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Nov 2, 2011

Fall is having an identity crisis here!

It's hard to get back in the blogging routine!  I do NOT recommend taking that kind of time off personally, as for me it resulted in a slight depressive state of not doing anything, since I didn't feel "accountable" for doing anything!  I'll have to ease back into things so I don't end up in a rant about the past months' events in an incoherent manner.

I'll start by showing you some photos of what our place looks like today.  I've been enjoying so much seeing everyone's fall photos, and it's a good thing y'all are posting them for me because fall just doesn't seem to "get it" here this year.  Although the past few days have been wonderful with lows in the 40's and highs in the 50's and 60's, as recently as last week it was still in the 80's.  Consequently, we have some split personality stuff going on out there.

This is my view now from the computer through the back door, I do like this!


For a different perspective, this is the stand of grass from the other side of the back door/deck:


The past year this clump that was planted from 8" plants 2 years ago has spread and is now a welcome privacy screen, no wonder Ms. Dove loves this area for raising her babies!

The "mud clump" I received as a gift from one of the Master Gardeners in my class 2 years ago is now a full 12+ foot tall stand of Maximillian Sunflowers.  Those are dead hops on the trellis behind, ooops!


Mums surprised me this year - they bloomed all summer since I neglected to prune them back in June, but they still bloomed for fall anyways...this is one thing I will miss someday, mums being perennial!


Rosemary hedge is in full bloom


Herb containers are blooming


Summer is hanging on in some places...


While obvious signs of fall are 10 feet away!  This is a 14 year old "Dwarf" Burning Bush... LOL I wonder how big the non-dwarf is?  :)


Found this still going strong -


Didn't plant this but maybe it's a blanketflower from last year?


Still cotton out there!


I imagine we will go straight from flowers to snow here, a very strange year.  Keep posting those fall leaf photos, everyone - some of us are relying on them!

Now I'm thinking of updating my blog look as well, I'm loving all the photo headers everyone is changing... change is in the air!

14 comments:

  1. Look how pretty everything still is in your garden... Hopefully you'll at least have some decent fall weather before you get snowed in. ;-)

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  2. Oh, I'm just loving all your blooms. My gosh, that grass is gorgeous. If you hear a shovel scraping some night (say, around 3 am!), it's not me. Nope. Just cuz I always get up at that time........

    And honey, I'm a zone 4 and my mums have come back for three years running. The trick I learned was NEVER to trim them off in the fall. I think that extra layer of stems/etc keeps it going. When you move north--er, I'll give you cuttings of all mine--that way you KNOW they'll last up there!

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  3. PS-I didn't know Rosemary bloomed. I guess they freeze out here first!
    :)

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  4. So I didnt know you lived in Florida ;)

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  5. looks like the amazon--gorgeous-everything big and beautiful-and my burning bush NEVER looked like that

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  6. Look at all those flowers! Gorgeous! And you grew cotton, really? That's awesome.

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  7. Okay I'm almost positive I posted something but it didn't show up. Or maybe I didn't. Ack!
    Your flowers look wonderful. I'm glad to hear fall is nipping at you.
    I was so looking forward to a good rant. Oh well I'll just have to post my own. LOL!

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  8. Jane, she doesn't live in Florida but what she doesn't broadcast is that her whole yard is covered by a year-round climate controlled greenhouse. That's how she tricks us into thinking she's this fantastic gardener with all those luscious blooms yet when our gardens are dead, dead, DEAD!

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  9. Good to have you back on Erin. I missed yah!

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  10. Anke, I sure hope so! Fall has really missed the mark here.
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    Sue, my rosemary actually blooms all year long, but in the winter and early spring are when the blooms are most profuse.
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    Jane, I know! With the humidity and all the past few years, I'm not noticing a difference between FL and VA!
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    Judy, Amazon indeed - did you notice all the weeds? The yard is choked with them, I've been neglecting the maintenance this year!
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    Kaytee, yes, I grew the cotton mostly so I can dry it and take it to the elementary schools when I do the Ready-Set-Grow! program in the spring. The kids are fascinated by it and don't realize it comes from a plant. They destroy it every year from fingering it so I grow fresh stuff!
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    Sparkless, oh just wait, I always have a good rant ready to go LOL!
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  11. FOR SOME REASON MY NEW KEYBOARD IS TYPING ALL CAPS AND THE ALL CAPS LIGHT IS NOT ON - CONSIDER THIS MY IMPERSONATION OF OUR LOVELY FRIEND JUDY (HAHA JUST KIDDING JUDY, WE KNOW IT'S BECAUSE YOU ARE TYPING SO FAST!)

    MAMA PEA, IF I DID HAVE A YEAR ROUND CLIMATE CONTROLLED YARD I'D PROBABLY RIP OUT PART OF THE GARDEN AND MAKE ANOTHER BEDROOM OUT THERE, IT'S GETTING TIGHT IN HERE!
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    DANI, IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK, I'VE REALLY MISSED ALL THE "CONVERSATION" AND MUCH NEEDED FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND BREAKS IN MY DAY WHEN I GET TO HOP ON AND SEE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS UP TO!

    NOW I'M OFF TO FIGURE OUT THE CAPS THING, THIS IS DRIVING ME NUTS, DO Y'ALL FEEL LIKE I'M YELLING AT YOU? LOL...

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  12. Ooh cotton! If you want to send me a boll, I can spin it for you - something else to bring in with the cotton plants! I have an Indian book charks. I can have DH take photos and send with :) I love spinning cotton!

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  13. I second the falling off the wagon and feeling out of control and unaccountable. Hopefully you get back in the swing too.

    Glad you got your computer too missy. And in reference to your other post (cuz I am too lazy to go back to it and post another comment), I know the smart phones do wonderful things, but I always worry about the slight trip in 911 locating. Land lines are instant. Call me a worry wart.

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  14. Burgh...blog catching up is hard. Things look(ed?) Great!

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