Chronicaling the lunacy of taming three acres in Tidewater Virginia, one square foot at a time!

"Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Someone Forgot.... tell the rose at Norfolk Botanical Garden, that it is November!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Horsing Around

Before that sunset, it was an incredibly beautiful day in Northeastern North Carolina. The sky was intensely blue and no jacket required for a November afternoon. Nothing much interesting in the garden, so I turned my eye to horses.... Baby Blue...
A rescued Corolla wild pony....originally found suffering from head trauma, there was a time when all involved thought it would have to be put down....but now almost 4 months later, happy and healthy, enjoying a munch!
This draft horse is HUGE!!! Frolicking around like a pony...

Girl and horse...

Some photo's taken by my spectacular step-daughter Olivia, who has fallen in with a family of photographers.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Res Ipsa Loquitor

Latin for....the thing speaks for itself... Magical light at sunset over the Albemarle Sound....
Everyone on Bay Drive riding, chit chat, driving, running, dog walking to gaze in awe at something so beautiful.

The camera image pales in comparison to how it looked in real time....

Good Night Sunday.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Freeze Watch

... Freeze watch in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning... The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a freezewatch... which is in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning. Strong high pressure will build over the mid Atlantic andCarolinas tonight into Saturday. Clear skies and light winds will allow temperatures away from the water to drop to between 30 and 35degrees. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible.These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.Could spell the end for my beloved Morning Glories...boooooo
Well, there are always the pansies...

For some reason, this Hydrangea decided to send up one last bloom...

And there is a last hurray for the coneflowers...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Morning Glories

Someone forgot to tell the Morning Glories on my archway that it is October 26!
There are about a scabillion buds all ready to take their turn. The blue is so intense!

Just as interesting from underneath...
Like blue velvet....

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Late October Walk in the Yard

It was a great day for garden work today...overcast and cool enough not to be sweating. Alot of neatening and straightening, readying the yard for a winter's nap that will eventually come.

Put in a pink Dogwood and a purple Flowering Plum tree that were on clearance at the big box store. Pulled out the prior owners mistake, yellow Carolina Jasmine that can't help but grow all over everything, even under the siding on the detached garage! I am usually not big on killing things in the garden, but this pest did not deserve relocation.

Before it got too late, and I got too stiff, I took the macro lens camera and walked the yard...

I just don't have the heart to pull these yellow pear tomatoes out yet...there are several clusters, that may just ripen at the end of the week when the temps will be back in the 70's. Hope springs eternal.

These, hands down, are my favorite Halloween decorations... a square of plastic stamped with faces, a wad of newspaper and a twistie and these little spooks sway in the breeze in various trees along the length of the driveway.

The stem of this pumpkin is cool...and what makes the green stop and the orange begin???


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Morning Webs and a Flower

A lazy blogger I have been....the late summer garden doesn't always inspire the same enthusiasm in me....until we start to slide into fall.
I walked outside to set in some broccoli plants this morning, but everywhere I looked dew and sunshine made the spider webs a delicate thing of beauty...I ran back in, abandoned the broccoli, and grabbed the camera. The Mandevilla is flowering strong, though the leaves are telling me the season is changing.
Webs of varied architecture were everywhere I looked....

One spider still waiting for a meal.
How does the spider know how to create soemthing so precise....

Like fishermen with nets, they patiently wait to see what meal will come along....

Perfect sparkling beads strung in the air.... almost defying gravity.
Webs are cool.