Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Big Transition is still underway

We have landscapers working to create our own little piece of paradise in our backyard.  I thought you might be interested in watching them work, and seeing the progress.

Day 2: 10/8/2014

 Men at work






Fueled by Monster...and Mountain Dew....what is it with this younger generation, don't they like coffee????

I wonder what Donna of Cottage Days and Journeys would think of my still life.  lol

Here's what it looked like at the end of Day 2.


Day 3, 10/12/2014:




We have been experiencing rain delays, so are behind schedule.


Day 5:  10/16/2014

 9 tons of rock (gravel) later, and we have a wall!


Day 7: 10/18/2014

Progress! You can see now that there is a pergola in place, and a patio in progress. We should be done with the hardscaping/landscaping next week; re-working of the garden beds will be a Spring 2015 project.

I'll be showing the finished project next week (I hope).


Friday, October 17, 2014

The Color of Autumn

Summer is my favorite season, but Autumn is so glorious when the leaves begin to turn. Last Monday it rained all day long and we ended up with 2.1" of rain. We actually saw flooding of a medium-sized creek from the rainfall.

 Flooded Four Mile Creek on 10/13/2014


 I took this photo near the bike trail right by Four Mile Creek - color was just beginning to show.


 I took a photo walk yesterday, and captured a few brilliant trees. The pictures really don't do them justice.






 In my garden, I've begun mulching with pine needles. These mums are a little bit of color and bloom still present.


Looking over the backyard - you can see a few trees turning - and a bit of the construction project that is underway. More on that next week.

I hope you are enjoying colorful Autumn in your neck of the woods!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Summer - Mosaic Monday

I love summer, and the summer of 2014 was a good one.

I enjoyed flowers...

Hemerocallis 'Todd Monroe'



also birds and butterflies:








and travel:

 Amish farm in Van Buren County, Iowa

 Lake Simcoe, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

 Alpaca and lavender farm near Vinton, Iowa

Maid of the Mist, approaching the Horseshoe Falls


A very much abbreviated tale of my summer is told in the following mosaic:



Top left, Fireworks at Niagara Falls; top right, Monarch at the Discovery Garden; bottom right, Niagara Falls; bottom left, an heirloom sunflower in my garden

Although each photo is different, they are tied together by the reds, oranges, and yellows.

Ahhhhhh, Sweet Summer.....must you leave so soon?  

Linking to Mosaic Monday with Judith at Lavender Cottage


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Big Transition begins: Day 1, October 7, 2014

The border gardens are undergoing a big transition.

 Part of the fence has come down.


 Paint marks the spot.


The heavy equipment has arrived.  Ready - set - go!


 The grass is going bye - bye; and the ground is being leveled.


Elsewhere in the gardens:

 The pink knockout is blooming profusely.


 The purple beautyberry is showing off its deep lavender berries.


 The garden mums are putting on a fine show.


 Verbena bonariensis and other annuals continue to bloom. Annuals are the stars in my autumn garden.


 Cranesbill gernaium 'Rozanne' is blooming too.


 Because I deadheaded my phlox, I continue to have rebloom. Above is 'Bright Eyes' (I think); below is 'Eva Cullem.'




 Most of the rudbeckia have finished their bloom cycle, but I found a few bright and colorful blooms.


The Big Transition will continue, probably for 2 - 3 weeks.

God's Big Transition continues as well, as summer has ended and autumn has begun.

I'll post periodically as things change in the gardens. I hope you'll enjoy watching the progress.
Have a great week!

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