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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.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again

Spider time!  For the last month, most of us have been trying to avoid the fun of walking face first into spider webs in our garden.  It's also time for fog and rain that make those intricate creations even more beautiful.

Decorating the naked garage-soon-to-be-greenhouse.

Those are really huge!  


It's also time for the earlier of my Euonymus europaeus to split open it's fuchsia lanterns to reveal bright orange seeds.

What a fun color combination.


The orange abutilons dangling through the branches are a happy accident.  I didn't think the abutilon would make it last winter but it came through and is now about six feet high.

What signs of the season are you seeing in your garden?

27 comments:

  1. danke für die wunderschönen bilder!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

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    1. Danke für die Kommentare. Ich bin froh, dass Sie die Bilder gefallen!

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  2. Plenty of spider webs here too, although fewer than in past years, I think. I just hope they don't invade sometime in the next two days. They are beautiful. Those seeds on the Euonymous are beautiful too, one of my favorite color combos.

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    1. Fall is full of color and delightful treats.

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  3. Harvest moons are NOTHING compared to orb webs in the fall ;)

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    1. So much about fall thrills me except for the knowledge of what follows.

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  4. Great web shots! I've got a ton too but for the most part they've positioned themselves where I can walk under them (helps to be height-challenged, Andrew wouldn't be so lucky).

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    1. You must have trained your spiders well. Either that or they're afraid of getting to close to all of those dangerous plants.

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  5. Great web captures, especially the one on the about-to-be greenhouse. Tantalizing views of a structure to come are so exciting, as are spiders.

    We drove into the next county this morning. Lycoris radiata are everywhere at old house sites and even in roadside ditches. Solidago opened this week, great fields of goldenrod.

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    1. I am imagining those brilliant Lycoris radiata painting roadsides is a gorgeous sight. Great yellow fields sound lovely as well!

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  6. They look great with water on them! Lots here too and sometimes a nuisance. As for autumn, well there's leaf litter all over...

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    1. I prefer spiders to much of their prey so am always happy to see them.

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  7. It seems like most of the spiders around here are trying to take up residence in the house. Daily patrols by Richard the Kindhearted for catch and release can't keep up with the web building activity.

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    1. We've actually had spiders make it though most of the winter inside on webs they build over the kitchen windows. They get fed any flies I can find and one neighbor would even call when she'd trapped a fly for my pet spiders.

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  8. Well I am excited about that greenhouse Peter! And you are lucky the spiderwebs are OUTside and not in every door arch and across every ceiling light like at my house. I can hardly keep up, but still I think the dewy outdoor webs are like little miracles.

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    1. We gave up on trying to keep up years ago and now just view the interior webs as inexpensive drapes. Such talented creatures.

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  9. Beautiful photos. Those spider webs are exquisite. I love the Euonymus, specially with orange Abutilon bells so beautifully colour co- ordinated. You are so honest, I never admit to happy accidents in the garden. I always take the credit for it.

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    1. Thanks Chloris! I will use your strategy about taking credit for the happy accidents in future! Now I just need to find someone else to blame for all of the mistakes I make.

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  10. Fog? Rain? Foreign concepts. Our spider webs remain invisible (except, occasionally in photos). Your photos are great. I wish fall was more evident here but, alas, we've just begun yet another heatwave.

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    1. Sorry about your heat. I'd be happy to take some of it off your hands. Perhaps we could work out a rain for warmth exchange.

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  11. We don't get those kinds of spider webs in our gardens here. I'm pretty thankful for that but they are lovely in pictures. Signs of fall here - the aspen have all turned yellow and there's snow in the mountains. And I have turned the heat on some days. :-)

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    1. Your autumn sounds beautiful with yellow aspens and snow in the mountains. That having to turn the heat on some days thing I could live without.

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  12. Yay! I love spider time! Great photos, Peter!

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    1. Thanks! It's their busy time of year, you know with all of those tuffet-sitting, curds and whey-eating young ladies sitting around waiting to be frightened.

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  13. Oh yes, spiders every where. I'm ducking and dodging them as I work in the garden.
    With the sun lower in the sky, our yard is mostly in shade now, and flowering plants are shutting down. Except for the hardy fuchsias of course. The raised vegetable beds are mostly deconstructed now. Not much sign of leaves turning yet.
    Our tulip bulb order arrived today!

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    1. The arrival of fall bulbs is one of my favorite signs of autumn! Happy planting!

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  14. I got a little freaked out just this evening almost walking into a face-high spiderweb, complete with spider in the middle. I can live and let live in the garden, but I sure don't want that close an encounter.

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