Gardening, with a passion, everyday!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


If I haven't said it before Ill say it again...Fall IS my favorite season!  No, it isn't because I love raking leaves constantly for a month straight or...the rain we can get for days at a time either, I rather hate both of them two factors...Its the colors and the different smells...that you don't see at any other time of year.  Fall flowers are one way to stretch out the gardening season until the bitter end.
I hadn't put much thought into fall gardening until a few years back when I started taking note of my neighbor's garden which, in October, still had beautiful color.  The mums were particularly striking and that was the day I went in search of them.  I planted the mums in but lost a few plants over winter.  come to find out, fall is not a good time to plant them.  The roots don't have time to grow since all the energy is concentrated on producing the flowers, so I propagate them in fall with cutting for my daughters and friends to plant in the spring.  I have a large garden window in my kitchen and this works great!
This is my new mum I got this year, couldn't resist the beautiful red color, or the basket it was in.  I realize I probably wont be able to save it over winter but I will cut it off and put it in the garage and see what happens.  I have did many cutting of this mum and they are doing well so one way or another I will have some! 

I picked up this beautiful purple flowered mum last year and it is striking and the flowers are just starting to bloom.  The other pictures below are more mums, hope you enough them as much as I do!

Happy Autumn to all!

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Natures beauty has always been something I am very fond of, maybe that's why I love gardening so much...maybe that's why I spend alot of time outdoors period!
What could be better then hiking a wilderness trail in the fall just to capture the beauty in your minds eye so it can be put on a piece of glass.
My husband and I have an in home Lamp working business.  We capture each season as we see it, for others, as a wearable piece of art.  Hope you enjoy these....
Autumns end apple tree

Autumn beauty

Peaceful bluebird

Winter Cardinal

Lilac tree

Midnite moon

beautiful butterfly

Autumn Pumpkin Patch

Windswept pumpkin patch

Roosting Robins

Thanksgiving turkey

Majestic monarch
Thanks for looking!
If anyone is interested in seeing more of these beauties, just pick the bead on the right hand side of the page at the top of the blog!

Friday, October 5, 2012


Here's a beautiful collection of fall photos that my husband took.  They are too irresistible to not share!

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did...Thanks hubby!

Saturday, September 29, 2012


So as we put the gardens to sleep for the winter and do the last bit of clean up, I wonder to myself if I will survive the long winter.  I guess I wonder that every year as this time approaches!
I was laid up with a bad leg most of the summer so I feel shafted out of a season plus it was so dry here the gardens just withered away......But.......
I'm stocking up....yup, getting ready so to speak, with great new Ideas.  I'm going to be busy  busy, researching new plants and Ideas.
This is what gets me threw the harshness of winter.  Yes they are only books but to a gardener they are more then that, these chase my winter blues away! Every gardener knows what im talking about.

These are my new gardening encyclopedias....I'm not into clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc....I'm a book junkie!
These Garden Gate Magazine's are the best ever!
And of course we get Birds and Blooms AND Birds and Blooms extra which my hubby loves to read so I told him I ordered them for him (hehehe)
I'm feeling pretty good about the up coming dread of winter...I think I'm going to be just fine....Oh and Ill be cooking from my new veggie cookbook too!
Isn't she a beauty!

Friday, September 21, 2012


Every year when I put out my bird house, it does get occupied, has never been occupied by a bird.
Yes folks you are seeing is a tree frog.  Not sure if its the same one each year, but it or they seem to prefer a house to a tree.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


As most of you know, it wasn't a really good gardening season for me.  If you don't remember I will refresh your memory......
Ah yes...the boot.  I hobbled around with this on from June 5th until the beginning of September.  It is finally off but summer is pretty much done and I'm just in time to do the fall clean-up.
The filtration in the pond is pulled and only the aerators are running to get the fish threw the winter.  The pond is covered with the net to keep the falling leaves out.  Because of the hot summer...which barely happens here....algae was a big problem and the pond was never clear.  Oh well, theirs always next year.
I also want to thank my helpers.  I'm almost sure I couldn't of done it without them (not).
All in all I'm just glad my leg has finally healed and there is always fall to look forward to....which is my most favorite time of the year!