There have been some nice and not so nice things happening in my life lately. Since I'm trying not to dwell on the "not-so-nice," I'm only focusing on the "nice" today. It isn't very surprising that those are all associated with the garden since that's my "go-to" source of joy.
First, a couple of unexpected gifts came my way last week. One from my daughters music instructor, who surprised me with a pair of Fiskars gardening shears and a book:
Wasn't that so nice? I've never own any gardening shears before so it will be fun to try them out. Just slipping my hand in them, they seem very comfortable to use. The book looks great too but I haven't had time to do much more than flip thru and check out a few photos.
The next gift came compliments of a next door neighbor who was moving. Before she left, she called and asked if I'd like her fairy garden ~ I'm sure you know my answer ~ "YES!"
I've been tempted many times to give fairy gardening a try but always resisted. It seemed like something I could become totally addicted to ~ so many cool miniature pieces to collect. Now I have the perfect reason/excuse to delve in!! Thank you Dora!
I've also been lucky to catch some great fall sales. I haven't bought any plants but I have found some cool containers. This huge urn was being clearanced out so, of course, I HAD to snatch it up!
I'm either going to move my Brugmansia into it or have fun scheming up a container arrangement for next year.
Two matching black urns were found to position on either side of the yew hedges (also on clearance.) Small arborvitaes were placed inside (bought for $3.00 a piece). If they don't survive the winter, I won't be out much.
Can you tell I was thinking ahead when I assembled & placed them?? I picture them sprinkled with snow and for some reason, snow covered urns seem prettier than plain ole snow on the ground?? Forget that last sentence ~ it's too early to go there!
Back to blooms, while we still have them! The most exciting ~ Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow Wax-bells)
First year in my garden and I wasn't sure I would see any this season. You can bet I'll be watching it closely from here on out tho!
Then there's Fuchsia 'Lena Dalton' ~ one hummingbird is still zipping around the garden and at some point always ends up on her:
Too bad I can't capture a picture of them both together.
That would be really spectacular, wouldn't it?
Finally, not a bloom but beautiful just the same ~ new growth foliage from Japanese Maple 'Red Dragon' purchased this spring:
It's very small ~ only 18" tall ~ but it got off to a good start this summer. There's lots to look forward to ~ a garden is always good for that, isn't it?