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Monday, October 31, 2011

Been a long time

It had been a long time since I brought in these snowball flowers to dry...okay, a long time for me.

I had  some from a few years back which I placed over the kitchen cabinets. But they had to go. They got all dusty up there.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A rose by any other name...

So, there I was planting rose bushes in the Julie friendship rose garden...I did tell you I moved all sorts of stuff out of there...at least I think I did.

Well, this rose--pretty as can be-- was blooming and it smelled so sweet! Too sweet apparently.

Why would I say that? Because the next day, my pretty rose was gone...just gone! Not a petal remained and I didn't understand why. Then I saw it. Telltale signs of a deer--hoof prints, in case you thought otherwise. The stupid deer came and eat my blossom!


I wouldn't have thought they would. I mean they leave the Rogoas hedge completely alone, but then there are thorns enough on those to kill a  moose! No deer would stand a chance eating those.

Well, at least the deer didn't munch on the other roses. They had a delicate scent and are very tiny compared to the red rose. They were obviously not to the liking of the deer...thank heaven!

Well, I still have a few roses left, if not the large, gloriously scented one. I'll just have to be content with that. After all, a rose by any other name can still be eaten!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Who stole my compost?

Actually, it's not so much who stole my compost, but more like who hid my compost pile. If anyone stole it it would be Mac Pike, my helium buddy, gardener extraordiniare and all-around funny guy.

Friday, October 28, 2011

I have a Sugar maple!

I believe I have a sugar maple again--several of them actually if you count all the trees on the property line. No, not the one by the pond. That one is a Swamp maple. Julie, of Wooly acres has convinced me.  I'm sure this one--as sure as I can be, anyway-- is a sugar maple.

Yes, Julie, of Wooly Acres I actually checked the leaves on this one and I thought it might actually be a sugar maple. Only thing is, it looks suspiciously like your mystery leaf! So, where does that leave me and my maple? I'm calling it a sugar maple... so there.


That is my story and I'm sticking with it.

Raymond, of Incoming Bytes  will have to forgive me for stealing his line.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last flower standing... and blooming

This is a Monks Hood and it is the last flower, perennial I should say, to bloom in my garden. It stands up tall, too, almost 4 feet high.
Not quite in bloom yet

It also goes by the Harry Potter-ish name Wolfsbane and aconite. It has the reputation of warding off werewolves which is very convenient with Halloween just around the corner.
Okay, now blooming

It's one of only a few blue flowers I have, the others being the Pacific Blue Iris, Baltic Iris and the butterfly blue Pin cushion flower.
Monkshood closeup sans the usual bee buzzing within

Oh, yes, I almost forgot Forget-me-nots...that was rather silly of me, don't you think? Forgetting forget-me-nots! Ah well, that may be because they are a long ago memory by the time Monks Hoods bloom. Another digression, do forgive!
Clump getting big enough to divide

So if you are ever looking for a late blooming perennial look for Wolfsbane, Aconite or Monkshood. With any luck you should find this flower to brighten your autumn garden.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Backyard trees

There I was just coming out of the house to start my day in the garden, when I see the trees which border the backyard. Okay, you got me. I can always see them, but this time I noticed the colors changing on the maple. This maple is not a red swamp maple like the one by the pond.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Combining the love of flowers with crochet

Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and this blog just wouldn't be the same without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting, both loom and regular type, come to save my sanity.

Oh, lookie here! I found a way to combine the love of flowers with crochet. I found a pattern for an afghan which consists of 48 blocks. They form a nice flower and depending on the colors you use, the flowers could be anything! Now I can crochet an entire garden!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Guest post: a poem by Janet Collinge

I have seen
few things

Giving the oak its due

I think it about time I gave the oak its due. All this talk about Maple trees must be giving all other trees a complex or something.

The poor little neglected oak! So, what if it is now officially the national tree. It gets no recognition whatsoever during this time of year. It's all the maple with its flashy colors and the controversy--Ooh what a controversy! I, for one, want to change this.



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hills are alive with the colors of the wind



♫…The hills are alive with the colors of the wind  

Huh? Yes, for a moment there I had a morphing of two of my favorite songs, but as they did express exactly how I felt at the time it only seemed appropriate to sing them both!

