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 19, 2018

Crawling Around My Garden One Day after Work

I love the sights and smells of my autumn garden but only get to enjoy them briefly before and after work.  We've had some nice warm dry days recently making the dashes outside to do a few garden tasks especially nice.  Come along and let's see what's happening out there.

Maturing spiders seem to be making webs everywhere. Who needs Halloween decorations when you've got these?

On to other things.  The persimmon tree has produced heavily again this year.

I hope the squirrels leave a few for me. 

 Cholla displaying it's fall foliage.

Beautiful golden light as the sun retreats for the year. 

Poncirus trifoliata

 Iris foetidissima


Abelia × grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

Euonymus europaeus 'Red Ace'

Mahonia 'Soft Caress'

Impatiens glandulifera.  


Euonymus something or other

I'm officially in love with this variegated dogwood.  Beautiful foliage in spring and summer, summer flowers, and now this swell autumn show.

Nothing beats the Acers for fall color.

Wow, this Roscoe is certainly going out with a bang!  

The Linden's falling leaves are everywhere at the moment.  

Happy weekend all and thanks for sharing an after work dash out to the garden with me.  I'm looking forward to retirement in a few years and having much more leisurely autumns.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Community Garden - Food For Thought

The garden blogs of some  English bloggers, have shared experiences from  their allotments, Denise at A Growing Obsession has written about her community garden plot,  and recently, Nadezda posted about Swedish allotments here.  There's a community garden not far from my home that I drive by fairly regularly and last weekend, the huge sunflowers planted around the perimeter drew me in.  I thought that I'd only be able to look from behind a fence but the garden is open on one side making exploration easy.

All kinds of spaces planted with quite a variety of annuals and vegetables.

Tomatoes certainly enjoyed our hot summer!

The garden is a community outreach project of the Salvation Army Church and a large portion is dedicated to growing fresh produce to donate.  

There were a couple of volunteers working on hauling wood mulch to cover paths.  In chatting with one gentleman, he said that the garden was open to anyone. 

There were actually several plots that were empty. 

Freshly harvested radishes and tomatoes.

Every gardener wishes for more space and I'd love to plant a cutting garden and grow a few vegetables. 

Growing things in an off site garden would definitely be a different experience from having plants surrounding one's home.

Zinnias look great in a vase and I'd be motivated to start a few things like this from seed. Also on my list would be sweet peas, tomatoes, maybe a zucchini or two.

Look at that great potting/hand washing area!

Would you consider adding a community garden plot to your gardening experience?  Have you done this before?  Was it rewarding? 

Since spring is a few months away, there's a bit of time to contemplate and if you need a space for that, there's a stone labyrinth here as well.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday Vignette - Change is in the Air

From an upstairs window as the sun rises in the east illuminating trees donning their autumn finery.  Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' on the right was deep burgundy all summer and gets a little greener like this just before it explodes in fiery scarlett shortly.  Right now the star is  the golden gowned Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'  The grey looking leaves between the banana leaves are a dew covered smoke bush. 

Beautiful clear dry weather is predicted to last through the weekend but rain returns next week so if you're in the Pacific Northwest, I hope you're able to get out and enjoy the sun!

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and hum.  Flutter on over there to join the fun!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wandering at Watson's

I should spend more time enjoying the little garden outside Watson's.  It's lovely and always makes me think that it would be wonderful to have a garden that looks like this.  However, I soon realize that my bad gardening habits would soon have these beds so crowded that they'd look hideous. 

Fall is in full swing!

They're getting ever more creative with the planted (glued) pumpkins. 

Last season, I bought one of these close to the holidays when they were practically giving them away and it lasted beautifully through spring when I planted the succulent contents in pots.  Fun!

Iwas going to skip kale this year but they add color during fall and winter so I got three. 

Aren't these bookends adorable?  If my house wasn't already packed with stuff, these would have come home with me.

You called? 

Who wouldn't like a spider this pretty?

Splish splash I was taking a bath.  

Glass pumpkins. 

This year' someone's added feathers to their velvet pumpkins.  Interesting. 

Velvet and sequin Indian Corn...Hmm. 

If you want to see something really scary...

I'm delighted that the cacti and succulent fad shows no sign of fading and Watson's is carrying an increasing number of these cool plants. 

The way the orange glochids on this opuntia  catch the light is sweet!

Nepenthes ventricosa  has cute little pitchers. 

Dig the cool birdbaths. 

Paperwhites and bare branches.  Winter is just around the corner but for now, for the moment, let's enjoy the rich colors, spicy scents, and crisp days of autumn as long as we can.