Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Random Friday

I headed out to the garden yesterday after work during a few moments when the rain was not torrential  to choose a favorite plant for this week but took a bunch of random shots instead.

A NOID Acer palmatum starting to show some orange color.  I don't think it's had the same fall color two years in a row; one year red, another yellow, and now orange.

Some gardener planted this cute little four inch pot of Echium pininata  a bit too close to the path earlier this year.  As they are wont to do, this one has decided to lay on it's side.  Unfortunately, it chose to lay down toward the front of the bed.  Oh well, if it makes it through the winter, I'll let it stay and bloom. Who really wanted to go down that path anyway?

The dinosaur, still emerging from his egg, doesn't seem to mind the rain.

However, I do so I ducked into the greenhouse to get out of the downpour that started.  It's getting fairly full in there.

This brugsmansia  is so tall that it's reaching through the rafters.  I debated leaving it outside this year but thought that perhaps it might like to be a permanent resident inside
 It's supposed to rain again all day on Saturday so we'll play around with moving things around to perhaps make more space.  We'll see what happens.

 I like these terra cotta chimney liners and have a few more out in the garden that could come in and be used to make more bench space.  Just to the left of the  Kalanchoe luciae (big paddle plant on the right) is Salvia clevelandii (Alpine form) perfuming the air.  

I'm looking forward to rearranging things as it would be nice to put a table and chairs in the middle of the green goodness rather than at one end of it.

I've got to say that it was pretty wonderful to duck in here and enjoy a bit of garden that wasn't soggy!

Only a few more plants to bring in and the migration will be complete!  

A little potting and then the bench got cleaned up a bit but by then, the camera was back inside so here it is mess and all!  Still so much to do but at least the plants are inside and safe for the winter!
Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Celebrating the Carnival of Autumn at Spooner Farms

I love the colors and fragrances of autumn and a great place to experience them is at a pumpkin patch!  This year we headed out to Spooner Farms to take it all in!

We weren't alone as lots of people took advantage of a sunny Sunday afternoon in early October to select their pumpkins.

Maybe even venture into the corn maze or get a bite to eat.

Squash and gourds were the stars of the show.

Indian corn still fascinates me.  There's something magic about the variety of colors and patterns!

 It seems like every year there are more colors and shapes of pumpkins and gourds.  

The individual differences, even in the same variety of gourds is thrilling.  I could spend all day looking at these!

Ornamental and delicious delicata squash.

Alien space ships?

This variety screams Halloween!

Giant snakes?

Love them warts and all!

Can you believe that there are only 8 more days until Halloween and the end of October?  Where is the time going?

Birdhouse gourds.

 So many exotic animals on display. 

 Popular with quite a few visitors was the pumpkin sling shot.  Notice the targets on top of the old R.V. behind the field of dreams.

People were trying very hard to hit those targets.  I wonder if there were prizes for the winners? 

 No matter how many pumpkins left, there seemed to be an endless supply to take their places. 

What an enjoyable place to spend a sunny autumn day, people watch, and maybe even come home with some of the season's bounty. This is even more fun with kids so if you have or can borrow some, take them to a pumpkin patch and let the good times roll!