One day when I brought Justin to his work-training program I saw these hills just beyond the tiny town of Newfoundland and I thought they looked so nice. I knew I had to capture them.

The sky was a perfect blue, too.

When I made it back home I thought the hills surrounding my home looked nice too.

I only wish I could get up on the roof to get a better picture. Perhaps I should strap the camera to a mourning dove or one of the ever-present crows and hope they get a nice shot for me. Not likely I'm thinking!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Crimson King Maples



I saw these two Crimson King Maples right by the parking area just off of the main street in Honesdale, down a bit from the bowling alley where I take Justin for his weekly meeting with his Special Olympic buddies.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tommy's new toy

As you may have seen on Facebook--why you don't follow me there is anyone's guess! That is where you get up-to-the-moment updates, you know-- Tommy has a new toy, a John Deere tractor.

He has been eagerly awaiting this thing for months now!

As you can see it has a bucket plus a fork lift attachment.

In the time Tom receive instructions on its use from the guy who sold it to him--gosh, I don't recall his name...sorry, Mr. John Deere salesman guy!-- three delivery trucks came, so Tom got practice using the forklift straight away!

I wondered that he thought he needed the forklift. He does have a very small yet maneuverable one up at the pole-barn. He said in winter the little one cannot make it down the road to the bottom driveway and then back up again with a heavy load. The poor little guy will only be for indoor use now and this big one will take care of the rough stuff.

Well, it was bright and shiny, brand-spankin' new, but it wasn't going to stay that way for long.

All too soon Tom got it dirty. He picked up a pile of weeds...very tall over five foot weeds, mind you...

And filled up a hole...the hole I dug up because I needed soil in what will soon be the new peony garden.
It's rather distressing to see this big hulking thing dig out more soil in five seconds than I could in four hours of back-breaking work.


Of course, I don't leave tracks that huge!

Oh, but it is a messy thing to have Tommy's new toy. Yes, he can knock down weeds with one fell swoop, but oh, the ruts it'll make in the lawn! I don't want to think!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stuck in the mud

So, there I was bringing dirt to the side yard--yes, I call soil dirt when it looks like this red clay stuff and is likely depleted of anything good. I think I just digressed, didn't I? oh, bother!--


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

This is why you should read carefully



Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory's Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and this blog just wouldn't be the same without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting, both loom and regular type, come to save my sanity.

See this? I made it while on vacation to The outer banks (aka OBX to you frequenters to the hopping resort areas or natives to the resident regions) with Tommy and it serves as a good example of why you should read crochet instructions very carefully....any and all instructions actually. The pattern was a new one for me, but after  the first row of the fancy alternating back-post-front-post pattern stitch, I thought I knew precisely how to proceed.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Amazing honeysuckle vine

The honeysuckle vine, amazingly enough, is still going bonkers. It is still growing like there is no tomorrow, still blooming and still filling the air with it's heavenly perfume.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

The sky in autumn

I don't know about you, but I find the sky especially beautiful in autumn. I don't know if it is because I subconsciously know the winter sky--all gray, dreary and seemingly interminable--approaches all too soon, but I think it is something else.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scatter brained or genius at work?

So, what do you think? m I scatter-brained or a genius at work? Ah, well, that would be anyone's guess!  I am scattered brained, to be sure, but flights of fancy end up being genius-at-work...eventually.

Case in point: The rock wall garden.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Garden shoes revisited

A while back I showed you my new garden shoes, but as they are no longer new, I thought we could revisit them.

They used to be spiffy clean, but you had to know they wouldn't stay that way.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Woe-be-gone sunflowers

I saw these woe-be-gone sunflowers when I took Justin bowling with his Special Olympic friends.

They look so sad, don't they? Like a jilted lover. So, I suppose you're wondering why I would bother to take a photo of something so forlorn. Well, I thought first of my Helium Buddy Alexandra Heep and her kitty Gracie who just so happens to have her own sunflower patch.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sewing 101: Blanket stitch

Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and this blog just wouldn't be the same without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting, both loom and regular type, come to save my sanity.

Another sewing lesson for you beginner sewers. This time I want to show you the blanket stitch.


Huge rip on work pants

Monday, October 10, 2011

Justin and bowling

Justin has himself a dandy time on Saturdays in September and October. It's bowling season, you know!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Trees of autumn

This is my sugar maple which stands by the pond and in front of that is the cork-screw willow whose leaves turn slightly yellow as the autumn goes on until they fall off. These are my trees of autumn.

