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December 12, 2014

Big Snow

Filed under: Birdwatching,Our gardens,Winter — Judy @ 2:55 pm

I guess winter has arrived, at least for a little bit. Parts of Buffalo received 5 FEET of snow, but we were lucky. We got only about 18 inches of snow over the last day or so, and had to break out the snowblower for the last overnight arrival because it was so heavy and wet, and hey, we aren’t getting any younger!

With all the leaves down, we discovered the hummingbird nest in the maple tree.

Hummingbird nest

Hummingbird nest

Mr. Cardinal keeps watch up high in the tree to let us know he is around and hungry!

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

We have been feeding the birds and had to shovel a path to the feeders to keep up with our task. The red-bellied woodpecker arrived soon enough.

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

Not sure why they call it a red-bellied woodpecker when his head is the reddest part of him!

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

Here are some more images from the snowstorm.

November 17, 2014

First Snowfall

Filed under: Fall,Miscellaneous,Our gardens,Winter — Judy @ 2:21 pm

I’m not sure I like this, but this white stuff signals the end of the gardening season for this year. Time to drain the hoses, and put up the shovels. Maybe start a fire in the woodstove, brew up a little hot chocolate, find some warm cozy socks and blanket . . . hmmm, maybe not so bad after all?

First snow
First snow

November 1, 2014

Best of Fall 2014

Filed under: Decorating,Fall,Flowers,Miscellaneous,Our gardens,Veggies — Judy @ 2:09 pm

A few fall images from around these parts!


Gaura ‘Belleza Dark Pink’

Oakleaf hydrangea

Oakleaf hydrangea ‘Snow Queen’

Fall decorations

Fall decorations

Fall trees

Random road scene


‘Red Fire’ lettuce


Artichoke blossom and sweet potato vine

Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister'

Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister’

Japanese maple

Japanese maple ‘Viridis’ and ‘Hameln’ grass

September 30, 2014

Falling for Fall

Filed under: Fall,Flowers,Grasses,Our gardens — Judy @ 4:41 pm

We really don’t have much in the way of excessive summer heat here, but when fall rolls around, you do notice the difference. The air is softer, the sky seems bluer, and sweaters and jeans become the fashion choice. Leaves start changing their colors, becoming more intense like this blueberry bush before littering the ground.

Blueberry leaves in fall

The frantic growing pace in the garden slows down and time seems to be suspended for a bit as the landscape prepares for its winter nap. That is not to say that nothing of any interest is blooming or showing off its stuff in the autumn though! Daisy-like flowers like asters, chrysanthemums, and rudbeckia are familiar stalwarts. Here is Boltonia ‘Snowbank’ covered with a flurry of little daisies.

Boltonia 'Snowbank'

How about tall Japanese anemones or cimicifuga waving in the breezes?

Cimicuga 'Brunette'

Flowering sedums like the ‘Autumn Joy’ cultivar are wonderful paired with ornamental grasses and rudbeckias. The pennisetums like ‘Hameln’

Pennisetum 'Hameln'

are beginning to throw their flower/seed stalks. Swaying easily in the wind, ornamental grasses add a rustling sound and the appeal of (more…)

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