Hello, Dear Friends!
We are now entered into
another beautiful season - Autumn!
With the days growing shorter
and the nights getting colder,
I have been busy with some
major projects that have taken
most of my time.
The biggest project has been
staining the deck.
This is a yearly job, as the sun,
wind and rain take its toll.
You can see the wear and tear.....
Then Ramblin' Man had to replace
any boards showing signs of rot
or weakness. This year he replaced
about a dozen.
With pets always under foot,
we devised a temporary fence
using these rigid panels held
together with zip ties as barriers.
I caught some raindrops clinging
to this one.......
Always an audience.....:)
Maggie and Ling Ling.
Finally, after two weeks of
work (dodging a few raindrops in between)
everything is back in place.
I can't tell you how achy and sore I am!
Mostly my shoulders and back.
My knees were protected by using
a soft garden kneeling pad.
The umbrellas are put away for the winter now.
The planters are all put back into place.
My sis-in-law made the 'hydrangea' plaque <3
This hydrangea blooms white....
Then the blossoms age.
Aren't they pretty?
This hydrangea and the white one
were gifts at Mother's Day.
The red begonias will bloom
until frost - hopefully until November.
My dirty angels stand watch.
I can see this vignette from my bedroom :)
I've replaced a summer hanging basket
with pansies. They smell heavenly!
Kai looks on.
I've replaced my salad garden in the galvanized tubs
This is how they looked in July.
The petunias and sweet peas
are now fizzling out,
but the purple alyssum
is enjoying the cooler weather.
I will replace the petunias and sweet peas with pansies
and cabbage, under-planted with bulbs this week.
My little potting bench will soon be
put to use once again to pot up
I planted scotch moss in the vintage
tool caddy and enamel cup.
A little friend.
The bird cage from my kitchen door.
Whitey Bear takes a break:)
I planted creeping Jenny and was surprised
when it bloomed!
It is still blooming....
I will replace it with ivy for winter.
I never made a fairy garden this year,
but the fairies settled in to this
strawberry plant that I potted
in a vintage enamel chamber pot!
I hung this sign :)
Shhhhh! She is very shy.....
She has gathered some marbles
that my children left behind
many years ago.
She's made herself at home...
And added her own potted garden :)
Soon summer's flowers will be just a memory.
So for a few more precious weeks,
I will savor every bloom.
The days will grow shorter.
And we'll make peace with the moon.