You may be wondering why I call them that. Well, the sugar maple is the first one every year to start turning color. Way at the top a few of the top branches turn a brilliant red, most visible in August because you don't expect it then, but that is inevitably when it happens.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Roses in autumn

It's so nice to see the roses still putting forth a blossom or two. A rose in autumn seems to show up just to show us it ain't over--meaning the growing season-- until the last flower blooms and the last leaf is brown and crumbled.


Friday, October 7, 2011

It's a sickness I tell ya!

Tommy made the mistake the other day of taking me to the dollar store. Why was that a mistake? They had seeds for sale, ten packs for a dollar and I simply couldn't resist. It's a sickness I tell ya!

"It's only a dollar," Tommy said.

True, but if he only knew how many seeds I currently have he might not have been so willing to...shall we say...feed my addiction.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Burst of color

It was so lovely to see these hibiscus blooming. They give a burst of color when it is most needed. That is to say, when I need it most. The autumn does depressive me excessively.

Thankfully, Jack the Frost monster has kept his distance as of yet. Many years Lady and Lord Baltimore--yes, these particular hibiscus have names. The pink one is the Lady and the red one is the Lord-- don't get much of a chance to bloom at all. They are very late blooming and therefore run the risk of getting nipped in the bud--quite literally!

Even with all this dreadful rain we've been getting, I must say it's been a better kind of autumn thus far. Hey, when we can get through September with no frost, it's officially a great autumn, even when the weather is less than ideal.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spent flowers

You see spent flowers, I see next year's blossoms.  It's all in how you look at it. What do I mean? I'll show you.
Black eyes without the Susan?

These poor little Black-eyed Susans had their day, several actually and they were lovely. their cheery little faces brightened many a day. But now, all that is left are the spent flowers, the stems, the still bright green foliage and their protruding "eyes". Those eyes, however, hold promise of another day. That is to say, that is where their seeds hide in plain sight.

~ Are you listening, Jim Bessey, Mister-I-don't-now-where-the-seeds-are? Or are you too busy taking lovely train trips through The Adirondacks with your lovely Lin to see the changing leaves? One never knows with that Tile guy!
Hibiscus seed pods ready to burst

The next time you see spent flowers, just pause a moment and see the potential within. More flowers await in those tiny, little seeds!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sewing 101: Hemming pants


Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and this blog just wouldn't be the same without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting, both loom and regular type, come to save my sanity.


Sewing 101 is back with a lesson on hemming pants. Sorry for the wide gulf in between these sewing 101 lessons, but I had to wait for a pair of pants to show up. I'll have you know, it took me quite a while to find a pair which needed to be hemmed. Alas, Brandon's work pants showed up in the laundry with a downed hem--half of it anyway-- and that will have to do.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Kousa Dogwood

I doubt many of you know a Kousa Dogwood from a regular one. Well, this is one all berried and ready for birds to nibble on them...at least I think they must. The berries, or seed pods, are never there after the winter and they don't show up on the ground around the shrub so....I just assume the birds have at them. Good guess, I'd say.

I like the Kousa Dogwood. It looks very pretty in spring when it flowers, the leaves turn a nice burgundy color in autumn and these berries are lovely, too. Weird as it may seem I prefer the regular dogwood, Cornus florida. Why? Two reasons...maybe three.


The flowers...

...and the seeds.

The third reason is a silly one, but I'll tell you anyway. When I was a kid living out on Long Island my uncle had a flowering dogwood tree in his front yard and my cousins and I used to take the seeds off the tree and throw them at each other. It was fun! Silly, yes, but fun. So, I would say it's the good memories associated with that tree which make me like it better than the Kousa.

I never knew the Kousa until I came to live in the Poconos--a nasty USDA zone 5, by the way. I tried in vain to grow a Cornus florida, but it just never would take. I didn't understand it. All the books, even the famed Arbor day foundation Book of trees insisted it was hardy here, and yet I could not grow it. I had to settle for the much hardier Kousa.

I'll have you know I've not given up on growing the flowering dogwood. I've seen them in the Poconos growing nicely so I know it can be done. It may just be my swampy land. I'll have to fix that somehow.