monkey flower (mimulus)  Although these are not abloom in my garden right now, this beautiful red flower is a Mimulus also known as a Monkey Flower because it is said to resemble the grinning face of a monkey.  (Personally, I don’t see it).  It gives bright colorful blooms that are great in hanging baskets and containers.  These flowers are very attractive to butterflies.  They like partial sun or shade and prefer consistent moisture and rich soil.  They grow 10-12 inches tall. They can also be used as a houseplant or  brought inside before the first frost.  I love this photo, I only wish I could say these were outside my window thriving, no such luck in November in upstate New York…. not until next year anyway.

~”Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.”  ~John Ruskin

                               

 

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 and the soil and sky as canvas ~ Elizabeth Murray

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ~”Fiery colors begin their yearly conquest of the hills, propelled by the autumn winds. Fall is the artist. ” ~unknown

 

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 Things are looking a little ragged but still my garden is bloomin away.

  The Montauk Daisies are still really pretty and I have some zinnias that are holding fast. 

There are even a few roses and climatis blooms hanging on until the bitter end. 

 

 

  My nasturtium are still large mounds of leaves with many flowers and I was surprised to find a  random foxglove making a last hurrah before the killing frost. 

 

 I am so glad they are such survivors because everyday they are there to enjoy ~

is one less day of missing them until next spring.

 

~”Fall is not the end of the gardening year; it is the start of next year’s growing season.  The mulch you lay down
will protect your perennial plants during the winter and feed the soil as it decays, while the cleaned up flower
bed will give you a huge head start on either planting seeds or setting out small plants.”-   Thalassa Cruso

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My garden is trying hard to keep the color alive after finally getting such badly needed rain. 

Flowers are blooming from plants I thought long gone so I am hesitant to clean up my garden just yet. 

 I like to get every bit of life out of those plants before succumbing to the reality that summer is quite over this year. 

 There hasn’t been a hard frost yet to do them all in so I will absorb every bit of enjoyment from all of them that I still can. 

It is a welcome sight to still see some lush color after such drought conditions where everything was parched and dry. 

        ~”Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and “~Carol Bishop Hipps
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 Nothing new in my garden this week, just the typical fall flowers, like sedum and mums,

 but there’s plenty of fall colors like the nasturtium and marigolds with their bright orange color.

And speaking of color,

we took a drive and the Leaves seem to have turned over night into the blazing oranges, reds and yellows of autumn.

 There may not be many new blooms,

 but these  Leaves and their colors can certainly brightened anyone’s day. 

 

~”Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  ~Albert Camus                         

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We are about at the end of the bloomin season here in upstate NY

although I still have plenty of  flowers still holding on. 

I am starting to clean up my gardens for winter, moving a few things around in anticipation of next spring. 

My morning glories and climatis are still looking beautiful as are the mums, nasturtiums and sedum. 

 There are some dahlias and zinnias left along with my mantauck daisies which are only just beginning to bloom now.   

 We finally got a little bit of rain and it is so needed.

The dry weather has caused some of my plants that might have still had a bit of life left to succumb to the drought conditions. 

 Cooler weather is coming later this week but it is October soon so I am not complaining. 

 The trees are changing quickly with a lot of color so it makes up for all the other plants closing down for winter time. 

It’s all good.

 

 

Fall is such a wonderful time of year!

 

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”~  Elizabeth LawrenceOutdoor Wednesday button[5]                                                         

 

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 week we had several rainy days that were really needed. 

 The temperatures have been cooler and it was beginning to feel fall like way toooooo soon for me. 

 

It has finally stopped and they are predicting sunshine and warm weather for the next 6 days or so. 

 Whew.  I thought maybe summer had ended. 

 

Luckily between the raindrops,

 I was able to shoot a few pics of my flowers,

wet as they were.

They are  pretty in a different way than usual. 

Dreary weather and rain change the perspective a bit,

 

but there is no denying their beauty,

in any light.

 ~I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains.  One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.  ~Adeline Knapp

  

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