The Garden, with Frosting!

This time of year it isn't unusual to see the garden in a crystallized form.  Wet winter weather insures that enough moisture is around to turn the landscape into a frosted garden.  The unique appearance of the frosted garden gives the gardener a great opportunity to play around with some photography.  Here are a few photos from this morning at 23 degrees! Rosemary with frosting. Here are the dried flower heads of a 'Clara Curtis' mum.  I leave most of the perennial foliage along then cut it back in the early spring.  It adds some winter interest and protects the crown of sensitive/border-line plants from the cold.  The foliage creates and air pocket that insulates the ground just a little.  Sometimes a few degrees matters a lot when you are pushing a zone! (Although 'Clara Curtis' doesn't really need the extra protection here in TN.) Yews and other evergreens always…

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Autumn’s Morning Light Through the Trees

Here are a couple pictures of the morning sky through the newly bare trees. The trees with leaves are either oak or eastern cedar depending on where you look.  The cedar of course is evergreen but the oaks tend to hang on to their leaves until much later. This old tree is marked for cutting but sometimes you can find beauty in the least expected places.  The sun's rays through the center of the trees two remaining branches create a heart of golden light in the center. I hope you'll stop on over to visit the Fall Color Project 2011.  There have been quite a few new additions.  Two today from Tennessee and as soon as I can write them up we'll add Alabama and Ohio to our collection of fall color states! The above pictures were taken with a Nikon D40. Which (I think) is no longer made, its…

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The Frosted Garden

The first frosts are almost always something that this gardener dreads.  Mostly because it is the end of the growing season - mostly, some plants will grow on through the winter. But if you look closely at the frost you can also find it is a thing of beauty. Frost on Viburnum x burkwoodii Frost on Butterfly Bush Frost on a Solar Globe Light Frost on Oregano Frost on 'Shasta' viburnum Frost on Thyme Have you had your first frost yet?   Have a safe and happy Halloween! Join the 2011 Fall Color Project and share the brilliance of Autumn!

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Garden Shed in the Morning (Photo)

Here's a quick look at my garden shed in the morning while a thin layer of fog was resting over the backyard. Two crape myrtles are planted on either side of the pathway but only one has bloomed - maybe next year the crape myrtles will achieve the effect I was hoping for.

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Randomness Around the Garden

This was one of those weekends where my garden time was fairly limited. I still managed to get outdoors some and accomplish a few little things. The biggest task was putting together the garden cart for my mower. It took almost two hours. That's probably where most of my outdoor time went but when it comes to paying the store $20 or doing the job myself I'd rather keep the money in my pocket! I did take a few minutes to photograph some of what's going on in the garden. The self-sowing celosia is looking great! This particular flower is almost in the shape of a crown. I planted celosia two years ago here and it has taken off.  Be warned because it could become invasive if you allowed it to run amok. Of course it's easy enough to control with just a little bit of manual labor. The crape…

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Bee Photography

Here are a few pictures of the bees in my garden.  I hope you enjoy the beeutiful photos! Bee on a coneflower Purple Coneflower Bee on a sunflower Sunflower Bee on a cosmos flower Cosmos Bee on verbena Verbena bonariensis  Bee on 'Oranges and Lemons' Gaillardia 'Oranges and Lemons' Gaillardia Two Bees on coneflower 'Sunset' Coneflower My garden "bee" friendly, don't you think?

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The Beauty of a Cover Crop

Cover crops are an excellent way to improve the soil without adding chemical fertilizers - and they look great too! Today while driving home from a talk I gave on plant propagation I drove down an old country road and took a few pictures of the red clover. Most likely the farmer is using the clover to enrich the soil with nitrogen before tuning it under and planting a crop of corn. Clover is a legume and fixes nitrogen into the soil if it is allowed to decompose. The added benefit of choosing red clover as a cover crop is its appearance in the spring! It covers the fields with drifts of red.  According to Cornell red clover also supports lady beetles and green lacewings which are both predator insects and beneficial insects for the garden! What cover crops do you use?

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I Need A Video Camera Recommendation

OK gardeners and garden bloggers I need your help. Years ago I bought our first video camera to help film the antics of our children.  I bought it just before our oldest was born and many things have changed over the years. Essentially technology has made my old mini tape video camera obsolete. I can't even hook it up to our current computer to download videos! This may seem way out of the norm for garden blog topic material but my hope is that you can lead me to a really good video camera that not only will preserve my children in a state of perpetual suspended animation for eternity but will also give me an opportunity to start doing a few garden videos here on The Home Garden! Dave's Children I've already ruled out the Flip video cameras. I like having a nice zoom feature and the 2x digital…

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