Be a Messy Gardener

Overwintering-birds-800x524Click to learn the value of being a ‘messy gardener.’

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween – may yours be delightfully spooky!

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In A Vase On Monday – Last Flowers

Frost has finished my annuals and the perennials are slowly following, as Nature pushes them into dormancy. Here I share the last arrangements I made before their demise. I put all the mixed zinnias (Z. elegans) into one vase with a few Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus), which never became full size before the deer came for a visit. 😦

Nasturtiums did well this year, nearly overrunning the bed and overtaking the bush variety I had planted with them. Still pretty with their unique leaves.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, host of the weekly meme showcasing arrangements created from our gardens. Click the link to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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Silent Sunday


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Walktober 2018


Viburnum leaves

I’m joining Robin at Breezes at Dawn for her annual Walktober challenge, where we share a walk we’ve taken. I enjoy reading other bloggers’ autumn walks posted at the end of the month on her site. Open to everyone, this year’s dates are Oct. 14-28. From her site:

“In a nutshell, Walktober is a group walk.  We all go out for a walk, post about it on our blog [include link to B@D site], and I round up all the posts in one big post here at my blog so we can join one another in our various walks. The rules are fast and loose. You don’t even have to walk. You can run, skate, hop, skip, jump, bicycle, or any other motion that requires the energy of your body to move and stay moving. You can even swim if that’s your preference.”

In previous years, I picked a local park to highlight, but this year I felt like staying home and featuring my own 7.5 acres. We have a trail around the property for walking, where the dog can be off leash and we can enjoy different habitats between the woods and river. In slideshow format, you can join me as I walk ‘our loop.’ It starts in the yard with the golden Katsura tree and shrub border turning colors, through the woods to the river, alongside it to the maple grove, back through woods to the stream and ending at the waterfall. Enjoy!

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Flying Away

Milkweed Pod

Milkweed Pod (Asclepias syriaca)

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Wordless Wednesday

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