Happy Friday!  Since I have put my gardens to bed for winter, I haven’t much to flaunt  but I went out there anyway, hopeful, camera in hand.  To my surprise I actually found a couple of blooms in the garden.  Meager as they are, they are still flowers, so here they are.  All two of them.  This aster squeaked out a couple more flowers.  aster

I guess you can’t keep a good aster down. geranium

 And my front porch geraniums are still hanging in there.  chinese maple

  I also found my beautiful Japanese maple practically glowing in the front yard. ff-019

 This is the first day it’s color really jumped out at me.  holly

The holly caught my eye also with those pretty bright red berries.

Since that is hardly enough to talk about, I decided to check out the indoor plants and see if I had any excitement going on there. ff-002

My African violets had some pink flowers. Yay!christmas cactus

Alas, a bud on my Christmas Cactus.  That would make it a Halloween cactus, I guess, but I’m not fussy, I will take a flower blooming in any shape or form.  black cat

May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
~Irish Blessing

Thanks for visiting!  Stop over at Tootsie’s blog to see what other gardeners have growing. 

There is still a bit of growing going on here.  web-s-016

The rose bush surprised me with a couple of new buds, even though I thought I had seen the last flower last week.

The daisies are still making up for lost time, web-s-008

my hibiscus gave me one last bloom before I brought her insideweb-s-011  

and the little pink flowers must like the cool temperatures.web-s-0181 

My geraniums are still flowering as well.web-k-0311

  And the morning glories seem to go on endlessly in the cooler temperatures.web-k-0151


I am happy that the colder weather hasn’t taken them all away



  Visit tootsietime to see the flaunting of flowers in other gardens.


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  ~Anthony J. D’Angelo



Fall is upon us on this first friday in October although there are still plenty of blooms weathering the weather that has turned drastically cold.  Today it was 40 degrees in the AM.  Yuck!  Too soon if you ask me.  Kind of gloomy, damp and windy also.  Have I painted a picture for you yet? mandevilla marigold

The good news is that my Montauk Daisies are finally blooming.  They are supposed to bloom in July but this year it wasn’t until late September when they finally burst into bloom.  I hope they stay nice for a while.  I will pick some and bring them in, just in case, since I am not outside quite as much lately to enjoy them like I would be if it were August.  They are such a great plant in my garden.  They are more like a shrub covered in daisies.  I have found very few problems with them ever.  They stand about 3 feet tall with shiny leaves that bush out until mid to late summer, then they bloom until frost.  I just love them. web-o-015

 My rose bush (hot chocolate) has given me one final bloom to make sure I don’t forget how beautiful she is.web-rock-086


  No worries~ how could I?  That memory will have to keep me warm until next spring. 





Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.  ~Pepper Giardino




Visit Tootsie Time to visit other gardeners. See what they have blooming in their  gardens. 

*Mouse over photos for names 

mumI keep expecting to be out of flowers for Fertilizer Friday, but  my garden persists, tempting that first frost to keep it from flourishing.


Hopefully there are a couple of weeks left before Jack Frost visits.web-skate-159 





 I hope your day is going well and your flowers are still blooming.foxglove

 Thanks for visiting and be sure to Visit Tootsie Time where you can see who else is participating in Fertilizer Friday




How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? 

 ~Satchel Paige

   The middle of September is upon us. web-pix-047

It is cooler but it’s still nice enough. 

web-delphiniumYou can tell that summer weather is just about done, but the flowers are rebounding with the cooler temperatures.lace cap hydrangea

 We picked the last of our tomatoes. web-sunday-0051

The only things left in our veggie garden are hot peppers… and more hot  peppers.  (Have I mentioned that my husband helped me pick out the plants for the vegetable garden?)   hot peppers

There is nothing like the crisp weather of September when you have to pull out your sweaters and break out your blue jeans that have been hidden in your drawers all summer long.  Hopefully they still fit.       Ok we won’t go there.    


rose of sharon


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Please visit the other participants in Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday.






“Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring.”
-  Anonymous


ripe tomato on the vineweb-pixx-111We are finally getting some tomatoes in quantity. We harvested a bunch last night as well as peppers and lots of them.  peppers

tiny pumpkin



 I even found a tiny pumpkin.

neighbor's morning glory


There are still quite a few patches of color around the yard 

yard from the veggie garden


back fencefront rock sedumcleome

and many flowers to admire as August winds down.

oxalishibiscussedumfoxglove and salvia


It’s kind of sad to see summer ending,  but fall brings color of it’s own, crisp cool apples as well as crisp cool nights.gerraniums

go on over to Tootsie’s and see what everyone else has going on in their gardens.

Enjoy your last few days of August!



“When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, 
but the gardeners themselves.”
    ~   Ken Druse

It is August 21st.

Fertilizer Friday is here and things are still looking pretty good.  web-t-094


The morning glories are bloming !  I just love those blossoms every day. web-t-0451 web-t-050

A poker plant has surprised me with a couple of flowers.  

web-t-039This is pink Lobelia.  First time I have ever grown it. 


web-t-175web-t-119Lots of hot peppers!harvest

Yummy cherry tomatoes!  web-t-070 













impatients Thanks for visiting and be sure to wander over to Tootsie’s for the links to all the other great gardens being flaunted today.





A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions – so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.  ~Adabella Radici

             Fertrilizer Friday!d 

   Since I was carelessly laying on the beach last week, I am more than ready to join in on this week’s Fertilizer Friday.  It is amazing how behind you can get in your garden when you miss just one week.  Now that I have caught up with all the work I plan on spending this weekend “smelling the roses”.  I hope you all have a great Friday! bachelor-button

Rose of Sharonweb-flowers-101mums



bbcone flowerweb-flowers-024 










morning glory 

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. 

~Walt Whitman



liatrusToday is Fertilizer Friday once again and once again Iam thrilled to participate in Tootsie’FF. I have been busy all week, but never too busy to stop and smell the roses~  that reminds me, my Hot Cocoa re-bloomed.  They are such beautiful roses.  I also have an interesting lily that I don’t know the name of and my beautiful solo sunflower.  I have never ever grown a sunflower~ well, now I have.  My hibiscus plants that I bought several weeks ago are finally blooming. They are as big as my hand and sooo pretty.  Even if they only  last a little while, they are worth it. yhotcocoasunflower

hibiscus budhibiscusNow I am off to visit all the other Fertilizer Friday gardens out there.  Too bad we can’t serve food at these visits.  Now that would be really fun!   


 cherry tomato


rose of sharonzinnia



side Have a great weekend and Happy August!  ~ We are off to Virginia Beach for a week!  I will catch up  when I get back. 


No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
~James Russell Lowell

v1It is another gray friday here but my flowers are bright and cheery.  We actually had a  very nice week that felt like July.  Hot and humid, not as sunny as I would choose but balmy and warm like July ought to be.  I have been visiting many of the gardens that people blog about and I am so impressed with all the beautiful gardens and all the hard work that everyone does. There is no doubt that we are all somewhat addicted to growing and nurturing.  Thank goodness for nature and all her tiny miracles that occur every day in our yards and land.  I hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend to reap the rewards of all their hard work!  Go eat a fresh picked veggie while admiring your flowers and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it! sedum, dusty miller

I have no idea what the name of this is. tell me if you do.


daylilycone flowercosmopumpkin tendrils






calla lily

geraniumcone flower

  Go on over to Tootsie’s to see all the amazing gardens that participate in Fertilizer Friday!


snap pea


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust