Saturday, November 3, 2007

lovely weekend

We are in the midst of a lovely autumn weekend. Our city does a clean-up every spring and fall that allows residents to get rid of the junk. Today was the fall clean-up. Mark cleaned out some stuff in the garage and put it out by the curb yesterday. This morning some guy came by and took over half of it. One person's junk is another person's treasure!!

One of our neighbors who has given me leaves in past years knocked on the door last night asking if I needed more this year. NO!!!! I'M DONE! Yeah, that's what my brain was screaming at me, but this morning I headed over there and brought home 13 bags of oak leaves. I'm pathetic.

We have had a stack of logs on the side of the driveway since last summer when we trimmed up a maple tree. This afternoon we rented a splitter, split all the logs, and hauled them back to the firewood pile. I still have to actually add them to the pile, but the hardest part of the job is done at least. And the driveway looks much nicer.

It's supposed to be near 60 tomorrow - key word "supposed to be" - so I'm thinking I'll take the opportunity to put hooks in the porch to hang Christmas lights this year. On one of our drive-arounds last year, I picked up some cool ideas for lights, and I can't wait to try them out. The lights won't be turned on until after Thanksgiving, but it is way nicer to put them up when it's 60 than when it's 30!!

If it does hit 60, I want to get down to the Arb for a walk - I haven't been there for awhile, and I think it would do my gardener's soul some good. Maybe I'll even remember my camera - although I think most of our leaves have fallen. I picked Mark up at the airport yesterday and was surprised to see quite a few trees that still have leaves near there. Mark is hoping to get in a motorcycle ride if it's warm tomorrow. Gosh, we seem to have a lot riding on tomorrow's temperature! :)

A few things are still blooming in the gardens. I emptied out the last of my containers today - very sad since they're still blooming. I left this one with the geraniums - I'll pull them after we have a hard frost. The first two photos are "Hawkeye Belle" - this rose is peach to lt pink in the summer - but now with cooler temps it's a little deeper color - very pretty. The next photo is my green leafed snakeroot. These have a ton of bloom stalks - but just started to bloom. If we'd had an earlier frost, they wouldn't have bloomed this year. And the bellflowers are blooming again. I really wish things could just keep blooming away until next April when the tulips start in again!!


Wicked Gardener said...

Your flowers still look good, especially the bellflower. Be sure to post pics of your christmas lights!!

The Texas Connection said...

You still have some lovely color--funny how they seem so vibrant when they are just about done.

Have really enjoyed the Blog lately, the Tablescapes, etc. Do you watch the "Food Network"? I spend most of my TV time there, and Sandra Lee is really into that. I visited Zoey's Blog and they are along the same line----you really need a lot of room to store dishes etc.........

Hope Mark gets his ride.

Barbara said...

I also would like all things could just keep on blooming till next Spring!!! But, be happy, you still have some wonderful blooming flowers in your garden!
Have a nice Sunday!

Me said...

I think that if you ever divide or thin the snakeroot you ought to let me know - I will definitely travel to your neck of the woods for some of is so ethereal....

My poor lavender has just started blooming - it is on the front stoop and so it hasn't been killed yet although it is looking a bit droopy.

I hope your day works just as planned. :)

Have a great one.


Rosehaven Cottage said...

Such lovely photos! So nice to hear that you're entering November with some warmth before things really get cold. That's must be very nice. Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Elzie said...

So lovely flowers still?!?! Here all is frozen and brown. But just wait - soon it's spring again LOL. You've bought so many wonderful things since I was here last (have worked this weekend!). The sledge was great. Would love to have one here too.
Hope you're having a good Monday.
Love Elzie

MyUtopia said...

I love the pink-ish purple onees on the bottom. I love spring clean-up days, when you can unload all your crap on the city.

Greenie Gardens said...

Beautiful photographs. My garden is going to sleep so it's nice to see something is bloom!

Laurie & Chris said...

You guys sure have been busy! Trying to get caught up on everyone in blog land I am a bit behind we have a lot going on. I just wanted you to know I stopped by.Your flower pictures are very pretty!