Late Fall 2014

Late Fall 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Last Rose

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Cold-kissed petals valiantly opening in spite of dropping nighttime temps and shorter days. What a trooper!



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Monday, November 17, 2014

Spring 2011 - Pink Rhododendron

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[Ed. note: This photo, taken in spring of 2011, was left in my drafts folder with the text you see below; I don't know why I didn't post it. So I'm doing it now - just as I left it.]

All the Rhododendrons in my garden have bloomed.  A few, such as this one, basked in the fleeting sun of last week.  Others bloomed over the weekend in the rain. Still others bloomed back in February and are pretty much spent.

2011 wasn't one of the more stellar springs for the Rhodies in my garden, there being too much rain, hail, and cold.


 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

White Clematis - Late Autumn

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I see many garden bloggers preparing their garden beds for winter now.  I still haven't begun.

Today I went out with pruners in hand and didn't cut a thing.  Bees are covering the Mexican sage, the flowering/seeding parsley, and, until a few minutes ago, this clematis flower, the vines of which seem to be going into a late autumn bloom cycle.

If I keep letting the plants rule, I probably won't get to pruning until January.







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Monday, October 13, 2014

Cosmos at Sunset

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Late afternoon. I was stopped in my tracks by a magenta glow coming from my garden:  Cosmos in full bloom, backlit by the setting sun.  Oh, Autumn, with your golden light and long afternoon shadows, you are my favorite season.



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Love Growing Potatoes

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From flowers to . . .


the kitchen . . .

My garden potatoes practically grow themselves.



Side note:
I took a look at this neglected blog today and decided I needed to get a move on and get something posted before I simply let it fade away into the ether.

So much can change with the passing years:  New events change one's focus, making what was once a passionate compulsion to, well, a  thing one HAS to do; a chore if you will.  I really don't want this particular blog that I've run since 2006 to become THAT thing.  A chore.

There may be a few layout changes looming on the winter horizon, when shorter days and longer nights give way to more downtime to devote to these pages. At least I hope so.




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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sultry Tulips

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Study of Magnolia Flower

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While looking into old photo files today, I came across a few hundred images from 2006 that I took while on a trip to the east coast.  I had completely forgotten about these images, spent several hours going through them and was surprised that none had made it to these pages.

Taken with my old Canon PowerShot SD450, a little workhorse of a camera that I never should have parted with, I love the gentle muzziness of the images - not quite sharp yet not quite out of focus.

It's funny how my standards for photography have changed over the years.  I've gone from knowing nothing and being lucky, to knowing a little more, still lucky at times, and being a bit more fearless about it all. And throughout all that, I've striven for the sharp, clear image.  Now that I see these anew, I think less sharp, and less clear have their place, and I'm happy to give it to them.



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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Columbine and Celebration

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See that little sunburst coming from the water droplet?  Look for it, I know you'll find it.  That is my celebratory Hurrah! - I'm back on Blogger and ready to roll.

I spent three very fretful days over the long weekend while I couldn't access my blogs, my gmails, and some very important other accounts: Didn't sleep, couldn't stop going over and over and OVER the problems I've been experiencing, exchanging emails with Blogger Product Forum (nice people), and finally getting a solution last night from a local friend.

Thank you, Sylvia, Mimi, Kalyn, and dear Susan, for your support and good wishes. Good blogging friends are priceless!

I'm off to fix the other password problems but wanted to post this so you know this kid's alright!


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Sunday, May 04, 2014

First Artichoke and Blogger (Google) Problems

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Our garden artichokes are coming on strong. A mere few days ago the buds were so tiny it seemed that it would take weeks for them to get to cutting size, but now we have so many on the verge of ready-to-pick that I don't know how we're going to keep up with them. Eat artichokes every night, I suspect.

This post is really a test to see if I can post to this blog and my cooking blog. Since the recent change of Blogger to Google,  not only can I NOT access my blogs through Chrome, I cannot access three of my 4 Gmail accounts. I have emailed, pleaded, begged, and gone around in circles on the Internet trying to solve the problems to no avail. It's very frustrating and maddening (I have a bruise on the side of my hand from slamming it down on my desk, to prove it.)

I finally tried access using Internet Explorer, which, to my knowledge, is not owned by Google, and here I am.  Keep fingers crossed for me.





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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Iris

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I have decided not to put up more photos of goat destruction.  There are simply too many lovely flowers and shrubs blooming now to revisit the few that were eaten.  Besides, the neighbors have contained the goat in a pasture from where he cannot escape and all is well in the 'hood.

Mr. CC and I were away for a week and, what with the longer days, much rain, a little sunshine here and there, my garden was in full bloom when we returned.



These are the iris that bloomed in our absence, wet from a morning shower. Sweet.




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