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The Last Hurrah

October 5th, 2013

The fall asters are blooming, this is the last hurrah of blooms before the snow starts to fly.  The bees are busily gleaning as much nutrition as they can for their long winter naps.
New England Asters 1
New England Asters 2
I have a good amount of this lovely plant blooming in the flowerbeds and around the edges of the woods.  It’s not the neatest or tidiest plant, but it sure is nice this time of year.
New England Asters 3
Eventually, the plants in the flowerbeds will be moved to the woodland edge, they definitely seem more at home in that location.   They will be replaced by something that isn’t quite to floppy.  The good thing is that I’ll still be able to enjoy them and so will the bees!

Do you have anything blooming in the garden? 

Predominately Purple for Brooklyn

October 27th, 2011

I was out working in the garden earlier this week and noticed that most of the things blooming in my garden happen to be purple. I’m not quite sure how or why this happened, but it’s kind of funny. Most people have lots of marigolds and mums blooming this time of year because I don’t really have any in the garden.

I’m glad all these purple flowers are blooming because purple is the color for Rett Syndrome Awareness and October is it’s month. I didn’t know what this disease was until my friend Kelly’s daughter Brooklyn was diagnosed. All month long I’ve been wearing my purple gloves and thinking about Brooklyn when I see all these lovely purple blooms in my garden!

What colors dominate your garden right now?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.