Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Coasting into Fall

I have spent very little time in my garden the past month.  I think it's some kind of End-of-Summer-Depression.  When I look out over the yard, I feel no excitement over new plants coming up or new buds of flowers to come.  But then when I do get out in the yard and take a stroll, I see that I am so very wrong. 

Right now these plants are still blooming: Sweet Autumn Clematis, Sedum Autumn Joy, Knock Out Rose, Rose Campion, Rudbeckia, Coneflowers, Coral Bells, Daisies, Gaillardia, Coreopsis, Geranium Rozanne and Dianthus.   I obviously still have a lot to be thankful for and enjoy. 

To join the party at Bloomin Tuesday and Fertilizer Friday, here are my fall babies.

We'll start with Ms Sweet Autumn Clematis because she is just fabulous and smells heavenly:

Sedum Autumn Joy:

Knock Out Roses, Rose Campion and Rudbeckia:

Geranium Rozanne:

Coneflower, Coral Bells 'Firefly' and Rose Campion; second pic is the same with Knock Out Rose Radrazz :

I just realized how much I have missed blogging.  It forces me to slow down and really see what I have in my yard to enjoy and be thankful for.  Just like life - we get going so fast, caught up in the mad rush of work, housework, kids schedules, etc. that we forget to take a step back, slow down and truly see what is around us, focus on the present and enjoy it. 

So to finish up, a few overview pics of the overall gardens. 

Here is the corner garden in front of the house:

Overall back yard, a little blurry but it's the only one I took:

Same thing except from the back of the yard:

Garden behind pool fence.... who knew a completely unorganized, unplanned, thrown together garden turn out so pretty:

The back of pool fence, viewed from the deck:

Side pool fence and side yard garden from the deck:

And to end it all, this is where I wish I was right now..... rather than at work, in my cubicle for another 8 hours:

Take care everyone!