Archive for December, 2009

Soggy Hole in the Ground

December 31, 2009
Hole in the ground

Hole in the ground, ready for bulbs

I had this hole dug one foot deep for bulbs.  I covered it, but there was so much wind the covers blew off.  We have had so much rain and snow that it filled with water which I bailed out this morning — right before it rained again.   Next week is supposed to be sunny so hopefully it will soon be dry enough to plant bulbs.

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Passion Vine Invading Oak

December 27, 2009

Passion flower vine in oak

I realized some vines had spread up from their arbor into the oak tree, but I didn’t realize the extent to which they had grown until the oak had shed all its leaves.  All greenery in this photo is passion vine.  Temps in the 20s are expected in the coming weeks.  If the vine isn’t killed by the freeze, I will have to pull it down so it doesn’t threaten the oak.

Elsie in the Snow

December 25, 2009

Elsie in the snow with collected leaves

It’s rare for Elsie to be still enough for a photo opportunity, so please forgive the poor lighting.  Elsie was out in the snow Christmas Day investigating the leaves I have collected for use in the Labyrinth Garden.  She is standing in the outside ring of the labyrinth; the leaves are temporarily piled up just beyond the labyrinth.

Gone to Seed

December 13, 2009
Cosmos gone to seed

I love the way cosmos look when they have gone to seed.  The flower first wilts and closes up tight.  Then bursts open into this star of potential life in anticipation of next spring!  It’s a Star of Hope, how appropriate for the season.

SNOW! FALL COLOR! NEW ARBOR! What a great day.

December 2, 2009

First snow of 2009

The photo is a bit dark, but it’s snowing!  The tree in the back is covered in maroon leaves, the front tree has gold leaves!  I put up the arbor over Thanksgiving.  Instructions said it would take 30 minutes and it took 3 days, but it frames the Labyrinth Garden so nicely.