November in the Garden

Autumn color is slow to develop this year, and it will be well into November before we can say we are seeing the peak.  Rain this past week should help some leaves stay on the trees, and freezing temps overnight may bring out some color before they all fall off.  At least I hope so.  …

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September in the Garden

I have rejoined the land of the living, and am grateful for that. As some of you know, I spent six days acutely ill with the flu, actually more ill that I have been in about 35 years. High fever kept me from doing anything for days, other than to lay in bed, completely oblivious …

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August in the Garden

August in the garden means that the flowering season is winding down.  Most of the perennials have finished, but a few are still going.  The annuals keep going until it gets cold, so all the geraniums are still blooming, most are this vibrant pink. In the planter box, the asters have run wild. The coneflowers …

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June in the Garden

Flowers are blooming in the garden as the floral show continues in June.  We have such a nice growing season here with flowers coming out week after week.  Let's take a stroll around our place, beginning in the flower beds out front where one of the asters has bloomed.   I think the other one is …

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May in the Garden

Lovely blooms are flourishing in the garden, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post.  We have a long flowering season here, beginning in late March with the forsythias.  In late April and early May, the azaleas came into full flower.  I love the white ones, and we have three white azalea shrubs …

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Springtime Tablescape

Spring has finally sprung, although the temperatures are still a bit cool.  My bulbs are blooming, and it was time to make a pretty springtime table.  My inspiration for the setting was this adorable wheelbarrow I found at the thrift store.  I liked the soft colors on the painted wood, and the little tulip stencil …

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January in the Garden

There is still activity in the garden, even in the deep winter.  We don't have the epic snowstorms like the northeast area of the country, but we do have our share of cold.  One of the joys of living in western North Carolina is the almost perfect four seasons, about three months of each.  Not …

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September in the Garden

The growing season is fairly long here in western North Carolina, and even more things are blooming now.  It is the last of summer, with some bloomers hanging on, and new ones coming out.  On the veranda, about half the pots still have something blooming. These yellow bidens just keep coming. My pink geranium gave …

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Getting Ready for the Fair

The Mountain Regional State Fair turn-in day for the competitions is Monday, and I am entering 23 contests this year in a bunch of divisions.  I actually started early enough in August this year pulling it all together, getting my online entries done,  and completing projects.  I have 5 quilt entries, 5 photography entries, several …

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August in the Garden

The garden continues to have a show of pretty flowers and interesting critters.  It is a joy to have a succession of flowers that bloom in the later part of summer.  I love this white iris, a late bloomer that surprises me every year.  This year it gave us five beautiful blooms over more than …

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July in the Garden

It seems like the dog days of summer came early this year, with heat and humidity in June that we usually do not see until early August.  It has made sitting outside a rare occasion when usually we spend some evenings sitting in the rockers or eating on the veranda table.  The additional limitation of …

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Creating Yard Art

Gardens full of flowers are a joy to behold.  Sometimes it is nice to have some art pieces in with the flowers to add some interest when they finish blooming, or before the blooms appear.  Something to add a bit of charm to the flower bed like this miniature rusty bicycle. So, with that in …

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Summer Garden Tablescape

It feels like summer here with the warming weather.  While I was cleaning out the kitchen cabinets, I noticed that I had a lot of things with a vegetable theme, so I thought I'd do a table with them. I started the table with my Farmer's Market Picnic Quilt. No chargers this time as I …

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