Friday, October 11, 2013

The Garden's Last Hurrah

October has been a glorious month so far, which has encouraged many plants (and some critters) in the garden to keep on going.

This year I discovered that petunias bloom much longer when planted in the ground.
The chipmunks are continuing to stockpile food for winter and the bees are still buzzing around.


With a wetter and cooler summer, the garden was a huge success. The plants thrived under these conditions, and we were showered with beautiful blooms month after month.

 

But the garden is quickly coming to an end as the nights get cooler. It won’t be long before all the plants go to sleep.

Is there anything more beautiful than morning glories?
We never got to our plans to add a pond; there were just too many other things to take care of. Maybe next year. We will see. The garden is a never-ending project, after all.


As much as I love my garden, I begin to look forward to the break from it during the winter months. While it sleeps, I can recharge my batteries for next spring, and research information on new plants and projects.


Today is another beautiful day, and I plan to spend it in the garden cleaning things and putting them away, but mostly to enjoy the garden’s last hurrah before it retires for the season.


I have a feeling that (for the right price) I’ll be in good company.


Wishing you all a lovely weekend! And a wonderful Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canucks.

40 comments:

  1. I love all these beautiful shots from your garden.
    I too love my garden and have enjoyed the beauty of it over the summer.
    Enjoy today in your garden and Happy Thanksgiving to you, Martha.

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    1. Thanks, Margie. I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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  2. That bee is cool. You are brave for getting up close and personal.

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    1. Bees usually don't bother you unless you threaten them. It's the wasps that worry me!

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  3. I like the way you put that .... the plants go to sleep... aw... yeah, they do.... they deserve a long winter's nap... be all bright eyed and bushy tailed for springtime....

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    1. They do need a rest. It takes a lot of energy to put out those gorgeous flowers! I'm happy for the break. I can use one, too!

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  4. Our flower beds are all put away for their winter's sleep. We've had our killing frost already here.

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    1. Already? Brrr.... We're not there yet, but I just know it's coming soon!

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  5. Your flowers are so vibrant and beautiful. I very much enjoyed seeing them. I'm glad you got the pictures before they went to sleep.

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    1. Thank you! I try to take as many photos as possible during the gardening season.

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  6. Still looking pretty, but that little blue bird is my favourite.

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    1. The blue jay is my favourite, too. I enjoy when these beautiful birds stop by.

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  7. Yup all my Petunias in the garden are all still doing beautifully as are my Gerber's and Marigolds . I brought some of my Geraniums in a week ago and some are still in the gardens doing well . The weather has been fantastic . Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing . Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend !

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    1. The weather this month has been incredible. You couldn't ask for better! I hope it sticks around for awhile. It'll make winter seem so much shorter. Hope you're enjoying this Thanksgiving weekend!

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  8. And a Happy Thanksgiving to you too. This was a very colorful post.

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  9. All great, as always. You have an excellent eye.

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    1. Sure thing. I always enjoy your photos and I learn from them as well as get inspired.

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    2. You should post more photos that you take. Even if they're from awhile back. I'd love to see them!

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  10. Oh Martha you took my breath away such lovely lovely macros, my you do tend to your garden and you deserve all this beauty, rest now and dream of the beauty and joy of Christmas, such beautiful photos girl!!!

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    1. Gardening is a favourite pastime of mine...next to photography, of course! But as much as I enjoy it, I am looking forward to the break. It's a lot of work, and a rest from it is welcome.

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  11. your macro flower pics always look so amazing! now if only I practice enough mine will start coming out better! hope you find a few friends out in the garden :)

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    1. Just keep taking photos and you'll see how easy it'll become. And fun!

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving Martha! Your garden flowers are gorgeous and what a cute capture of the blue jay.

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    1. Thank you! That blue jay always poses for the camera as long as I toss him/her a few peanuts!

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  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Martha!! I hope you are able to enjoy your family this weekend as well as the beautiful outdoors! As always, I love your pics.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! I hope you have are enjoying this gorgeous Thanksgiving weekend. You can't ask for more beautiful weather than what we've seen this month.

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  14. Love the colors in the morning glory.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Martha.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. Those morning glories are just gorgeous!

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  15. wow Martha they are all beautiful but the one with the bee is superb.

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    1. Thanks, Ana. Those little bees are such a joy to see in the garden.

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  16. You have so many flowers still blooming there... I'm south of you in the states and all our flowers here in our yard have gone to seed or are fading more and more in their beauty each day. The Mums and the trees are the ones stealing the show mostly now.

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    1. Autumn has been absolutely gorgeous so far. Certainly warm enough to encourage some plants to keep going. Even my petunias are still in pretty good shape, and they're supposed to be so sensitive. No complaints from me! The longer the garden season, the better :)

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