Christmas Blooms and Blossoms

It's hard to beat a bright red poinsettia for Christmas beauty, in my opinion.  This was just a small one.  They seemed to be plentiful this year and reasonably priced, too!
I got a NEW Christmas cactus for myself this year.  I think I watered the one I received last year too frequently, so I'm trying again.
This hydrangea was a gift.  I sure hope I can keep it alive through the winter.  I don't have one in our yard/garden and would love to plant this one in the spring.

I See the Moon...

War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull. (Mark Twain)

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon...(Walter De La Mare)

The sky was awesome last night! 
It was as though the moon was "practicing" for tonight's eclipse...
My "camera" is my cell phone.  
I'm not complaining.  Just making a statement.

A Generous Garden Gift!

...painted on slate

I'm SO thrilled to have received this special gift yesterday from a special friend.  It is DOUBLY appreciated because it was painted by her mother!  

As soon as the outdoor temperature rises enough to suit me, I'll take a tour of Gatescroft and find the perfect spot for it.  Meanwhile, I have it propped up in a prominent indoor spot where I can sit and smile at it...

Wonderland by Day

This is why I don't cut my perennials back in the fall...

Paths and Walkways

The day was SO fine.  My husband suggested a drive.  Auburn, IN was the destination.  We walked the sidewalks in one of our favorite neighborhoods there.  Today I noticed the walkways and paths.  These were a few of them...

Another day, my camera may be drawn to all the wrought iron work...or maybe the unique way house numbers are posted.  Today it was paths (and this one open gate set back in the yard.)  I was SO tempted to see what was in the back yard!  Click on the picture to enlarge it.  Isn't it charming?!

Fluffy White Clouds...

The neighbors across the street might be getting a little paranoid that their house and garage keep showing up on my blog - but THIS cloud was the first to attract my attention and I am unable to crop it further without compromising its beauty...The sky is just AMAZING this morning!
The wind has "done a number" on our maple tree...
He makes the clouds His chariot and rides on the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3).
Sing to God, sing praise to His name, extol Him who rides on the clouds—His name is the Lord (Psalm 68:4).

Savoring a Sunny Saturday

We're slowly adding mulched leaves and grass to this area around the tree.  We put newspaper under them to kill the grass.  The plan is to turn it all over next spring and begin a new bed and seating area from which to view...
Maybe the next to the last tomato of the season!
our little vegetable garden intermingled with...
 roses, grasses, hosta, sedum, and
Some ground cover (still blooming) continues to spread, while
 the maple in front holds its colors a little while longer.
And all day - sunshine!

Black Walnuts: The Fall

 Welcome, new gardening friends!  
I noticed you.
Your presence makes up for the bareness of our 
single black walnut tree.
Most of the walnuts were in the shadows on the ground this morning.  
This afternoon I almost completely filled two rather large garbage cans with them.  
Sure wish I knew someone who had the patience to dig out the meat!
These two tried to hide to escape the rake, but I found them!
It was a BeaUtiFuL day to work in the yard and flower beds.  
I hated to see it come to an end.

Mid-October Touches

  We added the lights to the front porch last night;
this arrangement sits on a small table thereupon.
 This is probably as beautiful as our tree will be!
The next strong wind or rain storm will bring its leaves down.
Across the street, the sun puts on an evening show.
The sky glows in applause.
Goodnight, Moon!

Sunshine and Shadows

The colors of our beautiful maple tree altered subtly with the sunshine and shadows of the afternoon...
...while elsewhere, the flower beds showed their response to the shadows of autumn that have crept silently into Gatescroft...
Only a few hardy and stubborn flowers persist in their summer beauty.