Monday, October 31, 2016

In a Vase on Monday

 We had a couple of people in for lunch this weekend and I made up a vase of flowers. I remembered Cathy's meme of a In a Vase on Monday so I thought I would share it with you. It is that time of year when here I don't have a whole lot of blooms to gather.
I do have a black vase to use. I think that is appropriate for Halloween times. I used to collect what we call here Black Carnival Glass. It looks black but if you hold it to the light you see purple. That always has fascinated me. Some of the black glass I have is truly pure black. I enjoy it all. Black goes with everything.
The flowers in the vase are a white mum which I don't know the name of,, Wendy's Wish'  Salvia and the Persicaria ' Red Dragon'. I love the Persicaria because it has those red stems to go along with the delicate little white blooms. They work in a vase like Baby's Breath. Light airy but has much more pizzazz with those red stems.
If you have a vase of flowers to share or just want some inspiration head over to Cathy's blog and have a look around. 
Have a great week.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Freakish Fall

This will be a fall that will be in the memory for some time. Not only from the standpoint of it being the most warm but the driest. The garden seems to be just sitting there awaiting the whims of weathers to come in to play.
As summer was just as hot, actually hotter than my comfort zone, Weeds got out of hand. The Veggie Garden area reverted to the Forgotten Corner. We didn't get any mulch out in early spring because we traveled some.  
Lately we have taken back the Forgotten Corner and have spread mulch. It will be much easier to keep the weeds at bay, hopefully. We have never done fall mulching before. I will see what I think of this practice.
You can see that earlier in the month even things were still green. At least as green as can be expected this time of year. 
Right now all of the grass has gone dormant. What green you see here in this path are weeds. 
I have had to put up a fence to keep Annie and some of her friends from tearing out the back door of the house and tromping through this little garden by the back step. It is working out good. The ground is so hard that I couldn't hardly drive the upright posts into the ground with a sledge hammer. Ha... I might work on the aesthetics when I get a few more sticks long enough. 

I was inspired to make this type of fence by some of the fencing I saw while in Wisconsin at the meet up.

Squirrels are the major points of contention. They lure Annie and her friend Jack out the door and across the patio in chase.
Some of the more enjoyable and encouraged visitors are the Carolina Chickadees. They are so difficult to get a picture of as they are always in motion. 
The butterflies and 
bees are taking full advantage of all the flowers that dare to live during this dry spell. 
We have seen the last of our resident hummingbirds. I haven't seen one in the garden the past three days.  
This is definitely a sign of colder weather to come. Hopefully it will bring with it some much needed rain. How is your garden faring this fall?