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Photohunt: Juicy

The hunt today is on the theme “Juicy.”

I thought about this theme all week.  I expect we will be seeing lots of fruit, especially luscious ripe fruit.   I’m inclined to join in on that.   We produce juicy grapes every year now, in our vineyard.

We put them through our stemmer/crusher, and they prove their juiciness.

Here you can see them in all their glory, in the fermenting container, right before we pitched the yeast and began the fermentation process.

They make a fabulous jelly, too.

But there is another connotation of “juicyness” that attracts me for this theme.  The second definition in Webster for “juicy” is “Interesting, racy, or titillating.”   I aspire to being a juicy older woman, and I have lots of friends who fit that bill.   They are interesting, they are involved in relationships where they titillate their partner and are titillated by them, they are not above a certain raciness.   I’d like to think that I also fit that description.   And so, a selection of my juicy friends.

We’re all well over fifty.   And we are juicy — men too!

Have fun visiting other photohunters.

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Once again Garden Bloggers Bloom Day has rolled around.   Hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, this is the day when gardeners from all over the world share with each other what happens to be in bloom in their gardens.

While things have slowed down considerably, there is still quite a bit going on at The Havens.  There are little spots that are sheltered, there are very hardy bloomers still hanging on in spite of three mornings in a row with frost on the ground and a hard freeze a couple of weeks ago.

The sheltered include one lone optimistic Purple Hyacinth Bean. . .

. . . a couple of clematis . . .

. . . the salad greens in the cold frames and the swiss chard.

The hardy optimists are the bed of garlic . . .

. . . the Knockout Rose, which truly is on its last legs. . .

. . . several different dianthus . . .

. . . Mexican hat . . .

. . . the one chrysanthemum that I have not managed to kill . . .

. . . some pink yarrow . . .

. . . and the last of the fall blooming crocuses.

There are a couple of black eyed susans still persevering, hugging the warmth of the ground, and the miniature rose in front is also still pretending that it is rose season.

But by and large, the bloom season seems to be done for this year.   Right now we are harvesting the leaves from The Havens, the rental property that The Havens owns and the neighbors across the street who never do anything to their lawn but mow it.

Soon it will be truly winter, and I imagine at that time I will discover that I need new long winter underwear, just like I discovered that I need new outer wear earlier this year.   I hate shopping.

The winter birds are here.   We have a full complement of titmice and chickadees, a large flock of juncos, lots of carolina wrens, sparrows and finches, a group of cardinals, blue jays, red winged black birds, downy wood peckers, rose bellied wood peckers and hairy wood peckers.  There are still robins hanging around.  The other night an owl had a young dove for dinner.  I also was pleased to note a nuthatch hunting on the elms yesterday.   The yard sounds very busy when you walk around it.

Well, I must go off to walk Miss Ruby.   Stop around to visit some of the other participants in GBBD here.

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Photohunt: Dark

Today the theme for photohunt is “Dark.”   The other players can be found at TNChick’s site.

I had a challenge with this one, as most pictures I take of or in the dark don’t turn out well.   I thought about how we feel when we see a big dark cloud like this forming in the west.

You are always happy to see the chance of rain forming, but a cloud like that often contains hail, high winds or a tornado.

One night I caught a pair of spiders courting.   Most of the shots I got of this activity were out of focus as the camera was having a difficult time deciding what in the world I was pointing it at.

Contrary to popular myth, she did not kill and eat him, he successfully completed his mission and escaped back to the edge of the web.

I love bonfires, and they always look best at night, after dark.

I like to sit in my living room late at night, in the dark, and watch the gases burn in my airtight fireplace insert.

No picture I have does this vision justice.   The burning gases flicker in all the hot colors, from yellow through orange and into purple,  floating and dancing like northern lights in miniature, an elemental force contained within a steel box in my living room.

So glad you stopped by to visit.

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PhotoHunt

Today’s Photohunt subject is “orange.”

Wow.   This is a broad subject, and I found myself absolutely inundated with images that showed orange.    So why limit myself to only one?

Here’s a pair of iris images, one of them is a completely orange variety that charmed me when I saw it growing in the field and still does in my garden.  The other features an orange “beard.”

