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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November Leaves, Blooms and Tails. Wordless Wednesday

That was my young dog, Kenai

This is my older dog, Amur:


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Monday, November 7, 2016

October 2016 Garden Pictures

Thanks to mild winters, abundance of moisture, evergreen trees and shrubs, gardens in our area keep their green colors throughout the year. Even the grass stays green. 
The last years' warm fall temperatures keep the blooming period longer.

Look at Rhododendron 'Honey Butter' - you might think, it's spring here!

The first ten days of October showed very few fall colors.
The majority of plants in the front yard were green.
This Fuchsia travels with its summery flowers from month to month, from post to post:

Fuchsia's neighbor, Euphorbia, requires only the removal of its old branches, but overall stays green year around.

Abutilon (below on the left) exceeded all my expectations with its non-stop blooming:

Japanese maples, as seen in above pictures, just started changing their color by the middle of the month,
but Schisandra chinensis behaved according to the season. I love its lemon color:

This is one undecisive hosta:

The fountain will serve as a winter shelter for agaves and some succulents, protecting them from excessive moisture:

Begonia welcomes cooler temperatures:

Hydrangeas bloomed wonderfully, but the record October rain took its toll on them:

From the front garden, let's go around the house.  This is a good thing - the garden kind of wraps itself around the house and can be seen from all the house windows.

Thanks to a burning bush, it starts to look like fall.

Loyal and reliable Fatsia japonica (Japanese Aralia) blooms nicely.

Here, there is not much agreement on what season it is: grasses signal 'fall', but fuchsia thinks 'summer'!

Impatients are fuchsia supporters:

This is another Schisandra chinensis, the only fall-looking plant in this garden corner:

And another Schisandra chinensis:

I am very pleased with my grape plants used to create shade on the side of the garage.
It was fun to watch them changing color. Later, we'll see its end of the month coloration.

Korean Lylac leaves have a very pleasant color with a tint of pink:

Smoke tree ... Love its color, it's popping up on the green background:

Getting our garden decor mossy doesn't require any special procedures. High moisture does the deal.
The following pictures were taken in the second part of October.

We have had some strong rains and winds lately. Hardworking squirrels add more to the mess.
So, there are always opportunities for a cleaning job in the garden.

Sunny days have become a rare event by now, and a walk through the sunny garden feels like a special treat.

Karen, thank you for this hardy fuchsia! After sitting in a pot for several weeks, it found a permanent spot.

Some garden decor is moved to covered spaces or into the garage. 

Abyssinian Banana trees are looking good in these pictures taken in the last few days of October.

Fallen leaves give a chance for trunks and branches to show their beautiful contours.

Campanula 'Pink Octopus' babies

Cercis canadensis

We are now in the front garden again.
As I said before, the plant beds here don't change their look dramatically from season to season. Japanese maples are the ones which do change.

My new fig tree didn't give us much fruit, but its leaves are so pretty:

Gunnera m. was the main head-turning attraction in the front garden:

Hydrangea 'Endless Summer' enterntains with its multi-colored heads.

Garden furniture got taken inside the garage, A couple of tables will serve as stands for house plants.
Above, was the picture from October 23rd.  Looks like summer?
Well, if we move the eyes to the left, the truth is evident:

It is fall in the garden, and it is the fall in the life of our older German Shepherd, Amur.

Calla Lily is among those plants in my garden that benefit from cooler weather.
It stood disheveled in August and September, but look at it now!

The Terrace Garden looks neater this fall because I removed several tall plants, including Joe Pie Weed from its front part.

By the end of October, the fall is obvious!

The garden surrounds the house, that is why we are walking in circles.


By the end of the month, grapevines lost the majority of the leaves. 

This is it.
I hope our November won't be as wet as October.
Have a great month, and I'll see you on your blogs!

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