it's that time of year

it's that time of year

a middle tennessee garden blog

finding beauty in the natural things around us makes for one happy self and a lovely life. ~marmee

dash home farm, leiper's fork, tennessee

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

contrast of seasons



this time of year reminds me of new beginnings but in the reverse order.

things are getting ready to rest...dying off.
it is spectacular...september bliss.

this is the time when things are changing.
the leaves seemingly transform hues effortlessly.

berries are emerging....readying themselves to be eaten.



goldenrod is always a sure sign of autumn...the bugs are enjoying the cover it gives.


the corn stalks need to be cut.

wild grasses verses cut grass....the war of the grasses.
especially with all the rain.

flowers are dying out but left for the birds to eat the seeds.
dead sunflowers stand against a beautiful sunset like soldiers.

the zinnias are somewhat fading. still there are new blooms.



comos showed up late...

....but we love them just the same.
grasses stay up longer because it is just too wet to cut for hay. soon/maybe.
these days are cooler, less humid...

happy autumn.


Monday, September 28, 2009

ballet dancer



hot off the presses.....congratulations.....abbey...for making the
nashville ballet production of nutcracker, as one of the ....

...........................GARDEN FAIRIES!

we are completely excited around here....celebrating with streamers.

marmee

Sunday, September 27, 2009

realm of saturation

i want to fairly warn you i am on image overload and i have almost one thousand images...
....of course this is only a fraction...i am sharing with you today....i have so many posts
rattling around in my brain....i hope this one makes sense.






it is a major understatement to say we are soaked to the bone around here.
it is fair to say everything and every dog is let's say......uhmmmm........wet.....wet...wet!
beatrice is a very large wet dog.
bronte' jane is a very dark chocolate wet dog.
lylah is a smallish puppy that is also very wet.
there are some benefits to all the rain......no drought....last year we had one and lost 7 trees.
also there are outdoor lessons on rain obedience......no just kidding....but plenty of outdoor fun. ...definitely not as much mowing.
abbey is loving it....when it is not lightning.
all the dogs love it especially the big guy...buster brown.
abbey doesn't mind a little water mixed with a little dirt.....it's called mudddddd.
and it is prolific around here making it onto every one's shoes....clothes.... paws.....my floors.
lots of puddle jumping going on around here.
our dry creek bed is babbling with all the overflow.
there are hints of fall everywhere.
the osage oranges are back but so many are floating around in our front yard.
this is our driveway/moat....we are so middle ages.
my black pansy aren't showing their faces....they are too weighted down with moisture.
i am loving them anyway though. i can imagine them with sunshine on their petals.
nandina berries are tingeing red.
this morning glory needs help to stay on it's vine by leaning onto another.

*****side note*****
if you click on the photo and look closely...you can see my house in reflection
on the water droplet. i thought that was pretty cool.
the seasons are changing...colours are changing.
leaves are falling.
branches are becoming bare.

there is so much precipitation that the seeds put out for the birds are sprouting.

the birds and their houses are soaked.
with all the rain...we even had a very unusual visitor for tn....a gator..... actually this gator travels with us from house to house.
he's our mascot of sorts and is used as a stepping stone.
there are raindrops on literally all things that are outdoors.

we finally have more than a few cosmos.

there is a carpet of leaves on our very wet patio.
we are enjoying the changing of seasons and are
rejoicing in the moisture given us in september.
happy fall everyone.