~”Thanksgiving, aClick to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.fter all, is a word of action.” ~W.J. Cameron

Looking back and comparing my yard to when we bought this house 3 years ago.  I can’t believe the differences. web-img_77742

 This was  the fencing of the yard that first summer. We also had one of the huge black walnut trees cut down that was old and unhealthy.

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This was the far back corner of our yard as the fence went up.  The corner was filled with weeds and overgrown forsythia bushes that hadn’t been taken care of forever.  There was an old fence and lattice between the yards.

We made a perennial border the year after.bbefore

I kept adding flowers.

The following year we put in a stone patio so we could enjoy the garden in the back corner of the yard which of course I add to every chance I get.

  It is now getting very full with perrenials as well as lilac bushes I planted along the back near the fence. 

Just about every afternoon after work, my husband and I sit out there and take in the flowers and watch the birds. 

I can’t believe how much better it looks and how enjoyable of a space it has become. 

 Thunder agrees!

~”Gardens are a form of autobiography. ” ~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993

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web-213 are my old metal garden chairsas as well as my adirondack chairs which I have shown before  but thought I would share again.    web-184

Slowly over the years I have accumulated all of these chairs. web1

I found every single one of them on the curb and brought them back to life with sand paper, elbow grease and most importantly RED paint. web-185

  I  love turning a piece of junk into something wonderful and useful.  web-jkl-142

They give my yard character and color and the price was right.  web-197 

~Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.  ~Palmer Sondreal

               

 Gardening by the moon is an age old practice.  Since the moon controls ocean tides, it is believed that it influences the groundwater tables beneath our feet and the movement of fluids in plants.  This is why planting at a certain phase and harvesting at a certain phase is supposedly beneficial.  These photos I took of the moon by no means do it justice but they remind me just how amazing the moon is. web-moon-041

    The size of the moon when it first appears on the horizon is enormous. It appears like that because our brains perceive a low moon to be larger than one that’s high in the sky.  They actually have a name for this ~Moon Illusion. The moon also can appear warmer or reddish on the horizon.  This is caused by moonlight passing through a larger amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead, this scatters the bluish part of moonlight (which is really white light reflecting from the sun), but it lets in the red parts of the light which travel a straighter path to our eyes.web-mu

 The Harvest moon is actually the full moon closest to the fall equinox.  It usually occurs in late September or early October.  It was called that because it’s brightness made it possible for farmers to harvest after dark.

  After doing a little reading I found out the November full moon which is also referred to as the Beaver moon which lets you know it is time to set your beaver traps before the swamps freeze. This info ensures a supply of warm winter furs for a trapper. So if you are a trapper, get to work soon.  If you’re not you can do other things when the full moon is out like dance by the light of the moon, or howl at the moon, or turn into a werewolf…web-moon-058

It all sounds like lunacy to me. ;) 

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Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Already thinking ahead to next gardening season? 

 It’s time to plant your bulbs into your garden before the ground freezes up. 

 The Roto Planter is a great way to get your bulbs planted quickly and with a lot less work. 

Just attach it to your drill and dig your holes.

Simple as that. 

Your back and knees will thank you.

 

  

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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 On a drive to see the autumn leaves,

we came across an old abandon  house. 

Although it was run down,

 the red front door paint was still vivid and eye catching. 

To me, red never gets old!

 ~”It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. ” ~P.D. James

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]                                                         

Here are some of the beauties still thriving in my garden.

Even though I have had trouble keeping them quenched, they are still trying their best to shine. 

  I guess you can’t keep a good garden down. 

 Thank Goodness!

I Hope your garden is still bringing you pleasure despite the heat and drought of the summer. 

~”No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.”~~John Donne

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I had wonderful visitors to my garden the other day. No tours were necessary as they already knew their way around quite well.  They came for one reason and that was nectar.

It was a Butterfly bush or Buddleja Davidii. 

 This is a shrub that is easy to grow in most conditions. 

 It comes in shades of purple, pink, white, and even orange.  They are true to their name and attract butterflies to the garden for pollination.

 Even bees and hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar of the fragrant butterfly bush.

It’s flowers bloom from summer through fall.  They are easily propagated by seeds, cuttings and root division.  

In fact, some consider Butterfly bushes to be invasive in some conditions so you have to be careful that volunteers don’t begin taking over your garden by crowding out other plants. 

Although they can become scraggly with their quick growth, they are a lovely addition to a cottage garden. 

~”The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”~Rabindranath Tagore

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