October 29, 2009

A Bloom in the Nick of Time - Brugmansia

It has been a long wait!   My brugmansias (aka:  Angel Trumpets) were put out in April.  All rooted and potted and looking fine.  And finally, for the first time this year, I have a bloom!  Woo-hoo.  Only about 3 months later than expected.

Isn’t it beautiful!!  I really didn’t think that I was going to see one at all this year – with the arrival of the cool weather it wasn’t looking good.  But this baby pulled through and I am just delighted!

October 28, 2009

Final Harvest - Tongue In Cheek !

Harvest?   How dare I use that word!  I have been gardening for years but none compare to this year.  From the end of May until mid-July it rained.  And rained.  And rained.  Which would be great - if I were growing moss and mushrooms.  But that was not the case.  And I'm over it.  So in the interest of putting the garden to rest for this year.

Here is the final hu-hum harvest:

  • 1 Snake Gourd - 8 1/4 lbs
  • 1 Eggplant - 7 oz
  • 1 Atlantic GIANT Pumpkin - 15 1/6 lbs (I kid you not!)
  • Banana and Jalapeno Peppers - 6 oz
  • And a whole helluva lot of acorns
And not one.single.zucchini!  Now that's a statement!


October 25, 2009

Duck.Duck.Goose - Fall in a Pond

I love the outdoors.    Mother Nature paints the most beautiful pictures.  In all seasons.  Last week I came upon this pond of ducks and geese in a neighboring town.  What a blessing to enjoy animals in their natural habitat.

Pictures from Norfolk MA….

Grey Goose 2

Goose pond

Duck Pond

Duck Pond 2

Goose gaggle

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Grey Goose

Ain't life grand.  Reminds me to “stop and smell the roses”.

Mother Nature’s Magic - Fabulous Fall!

Fall is in full swing in New England.   What a treat to get out and enjoy the riot of color.  The pictures I took in my yard this week are awesome.
Maples leaves

Maples leaves 2

The summer weather may not have pleased the garden but the trees must have loved the deep watering.  Pine cones and acorns are abundant!
Pine Tree

Pine Tree 2

The pine cones pose no threat.  But these……
…..are downright dangerous!  Oy!  It has been snowing acorns non-stop for the last 4-5 weeks.  The assault is relentless!   If not dinging us on the head then they are under foot.  Having to watch where you step while taking cover from the air assault can cause quite the contortions.  Which might be funny.  If it didn’t hurt so much!
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