Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fall - Here We Are Again

Oh Fall...

I have to say, I haven't missed you much.

While on the one hand, I'm glad the hot and dry summer is over, I sure wish the other hand didn't have a rake in it.

Juglans nigra (Black Walnut) making a mess of things.

I haven't been blogging much.

I'm uninspired these days.

And quite frankly, I'm sitting out fall rainy days in the garden, trying only to get done what I can on the weekends or by streetlight. I have to have something in the compost bin on garbage day or I feel like I have failed.

With the year almost over, I feel good about all the changes in the garden this year.

The patio went in and the area around the patio received several shrubs that were already in the yard, but needed moved to a better location. The rest of the space was filled in with more perennial flowers and peonies. 

The Shedteau was built, painted, finished in the interior and decorated. It's now a little cabin oasis in the backyard and getting lots of use.

I bought more trees in one year than I probably should have. (4 - Lagerstroemia, 2 - Eucryphia, 1- x Gordlinia grandiflora). I will have the joy of watching these little baby trees grow up in the coming years.

I took out enough lawn/grass to feel like I expanded the garden in a thoughtful way. 

My eye is already on a few garden projects for next year. I'll mull them over for a while. 

Hamamelis virginiana (American Witchhazel)
For now, I'm counting the weeks until the Winter Solstice (December 22nd), watching the days get shorter until then.

I'm glad the Holidays get in the way this time of year. A whirlwind of holiday cheer is a good distraction.

I'll be inspired again by spring.

I promise!

"One love. One heart."
Callicarpa americana being beautiful.
Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' is still full of summer blooms.
A floppy Chrysanthemum 'First Light'