Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Walk Around the House


Come take a walk with me out my front door, glancing at the ferns that are wintering in the vestibule.


The front garden needs work next spring.  Lavender bushes are getting old and need replacing, a good mulch must be laid to keep down the invasive weeds.  Hydrangeas still holding on to some color on this fall day.



Stopping by the vegetable garden on the east side of the house.  I may get some more snow peas yet but I know we'll enjoy the greens, tatsoi and bok choy that are still growing.


We have a buried pipeline easement that runs along the northern edge of the property.  A tree company has been taking down trees that have encroached upon it.  I may use some of that wood for a sculpture. Other will be used for the fire pit.



Continuing to the south side passed the pond.

The miscanthus has been lassoed to keep it more upright so I can see to drive in the garage.



This volunteer cedar will have to be moved next spring.  Where to?


Hens and chicks doing well.


These pots were too heavy to move.  The plants won't survive a hard frost.


Hosta are long gone.



Porch furniture and decorations put away.




Perennial garden trimmed and ready for winter.



Still some color in the woods.

Coming around to the west side of the house, the garden shed and then the shop come into view.


Along the shop the hazelnuts are flanked by butterfly bushes.  No nuts this year.


Almost back to our starting point.




Back to the front door.


I've made lots of mental notes on what needs doing come spring 2014.  Something to look forward to as this year comes to an end.





Thursday, October 24, 2013

A New Regular Visitor

I saw evidence of it before I saw the bird.  Lately, it's gotten bold and is coming closer to the house.  Sorry for the graininess of these shots.  I had to take these through my window with the screens still on.  If I'd ventured outside it would have flown.  It's a beautiful Northern Flicker.  I hope it sticks around because it ridding the lawn and garden of grubs.









Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Last of the NH Photos

This is it - the rest of the photos from our weekend visit north to New Hampshire that first weekend in October.  Here we are coming up on the last weekend of the month!


Our daughter and son-in-law's lovely home.  They spent two summers painting it.  It looks lovely.  See the wreath to the right of the door?  Close up of it appears below.


Isn't this succulent wreath really neat?

Their chickens.





A small farmer's market on the green.


View from inside the meeting house.


The meeting house.  Dan and Matt went up to wind the clock.  I got to do that last year.


Neighbor across the street


Departing for home photo.  Til next time.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Fells, NH

Another in a posting about a visit we made to New Hampshire to view foliage and visit with family.

A rainy Sunday afternoon we drove down to The Fells,  the summer home of John M. Hay who was one of Lincoln's secretaries and later was a Secretary of State for McKinley and then Teddy Roosevelt.

The home was lovely with gardens that one day I hope to visit in another season.  Here are a few photos for you viewing pleasure.




Walk down the driveway to the house.




No photos inside the house were allowed and this is the only one I took on the outside.

















A monster of a blueberry bush.


The walk back up the driveway.


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