Seasonal

Garden Whimsy . . . Fall Edition

I like to do a little decorating out in the garden for fall.  Not much.  Nothing elaborate.  Mostly just . . . 

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1 - Changing out my containers, adding some mums, and throwing in a few pumpkins.  (With trusty old "Skelly-man" for seasonal interest.)

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2 -- Having fun with pumpkins.  I especially like using the pumpkins with unusual shapes and colors.  (That's a real pumpkin on the bottom, topped with a pottery decoration that just happened to fit on top.)

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3 - And bringing out the old, familiar favorites.  (Skelly-man, above, and this pumpkin face have been part of my fall garden d├ęcor for 15 years now.)

It's fun to bring a little whimsy to the garden in the fall!

How about you?  Do you decorate outside for fall?

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Summer at the Mid-Point

Here we are . . . nearly at the end of July.  Summer at the mid-point.

Our weather this summer has been . . . kinda weird.  It's either been super hot and humid.  Or it's been surprisingly cool and rainy. Unbearably hot.  Or unseasonably cool.  One or the other.  Not much in between.  (We're in one of the cool phases right now.)  (And we could do with a bit more rain, thankyouverymuch.)

Still.  Summer is summer.  And I'm soaking it in.

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(And I'm also remembering that last year, "summer" lasted through the end of November.)  (Almost forever.)  (But not quite.)

How's YOUR summer going?

 


Looking for America

Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together
I've got some real estate here in my bag
So we bought a pack of cigarettes
And Mrs. Wagner's pies
And walked off to look for America.
                            --- Simon and Garfunkel

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(And because you're already humming it, here's the link so you can sing the whole dang thing.)

Today - and every day - let's keep looking for America.

OUR America.

(Which is already pretty great.)  
(Just sayin.)

Happy 4th of July!


Solstice

"This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath . . ."
                                                                                                    ---Margaret Atwood

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Welcome the light!


Golden Days

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I'm enjoying my garden's "golden days" right now.

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Although I have a few other fall colors going on, it's most gold in my late fall garden.

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The view from my living room window is pretty awesome right now.

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But.

Are you noticing something kind of . . . weird, in these photos?

Like . . . what's that golden pine tree doing out there?  

Is it dead?  Does it have a disease?  What is UP with that tree????

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Well, for starters . . . it IS turning gold.

And . . . it's not a pine tree.

It's a larch tree -- a deciduous conifer!  That means it looks like a regular, old conifer for most of the year.  But, come fall, the needles actually turn color and fall off -- just like a maple or a birch or any other deciduous tree.

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Once my larch loses its leaves, though . . . it looks like a giant, dead, Charlie Brown tree all winter long!  But for now?  Golden!