Great Balls Of Fire

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Now this is my kind of Autumn weather!

I was able to spend an entire day out in the garden, trying to clean up spent perennials and even got a few bulbs planted.  Sunshine has been very scarce and I had felt my mood began to darken along with the weather.  The Burning Bush is like a big cup of coffee for my soul!

 

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Playing In The Leaves

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The weather has been colder and wetter then normal!

Sunshine has been very scarce and I’m behind in the garden chores.

Mother Nature, I need a little cooperation.

 

Garden Gate

The Winter always looks so pretty in the garden and I love to grab my camera after a snowfall.  It was a busy year in the garden with most of the work and attention on the new garden pond.  This coming year we look forward to more normal garden task’s and time to sit and enjoy the garden.

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Tiger Eye Sumac

As we enter autumn in the garden, the Tiger Eye Sumac foliage becomes the  star.

I would so love to grow a Japanese Maple, but sadly it would not survive a zone 4 winter.

The Tiger Eye gives me an interesting shape in the garden and the burst of bright color at the end of the season.

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Snug As A Bug

I had the pleasure of visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine a few weeks ago.  An amazing botanical garden that was packed with beauty in every square inch.

Among my many favorites was the Digitalis ferruginea that was clearly among the Bee’s favorites too!

 

 

 

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The prettiest thing in my garden…today.

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When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.

— Minnie Aumonier

A Dovecote- DIY

Dovecotes have a fascinating history dating all the way back to Roman days. Though many have disappeared over the years, during the 17th Century England had over 26,000 dovecotes on the grounds of monasteries and manor houses. Doves at that time were considered a food source, for both the eggs and the birds themselves.

My interest in having a Dovecote in the garden came from years of reading garden books that often focused on beautiful Cottage Gardens in the South of France.  I loved the gardens often featured in the magazine Victoria.  Dovecotes were often a focal point featured in charming flower filled gardens.

Generally working on a budget and from materials that I have around here, I fashioned a farmhouse Dovecote with clay pots for the potting shed.

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You will need:

10 -4 inch clay pots

10 washers with small holes and 10 screws.

Starting at the top; center the first pot and place a washer and screw through the drainage hole in the pot. Screw securely into the siding but avoid over tightening, as this can crack the pot.

Continue adding pots making sure they are just touching each other.

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Wait for your Doves or feathered friends to find their stylish new nesting place!

I’m still waiting!