My wonderful husband brought me a dozen roses yesterday.

  What a treat and he didn’t even know I needed an R word for today’s post.   

He knows that I am in desperate need of a flower fix now that Jack Frost has stolen them all away from my garden.

~”A single rose can be my garden”.~unknown


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


01. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: General · Tags: , ,

On this first day of November I thought I would reminisce and look at my flowers from warmer days.  

 All red for Ruby Tuesday


These trees were so bright red in the sun. 

 They were breathtaking and more beautiful than a camera can show.

“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” ~Faith Baldwin

 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





~”Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.  They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning”.  ~Lydia M. Child

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 I have a thing for metal chairs. I think they are so practical~  able to be left out in the weather, they give an air of times gone by, and they look good red. 

What else could you ask for?  

Two weeks ago I showed some metal chairs on VTT that we had found on the curb.  Three at one place, three at another.  The metal chair jackpot you could say. 

It looks like four of them are salvagable. The other two may be safety hazzards so we will have to see if they are worth the work or not. 

 My husband finally had some time to sand two of them for me, He also secured the bolts on the sides that keep them together. 

 Although we thought they looked kind of cool after being sanded, we went ahead and painted …… 

and Voila… here they are red and shiny just like new, ~no better than new! 

I will add them to my collection.




~”There are rest and healing in the contemplation of antiquities.”~Mark Twain


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 Here are a few of the blooms happening today in my garden. 

They just happen to all be


Have I mentioned that’s my favorite color?


 ~” ‘Tis my faith that every flower

Enjoys the air it breathes!”~William Wordsworth


This is how my porch looked last summer. 

It was subdued and warm and I liked it very much….then.


 This year I was looking for a little more pow so I went with my favorite color


A quick coat of paint ,some new fabric to cover the cushions  and voila…




 Simple, inexpensive and easy. Just the way I like it. 

 Next year?

 Who knows?

~”Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.”~ Bill Blass



gerbera daisy



 ~Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~Dan Rather