Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bloom Day - October 2014

It's difficult to believe that we are now in the middle of October and the garden season is essentially  done for 2014 except for some cleanup and planting a few bulbs. I still have to clean a few more bromeliads and get them in the house under lights but the bulk of the tender plants are now indoors for the winter.

It's been a busy month since I last posted. We've had the tree fellows removing the fallen trees and the contractors rebuilding the back corner of the house and of course the insurance adjustor has been here a few times but the good news is that all the exterior damage to the house is repaired and looks just as good as new. We still have to have the ceilings painted where we got water damage but that's not critical.  

I wandered about with camera in hand looking for a few late season flowers and there was more than I thought there would be. There's still plenty of pretty stuff out there so without further ado, some October blossoms for Bloom Day.  Thanks to Carol from May Dreams Gardens for hosting our monthly bloom fest.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - September 2014

Well here we are at the very end of the summer and it seems to me that someone put this year on fast forward.  We've had a heck of a summer here with lots of challenges including a microburst from a severe thunderstorm on Sept. 9 that blew down a hundred plus foot white pine tree that smashed across my gardens, patio and onto the roof of the house. We've been dealing with two different tree services, a contractor for the house repairs, the roofer and siding person as well as the insurance adjuster and on and on.... I'll do a post with every gardener's worst nightmare pictures later. 

So again it is bloom day and this is the first 'normal' thing I've done in the gardens since the tree hit the house. It really was therapeutic to get outside with my camera and look for the beauty still here in the late summer gardens.  Lots of annuals, and my shrub border on the street has lots of interest for September. I'm loving it!  As always, thanks to Carol from May Dreams Gardens for hosting our monthly bloom fest.