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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

the last of summer's colour




These trees are probably bare now as I took this photo over a week ago on Thanksgiving weekend at the orchard.


Spirea bush

The spirea bush is beautiful with it's leaves turned to red.
I have a very small burning bush that is also red.



maple leaves barely hanging on

I took this photo on Monday in the sunshine.  There weren't many leaves left on this tree by our driveway and there are less today.


Bare trees in our yard on a rainy Tuesday.
Murray has been diligent about raking up the leaves this fall.  No mess on the lawn.  We bagged some for roadside pickup and some went on the garden.



The hosta leaves have turned brown and yellow but some still look rather pretty and others have kind of melted down to the ground in a messy pile of soggy leaves.



I can't believe these two planters by the front porch are still going strong.  Look at that Lobelia!   It has bloomed all summer long.
I planted these containers the first week in June.


The plants looked pretty small back then and have filled out a lot.


I have the feeling that our weather is going to change soon though and we'll be getting that killing frost that eventually destroys any summer plants.  It's going down to +2 C tonight and on the weekend it's going to go below freezing at night.  I'm not going to try to save these now.  I have never kept my plants going this long before as I usually dump them out on Thanksgiving weekend.  This year I will dump them on the garden plot to be tilled in.
I have enjoyed the colour for over 5 months now.  That's pretty good don't you think?


This is one colourful bird we'll be seeing around here all winter.  It was filling it's crop one day and comes by a lot along with it's friends.  (my bird feeder was red but has faded to pink!)

Thank you all for you visits and for leaving your kind comments.  
I appreciate each one of you.
I wish you a beautiful day.

The sun is shining here and it's +3 at 9:30 am.  Chilly!!

Blessings,

Pamela


40 comments:

  1. It's been a chilly past few days here as well. My hostas have finished and I have a planter under my rose of sharron bush and it still thrives. But that's fall. Rain I don't mind it's the thought of snow. Keep warm Pamela.

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  2. Again, beautiful photos. My gardens are fading too, I hope to do a post today with photos taken yesterday. I sure don't like to see the cold weather coming...

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  3. Pamela
    The red spirea is beautiful! It is so surprising how long your deck flowers have hung on, but pretty nice too.
    Our high yesterday was -2. I hope we get a warm spell before the cold settles in for good!

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  4. Yes, beautiful shots of the fall colors/leaves. Your flowers are gorgeous - mine were done with a long time ago! I have 3 Blue Jays coming for peanuts. I don't see them every year, although I think they're around and about in the countryside/woods, etc. I love seeing them.

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  5. Beautiful bird shot! And nice clean lawn considering all the leaves have fallen. Our weather is chilling down a bit, even a frost predicted. So that may end our still beautiful summer flowers.

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  6. Murray did a great clean up. We had frost here on car so winter is slowly coming. Twenty minutes away from our friends place yesterday they had sleet snow.

    I enjoyed your fall pixs and the blue jay.

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  7. Beautiful photography ~ love the blue jay at the feeder ~ always amazing how quickly the leaves go once the process starts ~ enjoy ~ ^_^ carol

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  8. Like how you've chronicled the trees and their leaves Pamela -- some of my summer planters are hanging on but it won't be long before I'm making those dumping motions too. :)

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  9. I always note that the plants by the door are doing very well...hmmm... that makes me question heat loss. Still, I am loving it and will hang onto them for dear life. The one closest the door here is a geranium that I hope to overwinter. Have you ever tried hanging on that long? ☺

    Wow. Murray has been doing a fabulous job. I'm putting the grands to work on ours tomorrow...it's a postage stamp...no big deal. My neighbor, bless him, has been keeping all the neighborhood tidy.

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  10. Wow, sounds as though it is getting very cold there. The bare trees with all the leaves gathered up look great, and so do your planters still full of colour, I hope they last a little longer for you before they are frosted. I cleared all of mine a couple of weeks ago, and I miss the spots of colour. Funny how the hostas go isn't it, some turn lovely colours, some just go brown and nasty, and some of ours are still bright green and going great. Keep warm. xx

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  11. I suppose we are due for the frost again...it's been the fog that has hung around here for over a week. And it is hard when your planters are so lovely to dump them, but like you said, it's been a good long run.

    Jen

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  12. Such lovely autumn colour. I have lots of jays in the yard this year, they love peanuts!

