Sunday, September 18, 2016

September Garden Tour

Summer is fading away, sadly.
Days are getting shorter and cooler,
 and darkness comes way too early. 

I am sharing some photos from my September garden. 

Nasturtiums are glowing in September.
This flower I start from seed each year.
We've had a lot of rain this summer
which was good for flowers and gardens.


Red, yellow and orange.

For more on nasturtiums, 
check out my previous blog post 
click here.


Black~eyed~Susan/rudbeckia
adds sunshine to any garden. 

Coneflower or Echinacea 


Tamarisk Shrub
A dainty feathery shrub 



Love~Lies~Bleeding or Amaranthus 
I started from seed also.
Planted in an old barrel.
 This plant can grow from 3 to 5 ft. tall.
 Those red panicles hanging down are all seed.
They make nice dried flowers.
(That's a cucumber plant growing out of the barrel)

An amazing plant...


Zinnias 
for the first time, 
 and I'm pleased at all the colors and varieties.

Zinnias

Isn't this zinnia gorgeous?
My flower of the year!!

Sedum  ~ always welcomes Fall.

The farmer's almanac predict a long cold winter.
My brother burns wood for heat in the winter.

All this wood.
Cut, split and piled to dry.
I think he could win the Guinness World Record
for the longest cord. LOL
On the other side are props to keep the wind from blowing it over.
After drying, it is piled into the wood shed.

Italian tomatoes
for my  bruschetta

Autumn's bounty fills the trees with 
 food for us, birds and animals .

Honeycrisp apples
great for pies
MacIntosh Apples
great baking apples also.
The deer feast on fallen apples.



Food for the birds 
rowans

Homes for the birds.
A birthing place
in the Spring.
I hope you enjoyed my little tour.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Wonders Of The Woods




A walk in the woods in August.

The sounds of birds singing and chirping  
the fresh scent of evergreens, spruce trees,
 hemlock, cedar, juniper etc.  fill the air.
Finding berries and other wonders of nature.

One of my favourite things to do.



Sun shining bright
Lots of raspberries
Ronhdleberries 
Grow under a bush, low to the ground.

Could these be elderberries,
 I found growing in the woods this year?

Can anyone identify this berry/plant.
The 3 leaf tells me that maybe it's toxic.
Another shot of this pretty plant

 ~Mushrooms~
I am not familiar with mushrooms in the woods.
Some are edible, not this one.

 Ornamental grasses


 Just a few of the many wonders of the woods.


Thanks for your visit. xo



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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Summer Flowers

Summer is coming to an end, sadly.
Days are getting shorter and evenings cooler.
Children are returning back to school.
I am sharing more of my summer flowers.
A follow up from my
Summer Garden Tour,
I posted a few weeks ago.



Love Lies Bleeding or Amaranths
planted in an old barrel
I started from seed.

Tansy - grows wild in this region.

~Black Eyed Susans~

Iceland Poppies started from seed and 
planted in front of the old hayracker



~The Backyard~
 ~Pump on a Stump.~
5 large maple trees had grown together
and were cut down last Fall.
To view how they were cut, click here
Helenium and golden marguerite daisy, 
pretty growing together.
Another part of the stumps my sister Ann
made a "tic-tac-toe" game with her painted rocks, 
lady bugs and bees.
Sorry Ann, I set the game up wrong. 
The red lady bugs cheated, there's too many.
 I will replace one lady bug with a yellow bee. 
And retake the photo after the rain stops.
A repurposed old clock
I used as a decoration on this stump.
 "the hands missing in thyme." 

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"Hens and Chickens" succulent plants, 
have a little spot in the front garden.
~Hostas~
 A great ground cover and low maintenance plant.
I have many varieties.


~Lillies~

~Camomile~
great for teas

~Geraniums~
so pretty and bright

~Lovely Lady's Slipper Orchids~
15 slippers on this one plant.

Duchess of Portland Roses
Plentiful in this region
For more on these beautiful roses,
click here.

~Peonies~
Smell so nice....

~Bluebells~
can be invasive.

An old teapot missing the cover is
 repurposed for a birdfeeder.


~A Nautical Spot~
Things I find on the beach.
Suzanne painted the little lighthouses.


Thanks for your visit. xo

Just living is not enough... 

One must have sunshine, freedom, 
and a little flower. 
~Hans Christian Andersen~

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