The year has gone by in a blink, bringing a whirlwind of stress and anxiety.  But the garden doesn’t keep watch on the hour and is always there awaiting me, bringing time of reflection and some peace of mind.

What brings you peace in times of high stress and sorrow?

My mother reminded me the other day to try and find beauty in everything, but it never fails that in times of chaos, stress and worry I forget this.  We had our first frost Saturday night.  Summer is officially over and winter is well on its’ way.  Here is some of the beauty I found in the garden awaiting me early Sunday morning





strawberry vanilla hydrangea



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!

Preparing for Spring

One of the Autumn chores that I like doing is collecting seeds for sowing in the spring.  There is an air of excitement when collecting in hopes of what is to come the following Spring.

One of the most interesting among my collecting this weekend was from the Okra.  The pods are splitting along the seams like no other.  I could not help but place a few of my Princess of India Nasturtium flowers on them for a photo op.  I love the color contrast and the textures.  Looking back at my photo I would never have been able to place it.

My advice next time gloves are a must.  They have very little hairs that remind me of cactus that get suck in the skin.

Hope you all like it!

Nas pic 1

Autumn Flowers

I cannot believe it is already Autumn, but mostly I am not wanting the dreaded season that follows.  Talks are that this one is going to be colder and longer which does not sit well with me.

Back to Autumn – nothing compares to the Autumn breeze that is rolling in and the cooler mornings.  The garden is transforming and many flowers like the roses are getting their second wind due to the cooler temperatures.

Alexandra of kent LD Ba

Princess Alexandra of Kent – looking wonderfully pink.  The second is L D Braithwaite, although it is supposed to be more crimson this is a older bloom and is appearing more hot pink in the photo.  My others have buds on them but have not started just yet.  I still would like more Roses incorporated in the garden.  Always love having them as cut flowers in the house.  Do you grow any Roses?  If so, which ones are your favorites that have done good for you?

Now for the Autumn flowers that I cannot live without.

cylcamen herd

Cyclamen hederifolium ‘Sweetheart Splash’  has done great for me, excellent in fact.  I have always stayed clear of them because I thought they were difficult plants.  I finally decided to plant one last year.  I have since added to my Cyclamen collection but this one has by far done the best out of all my others.  This one for me starts in August and goes till mid fall.



Colchicums are one of my top bulb loves.  Every garden should have some.  I do not have a large collection of them but with time it is growing.  The ones above are Antares and Waterlily, my others have already finished blooming. There is one that I have been trying to find for sometime and cannot find called Pink Goblet. Not sure if anyone has heard about this one but from the pictures I have seen the color is more pink then the blue-purple and a tighter flower shape.

Other fall bulbs that I am looking forward too are the fall blooming Crocus and Leucojum autumnale that are supposed to start soon but I have not seen them yet.

Anemone Honorine

Anemone Sept Charm

Lastly for now are the Japanese Anemones.  Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ and September Charm are in full bloom.  I am happy that this year they are able to bloom.  In the past years they were completely demolished by insects, glad they did not visit again.

What are some of your Autumn favorites?