Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stubborn Blooms

Howdy, Hey!!
Hoping all is well with my friends and neighbors in the blogging world.
Life is good here. .
We are enjoying the changing of the seasons. .
Football will ending shortly. .
and on to a bit of a slower pace.
Tristan has a part in the variety show coming up in November. .
so it will be practice, practice, practice for him. .
and part time jobs starting for both older boys when they no longer have Friday games/practices/team meals!!
The maximillin sunflowers were just radiant as usual. The sparrows will be enjoying their seed pods very soon.
Devin and Cami have been busy creating decorated pumpkins for their school contest. .
which I will post later this week. .
cause they were sooo darn cute!!
Aren't they just perfect and sunshin-y?
As for us big people. .
work, work, work. .
day after day. .
Fifty hour week, with forty hour pay. .
or less :-)
Les Miserables was a great experience for me. .
and the shopping and company were phenomenal!
Jeremy finished his racing season with a blown transmission. .
so he can spend the winter fixing that!
a new to me purple sedum. .the dead bush behind it is just one casualty from the unbearable heat and drought!
My yard is scattered with others. .almost depressing!!
We're gearing up for our big Halloween party this weekend. .
and a nice visit from my sister and her family. .
though she just went home before lunch with symptoms that sound like the flu to me!
After spending 2 days last weekend with a stomach bug myself. .
and seeing TONS of illness-stricken people in the clinics. .
I am at the peak of germ warfare with my lysol bottle!!
There are still some blooms to be had. .
as you might notice in the number of photos that I snapped the other day. .
This weekend is supposed to hit mid 20's again at night. .
so these little greenhouse plants might be the only thing left.
The cherry tomato plants are loaded with blooms. .as is the lemon tree. .
so there is hope. .at least for the tomatos anyway!!
But I can't WAIT until the aroma of those lemon blossoms perfumes the greenhouse!!
It will smell much better than the aroma of the organic fertilizer I used in there a few weeks ago. .
which smelled like the inside of the chicken coop!
I'm trying a greenhouse variety cucumber this winter. .
It isn't growing too fast. .but I hope it works out well. .
cause those would taste good with the tomatoes.
I'm also trying some yellow squash. .
I have NO idea how that will work out.
The mums are short. .because of the heat I'm sure. .
this one is a start from my friend GonSS. .and it is gorgeous!!
The salvia and catmint in the memory garden are doing well still. .
the chickens hunt and peck there every day. .
and it is becoming quite an effort to avoid looking at all the mulch they toss up onto the sidewalk.
I don't have time to sweep it once a week, let alone once a day. .
so I just keep my eyes above the ground!
We love our eggs. .
that is their saving grace!
The rubinstern echinacea are continuing to bloom next to a mum given to us after Jeremy's grandpa died last fall. .I love yellow and purple combo's!
Mini roses??
I am surprised they survived the freeze. .but they are right next to the south side of our warm aluminum siding! They are a bright spot of color.
The burning bushes are turning color and look nice in front of the "grove" of Maximillin sunflowers.
I thought this sight was funny. .the nice salvia bloom in the forefront of the photo. .contrasted to the frozen blooms just feet away! Crazy?
I noticed yesterday afternoon that the Echinacea paradoxica is reblooming. I started them from seed last winter and had only one other bloom on the plant this summer. .I can't wait to see them bigger and fuller next year!
Can't believe next week is November already. .
Can you. .
Where DOES the time go!!
Have a very safe, healthy, and blessed week friends!


  1. Melanie-Hi! I love the scary display you set up--nice job. And the mums-beautiful!
    Your caryopteris are all snuggled in for the winter and looking vibrant and healthy. I'm so thankful for them--I smile and think of you every time I pass them.
    Have a wonderful week. And yes, the time is FLYING by!!!

  2. Your maximillian sunflowers sure are looking good. Mine flopped this year and gave it up early. I've already cut them down so I could see the mums they were hiding. The ones like I gave you. So glad they have so many blooms this year already. Mine are short too.
    My red salvia is still alive but the blooms are done and it is making seed. I'm just leaving the plant where it is for winter in hopes that the seed will scatter and plant themselves.
    Take care. Get everyone well and enjoy your Halloween bash!

  3. Believe it or not, the Maximilians you shared have survived out in the natural area (they didn't get watered at all once they were in the ground and watered in) and they are blooming gorgeously!!! I keep meaning to take a photo and post it, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

    I love those beautiful corally pink mums from GonSS - I don't think I've ever seen mums that color before!

  4. I found the tag for those mums. The color is "Dark Grenadine."

  5. So glad to have the color of those mums, GonSS! That's one of the prettiest mum colors I've ever seen! Taking notes!

    You still have a LOT blooming, Melanie! Looks great! Your catmint and salvia growing beside each other could have been a photo from our yard!