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Imagechelle
Oct 14, 2010 11:46 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Ugh! I'm being lazy and whimpy today. It's breezy and chilly here and I feel like starting my winter hibernation already. I have bulbs and asters and such that need to be planted yet and more leaves to rake, but here I sit inside in the rays falling through a sunny window listening to the chipmunks rattle around under the floor beneath my feet.

Ah well, time's a-wasting....guess I'd better bundle up and get it done. When that's finished I can come back in and sort seeds. Big Grin

Thumb of 2010-10-14/chelle/2d2633
ImageSeray
Oct 16, 2010 6:36 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Pretty colors Chelle!!! I'd just sit and look all day if I had your view. Smiling
Imagechelle
Oct 16, 2010 7:06 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I look while on the go - I have a tough time keeping still. Big Grin

Now....when the snow and wind starts screaming past the windows, then I'll sit, look and rest! Smiling

How is Autumn so far in your neck of the woods?

Speaking of bulb planting - I remembered to cover my tulip bulbs with heavy screening material this year. Maybe the critters won't eat them this time.


ImageSeray
Oct 16, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Just barely Autumn here. The leaves haven't changed yet but we have 47ยบ tonight. My Amorphs are still standing and it's sooooo nice outside. Trying to catch up and clean up before it gets too chilly. The Brugs and plumerias are blooming their last blooms and it's heavenly at night. Won't be long though! Lovey dubby
Imagechelle
Oct 17, 2010 7:04 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
It sounds lovely! I think after this hot summer everyone is enjoying the cooler temperatures, even folks like me who don't like the cold.

I finally had a few blooms from my moonflower vine - so happy they did so before the frost! I covered them for the first three nights of possible frost and that gave them just enough time. Smiling

They are calling for mid-thirties either tonight or tomorrow night so that will probably be the end of them for this year.

Today I plan on getting the last of the potted plants in the ground - I keep finding more sitting around here and there!

I've never smelled a plumeria - what are they similar to if anything?
ImageSeray
Oct 17, 2010 8:44 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
They make Hawaiian leis from them. They are also called frangipani. Each is different and they smell heavenly!!!!! Strong like gardenias but much more complex.

I love the moonflower buds. Glad you were able to enjoy them. You'll have lots of seed pods now.

I still have a month for my potted plants. longer procrastination time. Rolling my eyes.
Lovey dubby

Imagechelle
Oct 17, 2010 11:29 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I had no idea they were the same as frangipani!
Years ago I was visiting my Grandparents in Florida and fell in love with it. I carried a cutting wrapped in paper towels all the way home on the plane with me! The cutting started just fine but was too light deprived to ever flower.

[....back to planting. I think I might have left a hose running somewhere...(?).. Blinking Hilarious! ]
Imagechelle
Oct 22, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
We had a heavy frost last night - Ipomeas, Impatiens, Coleus, Tomatoes, Peppers and some others are finished.

Yesterday may have been the last good day for these Zinnias as well, although the Rose blossom still looks fine.
Thumb of 2010-10-23/chelle/7c1085

This is 'Charlotte', an Austin Rose - planted this Spring in my garden.
ImageSeray
Oct 23, 2010 12:41 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Beautiful Chelle! I can't believe you had frost. Won't be long before you have ice in your lake. Lovey dubby
Imagechelle
Oct 23, 2010 7:09 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Yes, ice on the lake in about a month probably. We'd better get some good amounts of rain soon to fill it back up. We can literally wade across the middle of it right now. This morning there are about thirty geese out there honking away - looks like they're swimming around in a big mud puddle.
The leaves on the White Birch are a very pretty yellow this morning; a nice contrast to the dark limbs and the white bark. I like the yellow Snapdragons at its feet too - I'm rather surprised they bloomed there, I thought there'd be too much shade. We also have a Pin Oak in the same view as our reddish painted bridge - this morning its leaves are almost the exact same shade. Lovey dubby
mekos
Oct 31, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Chelle, did you see the picture you sent me after it was framed? I hung it in my computer room.Thumb of 2010-11-01/mekos/4d5b81
Sorry about the glare on the glass.
Imagechelle
Oct 31, 2010 7:29 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh my Mekos! You really have a flair for framing up a print! That's really eye catching. Nice job! Hurray!
Lovey dubby

mekos
Oct 31, 2010 7:50 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
The glare wasn't good but I love the picture! Big Grin
Imagechelle
Oct 31, 2010 7:58 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I have glare reducing lenses on my glasses - barely noticed it! Whistling

Now that you have that picture framed I can really see what about it caught your eye. Smiling ...........it says *Summer*, doesn't it?
mekos
Oct 31, 2010 8:02 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
It screams beauty! I love the bright colors and the way they compliment each other and just all around the beauty of the blooms.
Chelle, you just know HOW to catch the real FEEL of the blooms all together. You did a great job on it.
Imagechelle
Nov 1, 2010 7:15 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thank you so much. Smiling

We have a fairly heavy frost again this morning. From my viewpoint in the computer room the leaves of the lamb's ears are all shimmery and light - pretty! Most of the colors in my gardens are gone, but there are still a few rose blooms and a dwindling number of leaves on my burning bush. I have a couple of dark red mums, and a yellow still looking good on this side of the house. On the other side I have a few more mums, some late asters and monkshood, and a bed of petunias and snapdragons. The ornamental kale is coloring up - I'm so glad I finally tried some of those this year, very pretty!

Mekos,
I amended the bed where those yarrow and beebalm are, and replanted it. I'm planning on adding some blue cornflowers or bachelor's buttons - it would be kind of neat to see them all in bloom at once, wouldn't it? I had thought about adding some blue bearded iris, but their bloom time is early and done.
mekos
Nov 1, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
What would be good to plant that would grow in my fall/winter and show colors to the gardens? Any ideas? Would flowers designed for zones 3-5 maybe do well here in the winter?

Oh just started the unscramble game in my Amorph. cubit for the big books if ya want to come join in.
http://cubits.org/amorphophallus/thread/view/39819/
Imagechelle
Nov 1, 2010 11:01 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I've got two-thirds of the words unscrambled, now I need to give my eyes a break. Big Grin

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Cosmos bloom according to shortened day-length I believe, they might get you further into fall.

I have pansies that bloom all winter long some years. (I'm listing as I think here ;-)

What about hellebores? I've never had any myself, I think they'd try to bloom when it's too cold for them here.

Lemme think on it some more - here we have 4 color choices only all winter long - green = evergreens, brown = tree trunks and dead stuff, shades of gray = sky, and white = snow! Hilarious!

mekos
Nov 1, 2010 11:17 AM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
I have a couple Hellebores- I like those. I guess I'll have to watch the stores and see what blooms this fall/winter. I never really thought about it before, but wondered if there was something I could add to the garden for winter colors. I have stuff that will start again in Feb. and March, but just thinking out loud. Big Grin
Imagechelle
Nov 1, 2010 11:53 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I have some colored solar lights - that's about it! Hilarious! Some are in a dogwood tree and some are stuck in the flowerbeds just to remind me that they are still there - just sleeping. Smiling

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