spiderflower-Cleome (seeds from trade)
Had fun with these flowers because you can prune them one week
and then the next week you have flowers again.


Zinnia Profusion Apricot Hybred
Hardy plant that flowered late into October. Needed weekly pruning.


Harlequin Sunflower
American Goldfinch loved these and so did the gray squirrels.


Nicotiana sylvestris (Tobacco plant)
Interesting plant. I've seen these in a mass planting on one of HGTV's
Great American Gardens program. I'm not sure if it's right for my size garden.


Dahlberg Yellow Daisy
Pretty little flowers.
Look best if pruned once in awhile but it's a little time consuming.


Dwarf Queeny Mix Hollyhocks (seeds from trade)
Three feet tall and didn't need staking!


Moulin Rough Sunflower
Of course the birds and the squirrels liked these also.
A nice change of color.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Two Thoughts



I think we all get a million seed catalogs through the mail. Here's one of them, as well as Garden Gate magazine, which has terrific ideas...wish I could show you some photos from the inside but that may be illegal.



Also I'd like to introduce two fun young bloggers Chad and Brandy at
My Backyard Life.They are certified as NWF BackYard Habitat.

Yes, I said "young"...not that any of us aren't young. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Fabulous Fall Decor Award"





An Award for me...you shouldn't have. :)
Thank you Kim.
This is called the "Fabulous Fall Decor Award".
Presented to me by Kim at Wishnik Woods.
I have little in the way of "fall decor"... but get the idea.





Guess what happens now ? You got it ! Now I pick 6 people to be the lucky recipients.
All of you created beautiful fall decorations and or great fall posts.
I think everyone has some wonderful fall/autumn posts but I can only pick six.
Anyway here goes...

Joy @ Garden Joy 4 Me

Giddy @ Crafty Gardener

Angelika @ Fushsienrot"s Gartentraum

Shady @ Does Everything Grow Better In My Neighbors Yard

Cameron @ Defining Your Home

Robin @ Robin's Nesting Place

Frances @ Faire Garden


"The rules are simple...you pick up this award photo and post it on your blog. Nominate six people/blogs of your choice for this same award. Then finally, you need to let the winners know that they have been chosen!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


From the hand with trowel.



From the hand with brush.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday



More 2007 plants for GTS.
Starting Canna plants from seeds is easy and a fun way to try out different kinds without the cost of buying bulbs. The bulbs from these cannas weren't saved because I didn't want to repeat them this year. I have more than enough seeds saved to try again in the future.


Pixie


Pixie (same seed pack as above)Think maybe they got mixed up?
Much shorter and very prolific.



Glauca


Patens


Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Day in October




With warmer than normal temperatures this time of year,rarely dropping below 68 degrees during the day since spring, it's no surprise to see happy impatiens and my Camellia Japonica budding.

I can see autumn toeing it's way in with the fading of some flowers,tree leaves starting to turn yellow, and our Douglas Fir producing hundreds of cones.

Funny,one reason I enjoy this time of year is because it's time for change, a rest from the heat and most of the chores of the growing season.
It's not hard to love gardening with all the rewards that it brings,but there is more than one season for most of us.
This coming season is one to relax,reflect and of course make plans for the new year.

Finally I'll be moving some plants,trying to get it right for next year and pulling out those annuals.
Time to mix things up just a little then give it a rest.




This is my one and only Hydrangea flower.


Impatiens that will be biting the dust. I have some all over the place.


A gazillion cones on the Douglas Fir.


I believe this is golden sage. I won't mention something I pulled out by mistake.


My favorite zinnia so far it's called "swizzle".


I yanked these out also.


Camellia Japonica may be in too much sun. I'll give it one more year.


The bees were upset when I pulled up these cosmos.


Dixieland maiden grass is now in a pot. Just don't know where to put it.


Persicaria microcephala(red dragon) got moved to the front.


Hydrangea blue wave lace cap found a new home.
Wouldn't bloom for 2 years where it was.


What starts out like this...


Winds up like this.This is one year of debris.
Not really what you would call a compost bin.


Last thing to do is plant a few mums. 4 for $10. sold !






Found a home for my Montauk daisies.


Finally a pleasant surprise.