Nothing has shown how balance in the garden makes the best sense than this growing season. We started off dry, with lots of sun. Then switched to damp, even waterlogged, with little sun. As a result, most things have not had the conditions they love to thrive. I’ve had many plants suffer poor blooming and many things have developed blights, fungal outbreaks, or other problems. Many weeds this year too. Too many for my tastes. Here’s what I’ve captured since the solstice. Enjoy the gallery!
As an artist I can get stuck and need inspiration or help getting out of a pattern that isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes the easiest thing for me to do is to look at photography and let it take me somewhere. Since I’ve blogged for a very long time, on multiple sites, I’ve also come up short sometimes with stock photos I could use for header graphics for posts. Here is a list of stock photo places I go to for inspiration. Most are completely free to use as you wish; a few require attribution, but I think that is a very small price to pay for free usage of someone’s art. At the very end of the list I am also including the link to the Prelinger Archives which has 6600 free use films. Enjoy exploring & using them!
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These two pieces are favorites right now. They look even better in person! If you came to the local show, you already had a chance to see them then, but for everyone else this is your first look at them. Lots of layers, impressions, stamping, and rich autumn colors. I chose a set of simple, unvarnished, natural wood frames for them. I think they compliment them without distracting from them. Enjoy!
Early October is the herald for the season of slow slumber in New Hampshire. The garden is beyond twilight and though most plants are preparing for winter, some things re-surge. The dahlias come back with a vengeance. One. Last. Hurrah.
We had great leafy vegetable crop; four kinds of lettuce and some awesome kale, which is very happy with the cold right now. We had a steady tomato crop and my peppers grew very well this year. Our pear tree is old enough to give us lots of fruit this year and they have been delicious. We had a big enough crop that we could give some to neighbors.
We’ve continued to have warmer weather for fall, though our nights are dipping as they should. It has been a little dry as well. Times of killing frost are almost upon us. I hope you enjoy the flower and plant gallery; this will be the last one for this year! Continue reading “Easygoing Early #October #Garden #Photos”
Late spring, here in New Hampshire, is when the garden is in hyper drive and its stays that way after the beginning of summer. We’ve continued to have thunderstorms and large down pours, so the plants and the flowers are larger and lasting longer than might be normal. It makes for a delicious feast for the eyes that you can really savor! Continue reading “Late #Spring #Garden #Flowers”
Mid spring, here in New Hampshire, is when the garden really starts to take off. Much more variety and texture in the garden can exist because most of our freezes, especially hard freezes, are over for the beginning of the year. The vegetation in the yard has leafed out and everything is in a dizzying dance of shape and color.
We added many more tulips to the garden last fall and I have to say that investment was worth every penny. We’ve had quite a bit of rain this year, enough to not only knock the drought in the state down, but provide enough extra rain for increased growing and bloom times. Both of the new fruit trees from last year have loved the extra rain.
I’ve planted most of our vegetables now. Several different spinach, several different types of tomatoes & peppers, three varieties of lettuce, and some kale. We also continued our potato growing, though we’ve limited it to one variety this year. All the herbs are up and spreading. They don’t really need any help from me.
I’m still working on the annuals that go into containers and baskets. I’m also a little behind on planting the flowers I grow from seed, but I’ll catch up soon. Happy gardening everyone! Enjoy the photos. Continue reading “Mid #Spring #Garden #Flowers”