Maybe Next Year???

 Tall & elegant,
vivid and velvety
 And where have they been all my life?
or in juxtaposition with other blooms...
a real attraction!
I saw these at our County Extension garden.
I need to do a little more research to see if they're
a possibility in our beds.
I'm not crazy about the foliage--
but OH!  Those flowers!

I ♥ Autumn!

"I love fall! Fall is exciting.
It's apples and cider.
It's an airborne spider.
It's pumpkins in bins.
It's burrs on dog's chins.
It's wind blowing leaves.
It's chilly red knees.
It's nuts on the ground.
It's a crisp dry sound.
It's green leaves turning
And the smell of them burning.
It's clouds in the sky.
It's fall. That's why...
I love fall."
-   Author Unknown

As soon as it dries up a bit, I have a few new
potted plants to place in our
already-crowded flower beds....

September Miscellany

Yesterday I took advantage of the cooler weather to work
in this small area beside our house. 
I divided a hosta from another spot
and put in smack in the center (behind the black ball) here.
Then we uprooted a smaller sedum and put it to the left of the ball
to balance the larger one already growing beside the tree.
While looking over other parts of the yard,
I saw various spots of white. 

I like the way it "punctuates" the garden-scape...
I decided to purchase a white mum and will look for a good place to plant it
for additional autumn "punctuation"!
 I was assured it was a "hardy" one (even though the label didn't say so).
I'm always a little doubtful. 
Guess I'll know next season...
 THIS particular mum (above) has certainly proven to be hardy!
I've divided it many, many times and it prospers whereEVER it is placed!
I also came home with these two Heuchera (Southern Comfort).
I don't have this particular variety - and for $1.49@ decided to purchase them.
I'll look for a place to put them later today...
I really don't have room for ANYthing else!

Oh, my!

 It just doesn't get
 any more beautiful
than this!

Aster or DISaster?

 In spite of my weak camera/photography skills,
 can anyone tell me if I have an aster here?  
(Or is it a disaster?)
You can click and click again on any picture to enlarge it...
I planted an aster either last season or the one before in this general area.
I thought I put a marker at the spot but have hunted for it all summer.
Suddenly (almost as sudden as the mammoth dandelions that have appeared lately)
this plant showed up!
What do you think?  Does anyone know?
Is it or isn't it?
Should I pull it or keep it?

If you can't lick 'em....

 ...JOIN 'em!
Recent rains have encouraged the proliferation
of some VERY large dandelions around here!
Unfortunately, I'm dealing with some severe shoulder pain
and haven't been able to keep ahead of them...
Has this ever happened to you?
(What's YOUR excuse????)
Fortunately, the same rain that encourages weeds
also produces some wonderful plants and flowers...

The Year of the Sedum

I kind of forget how many there are until they start to bloom.
Autumn Joy Sedum...
in various stages of coloring.
Next spring, I need to divide most of them.
Meanwhile, they live up to their name--
Autumn Joy.

Labor Day 2011

I had some artificial flowers strategically placed,
hoping it would warm up enough
to enjoy our grilled burgers outside..
but 61 degrees was as high as it got!
We decided to eat inside, but later in the
afternoon we wandered into the backyard
 for some croquet...
 and a brisk corn hole competition!
Me?  Mostly I watched from the green chair (below)
covered with a cozy afghan!
It felt SO good!
(And the coffee TASTED pretty good, too!)

Small Chores

 Trimming the dried hosta stems is a joy with this little jobber!
I just love its size and color!
The chore was smiled on by the glow 
of setting sun shining on the old tree trunk.
The effect in reality was much brighter than this!