September in the Garden

Late summer blooms can still be seen even with the garden winding down in the summer heat.  This gorgeous dahlia bloomed recently, heralding the colors of fall right around the corner. I still have cherry tomatoes on the vine, taking their time to ripen in the sun. I planted an avocado seed and have a …

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July in the Garden

Languid and hot days alternate with rainy afternoons now that summer is in full swing here.  July is our hottest month of the year and it has been days of above average temperatures for us.  I do not like summer heat, especially when it is humid too, so it is indoor activities for me most …

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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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Late July in the Garden

Cool temperatures last week made sitting on the veranda a daily ritual in the morning and evening. More flowers are blooming and the landscape changes almost daily.  The camera was at the ready as pollinators made some appearances on the flowers, like this little guy on one of the geranium blooms.  I think it is …

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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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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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Al Fresco Tablescape and Blog Hop

The heat is not quite as intense in the past few days, so of course I began thinking about having a luncheon with friends over to enjoy the veranda.  There are several new additions to my tablescaping closet, some from thrift stores and some from online auctions I just could not resist.  When I saw …

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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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