Monday, October 16, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - Just Before the Frost

Autumn....the year's last, loveliest smile.
John Howard Bryant

Today's arrangement is in one of my favorite vases. It's a used store find and the color is a yellow/gold. When it has water and flowers in it, it loses it's "glow". 

I love my gold pumpkin. It lights up.
Some of the flowers came from last weeks arrangement. It was surprising that they lasted this long!

One of the Foxglove bloomed! 

Marigold and Aster.....I bought two Aster plants at a good price. The're a darker purple than the one plant I have.

Some Impatiens 

Lots of Mums.

Temperatures are dropping and the air is brisk.  It's windy and overcast. With frost in the forecast, it's truly the end of the garden for this year. 
 Don't forget to visit Cathy at
to see arrangements from all over the world.

Happy Gardening, 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Day Trip to the Cape

The Beach.......a place where salt lowers your blood pressure.
Author Unknown
Road trip! Yesterday, the Saver and I decided to take a day trip to the Cape.
The foliage along the highway was very pretty. As we got closer to the water, there was less color because it's warmer than inland.

We're there!
The Bourne Bridge is the gateway to Cape Cod. 

Riding through the quaint town of Bourne.

An old railway bridge.

When we decided to take the trip, we winged idea where we would end up.

Boats docked in Falmouth
Such beauty.....looking across the water at all the lovely homes.
The salt air causes the cedar shingles that are on most of the homes, to turn silver/gray. 

I love trees bent with the wind....there are lots of them near the water.

Deserted beach

Lovely view sand, sea and sky

Fences holding back erosion and creating a path to the water.


Beach Pea (lathyrus japonicus)

Ocean view

I spent way too much time trying to name this plant with no luck.

Another one I didn't identify.

Beach Rose (Rosa Rugosa)

There were a few blooms.

Here's Beach Wormwood (Artemesia Stelleriana)

I captured the exact color of the water. It was beautiful!

There is a lot of scrub Pine and Oak in ocean side towns.


Off the beaten path, we found a salt marsh that was enchanting.
Marsh grass but, I don't know what kind.....

Goldenrod is a pollinator magnet.

Bay. Can you see the berries? I love using them to decorate during Christmas.

Swans! Love birds.

Home again!
Back over the bridge.

We love this time of year on the Cape. Nice, cool days with sunshine and most of the tourists have gone home which means less traffic and no crowds. 
We had a great lunch at The Lobster Pot. Andy had steamed clams and I had fish and chips. They were yummy!
Today, I'm grateful to God for the beautiful ocean that literally fills all of my senses!

Happy Gardening, 

Monday, October 9, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - Autumn Hues

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
L. M. Montgomery

First, Thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme. Don't forget to visit her blog to see what's in vases around the world!
This week, I chose to mix it up a bit by taking pictures in a couple of different spots in the house. I've hesitated to take shots in a lot of the house because we are in the middle of renovating. But, this spot on the kitchen counter isn't least you can't see the deconstruction all around.

I love this yard sale pitcher. It's pre-WW2, made in Germany and all crackled. There are mostly Chrysanthemums in the arrangement with some Asters, Gerbera Daisies and Arizona Apricot Gaillardia. 

I wasn't going to include this pic because it's a little fuzzy but, I love it anyway!

From a different angle.

The arrangement is now on the hutch in our dining room. The cute, little cow was a gift from a friend who moved and gave it to me to remember her by, the clock was a yard sale find and the bottle was a gift.

A little vignette of the vase of flowers, a small clock...I love small clocks!....and a glass swan that came from my MIL's house.

Gerbera Daisies waited to bloom until now. They stand out among the pink pom-pom Mums and purple Asters.

Yellow and Fuchsia Mums

Hybrid Aster and Wild Asters.

Apricot Gaillardia

Lime Green Mums.....I had to have them!!

The colors of the pitcher are reflected in the bouquet.

A close-up of the pitcher showing how crackled and discolored it is.
The gardens have faded but, if you look hard there are a few spots of color. But, when I put them all together, there's a riot of color in a vase!

Today, I'm so grateful for the beauty in this world. Autumn in New England is amazing.

Happy Gardening,