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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Great Home Gardens: An Italian Garden

A few weeks ago an email came in my box asking me a question about propagating irises. I answered the question then received a picture of the questioning gardener’s garden. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement. Climbing roses mixed with many varieties of perennials create a living painting in Ennio’s backyard. And did I mention that it’s in Venice, Italy? Isn’t that the amazing thing about the world we live in today – we can visit any garden anywhere a camera has been without even leaving the room! But I have to say that being in the garden would be much better than just gawking at the pictures but today I’ll do the next best thing to being there, I’ll show you Ennio’s photos of his Italian garden and we can gawk together. He’s been gardening for 13 years and the photos you are about to…

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Through the Trees

I took this picture over the weekend while the afternoon sun was beginning to descend. It was taken from the very back of our yard looking up toward the treetops of sassafras, dogwood, tulip poplar, and walnut. The fall colors are beginning their peak time and I know I'll be loading my camera card with many more pictures than I could possibly share with you. Of course maybe that's a good thing because you will see only the best!

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In the Clouds

The other evening some clouds were blowing. Here's a look at what we saw. A small storm was on its way through our area which is usually when you get most interesting clouds!Please excuse the power lines. Half the neighborhood has them below ground, our half doesn't.

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Window in the Sky

During a break in the rain on Monday I was able to take these shots. The blue of the sky is just starting to peak through the dark rain clouds. It reminded me of one of my favorite newer U2 songs, Window in the Skies (from U218 The Singles). My oldest daughter's favorite part is when they sing "Oh, Oh, Oh , Oooooh oooooh." It's because of that she calls it the Oh, Oh, Oh Song.

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Thinking of Snow

Since it doesn't appear likely that we'll experience much snow this year in Tennessee I'm importing some pictures of snow to look at. My brother in Flagstaff, Arizona took these pictures of their recent snowfall. They've had several significant snowfalls this year. It would be nice to have just one of them here!They had 6 inches of snow among the pines.

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Signs of Spring

Yesterday in a walk around the yard we discovered some signs of the spring to come. Daffodils are sprouting up all over, the verbena is greening up and some sedum sprouts are peaking from their winter slumber. Maybe it's early, but the temperatures have felt like spring. Historically our worst winter weather tends to happen in February and March but maybe we'll get through uneventfully. I just hope that the early warm weather doesn't cause a false spring then a late freeze like last year. I don't know if the plants that are recovering from that event will survive a second round.To the left you can see one of our daffodil's saying "Is it Spring yet?"Below is one of our 'Homestead Purple' verbenas starting to green-up.See them sedums sproutin'!More daffodils!

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Weather Report: Cold with a Chance of Snow

A chance of freezing precipitation was in the forecast for today, but knowing how Tennessee forecasts work I did not put much faith in it. The forecasters begin talking about frosty weather several days in advance and there it remains, several days in advance. It just never seems to arrive. Tonight it did! Above you can see the wet snow laying on top of a Bird's Nest Spruce.Here is a shot of the front porch garden bed. It's in a sad state right now but the snow adds some elegance.Here is a view from the front porch into our neighbor's yard. It's accumulating but we won't end up with much, we rarely do. I'm just hoping for some daylight snow shots and enough snow tomorrow so that a certain 2 year old can make a little snowman!

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Some Pictures of Early January in Tennessee

Here are some pictures that we have taken of 2008!Here is a snowfall on a very cold evening. I like how the white snowflakes are captured, frozen in time, by the reflected light of the flash. A visitor to our new bird feeder! This white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinesis) is cracking open the shell of a sunflower seed for his feast. He is one among many visitors we have had lately including chickadees, tufted titmice, cardinals, red-bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, and the occasional finch.All puffed up against the cold, this female woodpecker watches everything from its Bradford pear perch.For more cardinal action check out Tina's blog at In the Garden. Look for the January 5th post!

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