Victoria was ahead of the game last week when we had some snow. I wasn’t going to take any photos, but decided, what the heck so I fetched my camera and took a few pics.
Some snow on the Mexican Orange shrub .. this plant is tough as nails! I can do an extreme pruning and then a few months later, it flowers! Below, photo taken this week .. snow has gone (yea!!) and the flowers are still looking great.My little garden bench .. where JaneE loves to perch and await her treats! I liked the way the sun brought out the shadows which always adds interest. Leaves decorating the frozen water in the bird bath. I replenished the water so that the birds could bathe. Honestly, these sweet little flowers just add so much beauty and carefree energy to the garden .. love them!One of the many reasons I love taking photos in the fall .. so I can remember how beautiful nature is. Took this photo last week. Nothing like a cheerful sunflower to brighten the atmosphere, n’est-ce pas?And this venerable rose bush, another tough as nails plant! I planted this – maybe 35 years ago? I swear it lives on love as I rarely water it even during the hot summer. It does not mind a heavy pruning and just seems to flourish. The Anna Hummingbirds love this one!Alpine strawberries. I do not plant these in the ground as they are tenacious and would soon cover the yard, as I discovered a few years ago! Now I just keep one plant in a pot and that is enough. Yesterday, this caught my eye, I loved the dainty flowers against the broken clay pot. This .. to me .. is true beauty of the best kind.A few days ago, I gathered some pumpkin seeds and scrapings, placed them on a Rubbermaid container lid for the birds to feast on. Our lovely JaneE (nearly 22 years old now) loves pumpkin squash and I caught her eagerly dining on this! She soon stopped and walked away to her little bench. The Stellar Jays noticed this food and quickly made this disappear. I noticed one of the Jays swallow a seed whole, snatched up another and flew away to rest in one of the trees!
Last year I only noticed one Stellar Jay in our yard .. this year there are 4 and they are such beautiful birds. If only their song would match their beauty! Happy to see them pick out the peanuts I leave for them.
It is the first week of November and I still haven’t planted my garlic. This week I will definitely plant a small patch just to enjoy their growth. At one time I really wanted lots of property so that I could grow lots of organic garlic to sell. Plans change and now I am content to just plant a small amount.
As all gardeners know.. the peace and tranquility of a garden soothes the soul and the joy of watching plants grow, the love of watching the interaction of the birds has an energy unlike anything else.
Sometimes I wander outside, a little overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done. After giving JaneE her treats, and filling up the bird feeders, checking on the hummingbird feeders to make sure they have enough for the day .. I wander around, with my mug of strong Yorkshire Tea .. looking at the various areas in our garden.
And I truly surprise myself (time after time after time!) at what happens next.
I move a few plant pots, tie up a few wandering berry vines and soon find myself involved in changes that involve a different way of using the yard.
Loving the idea of creating private garden rooms and not wanting a permanent structure anywhere .. I am always thinking of a different way of doing things. And so happy at the results.
This year I’ve placed two arbors (from Lee Valley .. not the expensive types) in the garden about 5 feet apart … and next year will plant a string bean tunnel!
And I have quite a few planters with bamboo and am playing with them to use as green walls in another garden place. It’s funny how I’ve been focusing on just one area of the yard, forgetting about others and now I am re-discovering these sort of forgotten areas.
And mulching the seaweed that my pal D and I gathered a few weeks ago with straw from the summer and leaves raked last week. This will make lovely soil for next year and also provide a place for the birds to peck away, looking for the insects that will live there.
Love being in my garden.
But now, off to practise my fiddle and my singing as I have another voice lesson soon! Loving this also!