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  13. A real mixture of browns and gold . . . some bare . . . and the colors of the old faithful. A bit of snow here this morning . . . even so, I need to get out there and cut back and clean before the oaks completely go wild with leaf dropping! Nice post Pamela . . .

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  14. We've seen frosty roofs a couple of mornings, but no killing frost yet. But the leaves are falling quickly around here, too. How lucky to have had all that lingering summer color. I love blue lobelia.

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  15. Lovely photos ! Looks very much the same here to as well with my gardens the weather stayed nice for so long as has my flowers and plants so I am now behind on some gardens . Oh well when we get that first deep frost then I guess I will pull it all out ! . The air is chilly here to this morning it was a bit cloudy but the sun is now out and the temps are 7°C Feels like 3 with the wind chill . Yup Bluejays here are squawking and filling their beaks lol . Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

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  16. You are further ahead of us tree-wise! Our trees are just turning! What a spectacular bird!

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  17. We still have a lot of leaves on the trees, but you can see things are speeding up now and autumn is in its stride. Your planters have done very well.

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  18. The jays always find a way to get at the peanuts. With all the trees you have, the lawn is neat and tidy - Murray does a good job.
    We've had a bit of wet snow this afternoon but it's not staying on the ground.
    Judith

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  19. Beautiful last colors of summer and your planters are still looking lovely. We had a killing frost 2 nights ago and it is supposed to be below freezing all week at night and barely reaching 40 during the daytime. I guess fall has wound down here. No snow here yet but they have had it in northern MN.

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  20. The sun is off and on today but it is still a very beautiful day. My hosta have been looking like yours for about a week now. Still the wind and air are very warm. Waiting for guests to arrive for dinner, have a good evening.

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  21. We finally have sunshine burning off the fog we've had for days. It really makes for a brighter outlook for sure. That's a pretty bird...

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  22. You better bring in that first planter...with the lobelia and spike and geranium...you will have to answer to me...if you leave that out to wither!!! You must have room for one planter....please??? Pretty please??? ok...no pressure...just...it would look so beautiful still blooming at Christmas....just sayin'......
    hahaha!

    Cheers! Pam
    Linda :o)

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  23. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  24. what is that silly blue jay doing? so far away from the feeder. too funny!!

    i love the leaf blowing shots. i love fall so. beautiful. ( :

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  25. You really had beautiful color this Fall but it never lasts long. It's usually the wind that takes the leaves down in NC. We'll see soon! Enjoy your week my friend! Stay warm!

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  26. We have some windy weather and I am loving it as all our fallen leaves are blowing down the road onto the park (someone else's job to clean up!). Have a wonderful week. xx

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  27. I always like pictures of blue jays...such a nice blue color! It's amazing to have blooms in the pots this late. We also have some color left in ours, but I think this next day or 2 will be the end of it.

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  28. That is one pretty bird.
    Merle...........

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  29. Looking at your rainy picture gave me a funny feeling. That is usually where we are at this time of the year. However the sun keeps shining each day and today was up to 20 degrees. I can't remember the last day we had rain. However we are enjoying every minute of it. Enjoyed your post.

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  30. Your planters have done a great job of hanging on this long. Your trees may be bare, but the spirea is really showing its vibrant colour.

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  31. We had snow on the deck, thankfully it melted when the sun came out!

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  32. Lovely last shots of autumn's colour and the change to (what I call) the drab season. That shot of the bare trees and wet (although still nice and green) yard looks a little depressing - a time of year, until a good snow covers it up, that I don't much care for. Still, we can't complain - fall has been brilliant and extended. Our flowers similarly stayed at their finest until we headed south (earlier this week). I hadn't the heart to throw out the bushy, full-bloom geraniums so planted them in the veggie garden.

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  33. I'm sad to see the fall leaves disappear. I have some raking to do in our yard, but am still waiting for the last of them to fall. Your place looks so neat with all the leaves collected. Have a great week end!

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  34. Your yard looks neat. The picture of the bird going to take it's food is simply superb.

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  35. Pamela, what vibrant images of your last blooms and garden! I can't believe how much your planter petals have grown! I can feel those dry and withered maple leaves clutching to the branch, the wind trying to tear them away!

    Enjoy your still warm temps!

    Poppy

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  36. I love the bird shot. Is it a blue bird or jay???

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  37. Your area is getting ready for winter now! Thank you for sharing the latest scenes.

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  38. We still have so much green. I hope our color comes in like this. Beautiful!

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  39. We're still waiting on most of the color. Isn't it a little sad when it goes?

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