I am hoping that the new year is going well for everyone!  Finally, after about 7 months without a completely working computer  I have a new one!  I hope to be able to post more up in the coming year.

I have so many photos from this past year from the garden.  Here are some of my favorites from this past year-







Some of our garden harvest this summer of Eightball Zucchini and Golden Gate Beans.

marigold sandals

Elena’s marigold sandals that I loved.


My youngest hiding in the Paw Paw seedlings.

Elena pic 2

My oldest doing her best impression of Salvador Dali with one of our Red Yard Long Noddles from our garden.  Below flower crowns for my girls with flowers from our garden in fall.

Ella pic 2

Elena pic 1

Hope everyone has a great day!


Autumn Flowers Part 2

This is what was blooming in my garden about two weeks ago.  Happy with the color all the color I have had this year and look forward to the next.


My Autumn Circus Iris happily blooming again.


I got a new Camellia this fall and I am curious as to how it does this winter.  I hope very well.  This certain cultivar has the strongest fragrance that I have ever smelt on a Camellia.

Fall bulb 1

A white Crocus ochroleucus  I think, my helpers lost my this tag.  Last year it seemed stronger and not as wimpy looking.  I seem to be not having much luck with the fall blooming Crocus.  Not sure what it is that is lacking for them but I hope to fix this.


This beauty I got this fall from Odyssey Bulbs and I am in love!  This little guy ended up sending four other flowers out.  It is Crocus kotschyanus ssp. kotschyanus HKEP. 9317 . I hope that I can keep it happy.

Cambridge Snowdrop pic 2

Cambridge Snowdrop

Weather has gotten crummy and not much is left flowering now except for one of my Snowdrops.   This one is Galanthus reginae-olgae ‘Cambridge’.  I have others that have decided not to bloom or do much this fall but this one has certainly made up for where the others are greatly lacking.  I have been having a debate with myself as to if I like late fall blooming Snowdrops more or Spring ones… still undecided. 🙂

Radish frog

Poor guy looks like my general mood towards winter : -) My radish flowers grew around him though which made him look this grumpy and I could not resist taking his photo.

Dahlia tubers

I dug up my Dahlia tubers but I do not think they are going to make it this year again till spring.  They do not seem happy in storage, so it is a good thing I already ordered my favs.  Open for ideas on storing them.

I hope everyone is having a great week.  You will find me dreaming of flowers and sunshine.






This post was inspired by my oldest finding this large leaf in our yard a couple weeks ago.  It is from our scrawny little Witchhazel. Usually Witchhazel leaves are much smaller, almost palm sized.  Funny how plants can be much like humans by which they are the same but can vary so much.

Witch Hazel

Witchahazel pic 2

In our tree fields, I found a Kousa Dogwood that had jumbo sized fruits.  My thought was would be a good tree to try and make Kousa jam from.  Maybe next year I will try.  This fall, like the summer has gotten away from me and has gone by so fast.

Kousa fruit

Here is a Oakleaf Hydrangea I found with a gigantic leaf and with great fall color I might add.  I have never seen them get this big.

Oakleaf hydrangea

Here is the Burr Oak which is always jumbo sized unlike the other guys I found above.  This tree for me is a must have once I get a bigger yard.  The bark on this tree is fantastic and is very nice architectural quality to in in the winter.  These trees are wonderful they have very large acorns and leaves that are just massive.

Burr oak acorn

Burr Oak leaf

Hope everyone is staying warm!



Petal Power

Petal collection

Just a petal collection from some of the spent flowers in my garden, the season is getting closer to the end might as well have some fun with it.  Later the girls had fun throwing the petals up in the air making it rain flower petals.  Nothing but pure enjoy on their faces and giggles as the petals fell and tickled their faces.

Any guesses on the different flowers I used? So of them are hard to see mixed in.

Happy Thursday everyone!



Autumn Garden

Hope everyone has been enjoying the cooler weather.  I am every much enjoying autumn with its’ cool mornings, sunrises and sunsets full of bright colors.  Also enjoying what the cooler weather is doing to the flowers.  Flowers are appearing much more rich in color.  Below are pictures from the garden.


Dendranthemum pic 1

The Dendranthemum is in full bloom now – brings lots of color for this time of the year. Love it!

African Blue pic 1

As always the African Blue Basil is doing great.  It is a good annual to have in the garden, great arrangement filler, bees love it, tastes great and the list goes on as to why this is a great plant to have.


Raydons Fav

My Raydon’s Favorite is in full bloom.  Not as showy as it was last year but it is because I heavily divided due to its’ large nature and I needed more room for more plants 🙂

Honorie Jobert

My Honorine Jobert Anemone is still blooming where as my others have finished by now.


Rear yard

View of the garden from our kitchen window.

Turf is still looking rough but I have big plans, so hopefully next year I will not have to look at it. 🙂


Close up of the Dendranthemum Sheffield Pink


All my Hardy Cyclamen have sent out their foliage.  I cannot wait for them to start seeding an spreading out.

clematis pic 1

With the cooler weather the Clematis is reblooming.

cafe au lait pic 2

Café  au Lait again but now notice the color change.  It is now appearing more like the color everyone associates with it, more like a cream.


gerrie pic 1

My Gerrie Hoek Dahlia is a much more vibrant pink than before when the months were so hot.

The garden has not suffered a frost yet and I am hoping for another week frost free but we will see how long it lasts.

What are some of your favorite things about autumn?

Happy gardening!

Flower Crown

I have been starting up some new projects – here is one that I would like to continue doing and helps when you have your best friend willing model too. 🙂  I had forgotten how much I loved to make flower crowns and playing with cut flowers.  Many moons ago it was my profession.  Something that I maybe should get into again… Plants / flowers used in flower crown:

  • Indian Grass,  Sorghastrum nutans
  • Maximilian’s Sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani
  • Winterberry, Ilex verticillata
  • White Prairie Aster, Syymphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides 

Hope everyone has a great day!

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