I haven’t been posting as much lately because I fell and injured my finger.

It has kept me out of commision and doesn’t allow for too much gardening or fast typing.(picture left hand only typing while I’m right handed)

  Thank goodness for my husband who really has been picking up my slack.  I am foreman on the job as he calls me. 

I think he now has a new appreciation for all the time and work that goes into putting in plants and weeding.

 I try to get out there but my hand just doesn’t allow me to do much at all. (I am learning a lot about patience.)

 Luckily my garden has returned with out too much fuss this year. 

 I guess the past 3 years of adding plants has paid off because it is filling in nicely. 

 It hasn’t kept me from going to pick out new plants, it’s the putting them in that poses the problem.

 I have had to resort to my left hand and it has been very frustrating so I leave it to my right hand man (my husband) and count my blessings that I  have  an aweseome husband and a lovely yard to sit and enjoy while I heal. 

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Thunder,

our wonderful dog who is an English Setter.  He is showing his holiday spirit in front of our RED front door with it’s RED wreath.

 ~”Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”  ~Roger Caras            

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These pumpkins are HUGE. 

A local orthodontist has these gigantic pumpkins carved every year and puts them in the front of his office for the passerbys to enjoy.

I am not only in awe of the size but also of the work it took to carve them. The largest one stands about four feet high. 

It’s hard to tell from these photos just how enormous they are. 

 It’s a very traveled street so they are seen by many and always enjoyed.  

 

 What a Halloween treat!

  ~”Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch” ~ Linus

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I took a ride with my son, his wife and their daughter Gracie to see the beautiful October foliage and to get our pumpkins. 

  We were headed to their friend Matt’s house.  He grows pumpkins and sells them in the barn outside of the farmhouse he is remodeling. 

 He has done a magnificent job restoring this very old home and barn. 

 There is pretty much nothing in the barn right now except for pumpkins

and plenty of them. 

 After a look around we easily settled on a few.  There was one imparticular little pumpkin in the patch that we couldn’t resist…

 she’s a keeper.

~”I never met a pumpkin I didn’t like”.~unknown

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The sun has been shining the past couple of days

and the flowers seem to be making their last hurrah,

 almost as if they know the end of summer is closing in. 

The cooler temperatures make them happy but they sure could use more rain. 

The bees seem very busy trying to get their last bits of nectar,

as are the monarchs as they flutter along their journey stopping for a rest on a random butterfly bush flower or nasturtium. 

It won’t be long now and we will be closing it all down,

 anticipating spring once again.

~”Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to spring.”~ Doug Larson

 

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 Although it is spitting a bit of rain here and there today and the temperatures are only in the high fifties, the temperatures over the past few weeks have been sweltering and we have had very little rain. 

No amount of watering has seemed to quench my garden’s thirst.

Not even the very recent cooler temperatures are helping because it has been windy.

That seems to dry everything even more than the lack of rain. 

  My flowers are still trying very hard to look lovely,

 and succeeding, mostly. 

 I try to look past the dried out dirt between them and only see their colors and beauty. 

Ahhh to be blinded by love.

“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.”
-   Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Last Friday, my husband and I hit the Madison- Bouckville Antique Show.  I thought it would be fun to show for VTT.  It is a huge gathering with over one thousand dealers in upstate NY.  It’s in the middle of corn fields surrounded by more corn fields.  Really pretty.  We look forward to it every year. 

This time we went on a Friday and skipped the actual show that you have to pay to get into, and just visited the dealers that rent space in the main street.  There are more than enough to keep us entertained for a full day and their prices are better outside of the show.   There are all kinds of great food, snacks, beverages and most importantly cool stuff. 

I always spend the first hour or so being completely overwhelmed and then my mind focuses and I find things that interest me.

 A cute pair of chick S &P shakers for $5 made me very happy.

 One of the things that I noticed a lot of, were metal chairs like the ones my back yard is full of.  I just recently posted about redoing a few I found on the curb. At the show, they sold for at least 38 dollars or more, in curbside condition, as you can see in the photo.  None of them were fixed up at all. Pricey, I thought.

 I bought a few items for my garden from an artist there that did lawn ornaments and trellises.   

My big find of the day was the wonderful chaise lounge from the same eras as my metal chairs.  I had never seen one of these before and we were absolutely thrilled to find it. We promptly snatched that up for $40.  The arms are a well worn red and the wheels are red too.  I am now on  a mission to find  the best fabric to make a cushion for it.  It was a great find.  I will post pictures of the finished project soon. 

 

 We had a great time! Can’t wait to go again next year.

Just living is not enough.  One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.  ~Hans Christian Anderson

 

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  Walking through my garden today,

   

there were plenty of smiling faces wanting their photo taken. 

  

 I was happy to oblige. 

 I hope your flowers are grinning at you today too.

~ “Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Although many of my plants are giving a wonderful dose of color to the garden,

 I can’t help but enjoy a few of my pots that are bursting with color also.  

 

I have had a few casualties due to the heat this summer, but most have not only survived, but also thrived in the heat. 

Container gardening can be very rewarding with many kinds of plants. 

The trick is to choose plants that share similar requirements such as light, water and sunshine, and put them in to quality soil that has very good drainage. 

 Keep them watered, give adequate amounts of sun, fertilize occasionally and they should reward you with wonderful flowers and lush greenery until the end of the summer. 

 Speaking of that, I couldn’t believe I saw mums in the store already, 

I am not quite ready for that, 

 

not yet anyway.

 

~”Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”
-   William Shakespeare 

 

 

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 It’s mid July, time to see what’s going on in our gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloomsday.  It’s also Fertilizer Friday!

I have a lot blooming,

 

so it makes it hard to believe my yard and gardens are showing the stress of very little rain

and extremely high temperatures.

   My grass is brown in spots

and some of my plants have given in to the heat and lack of water.

But most are doing great!

 

So those are what I am sharing today,

 the resilient plants that continue to flourish despite the conditions.

 

So I have a few empty spots that would normally be lush and full,

but that’s okay because everywhere else is alive with color. 

Somehow that makes it seem a little bit cooler outside.

Happy July!~”Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”  ~Russel Baker 

  

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