A post on orange would not be complete without at least one oriental poppy.

The torch tithonia is a brilliant red-orange.   It attracts bees, and butterflies too.

This time of year the woods are providing me with many shades of orange.   I took this shot yesterday.   In a week, this color will all be gone.  In fact, it may be mostly gone today; we had a big wind last night.

I’ll close with a very orange sunset that included a sun pillar.

Love orange?   Get on over to TNChick’s site and follow the links there to see lots of other orange imagery.

 

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This is a Thymus microphyllus that lives in my garden.  Definitely on the miniature side, the pebbles in this photo are around 4mm in diameter.

For other Photohunters, go here.

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I have been missing from the ranks of the garden bloggers posting on Bloom Day, which “traditionally” has been the 15th of the month.  In August everything was so dry and barren that I really couldn’t drum up the enthusiasm for it, and in September I was involved with visiting with my best friend who was home for a few weeks from Costa Rica, where she and her husband moved to last year.   It was quite interesting to note just exactly how many people didn’t notice I was missing. Well, I’m back for October, with plenty of news to impart.

First of all, the vegetable garden.   Operations have wound down pretty much for the year, although things never quite are “done” for good at The Havens.   I harvested my corn patch a while ago and dried the kernels.   I got this shot while I was taking the corn off the cobs.  The Hopi corn produced the best, with long full cobs and almost no insect damage.   I have 17 pounds of corn for corn meal from this patch of five rows.

While the big summer crops are done and cleared away, the winter veggies have been planted.   In the foreground of this shot are the remains of the chard, which will keep producing until a hard frost kills it.   The evening before the first frost we will harvest this and put it up in the freezer, just like we do every year.  Behind it you can see the seedling lettuces, mesclun and stir fry mix that will be in the cold frames providing us salad all winter.

The bed to the left of this chard patch has been planted with garlic.   It’s not in the picture, as the garlic is not up yet and a bed of nice dirt is not that interesting a picture.    To the right of the chard is the melon trellis, which shocked me by becoming reinvigorated and producing some more melons after the flood in July.   We actually had one for dinner two nights ago.   Next to the melon trellis is the torch tithonia plant, which is blooming right now.  Quite popular. . .

I’m not exactly sure why this annual flower has decided that the only place on The Havens that it will grow and thrive is the vegetable garden.   But I always allow one or two “pet tithonias” to establish themselves because the bees and butterflies really enjoy them at the end of the season when they are blooming.

The new raspberry patch that I put in this spring is doing quite nicely.   I believe that we might actually get some berries from it next year.  This summer there were only enough to snack on while out in the garden.

Just to the left of this is where the pond is.   Behind the pond is quite beautiful right now, with New England Asters blooming fit to bust with a backup band of Maximilian sunflowers.

There is a lot of activity over here too; these are just a few of the players in this field.

Out in the front  yard the celosia is blooming.   Surprisingly hard to photograph in focus because of all the hairs on the spaths, I managed to capture the morning dew on it the other day.

This is the front garden as it was yesterday.

Crocosmia are in full swing right now, but will be wilting soon.   The perovskia in front of the celosia is so happy, it made a baby.

The Stroll Garden is doing the autumn thing.   Mostly what is happening here is the Knockout rose, which is a truly fine performer, I must say.   I’m going to get one of the yellow ones next spring to accompany these neon pink ones.

The Rain Garden and the Hosta Dell are packing it up for the winter.   I fully expect to be out there today doing some badly needed deadheading.   Sorry about the hose in the shot. . .

Right now the Petite Prairie is looking quite nice, and actually making a screen for the parts of the garden behind it, just like I wanted it to.   You can see the patch of cleome peeking out from behind the grasses.

Just to the right of the prairie is the area where I put in cannas and acidanthera.  The acidanthera are bulbs I received last year for Valentine’s Day and then saved last fall.   I didn’t get them into the ground until way late this year, and I thought they would not bloom at all.  But I was wrong.

Out at the north edge of the property we have a new “plant” growing:

Getting that wood split and into the wood shed is a project for the next couple of weeks.   The big pile on the left has about 4 cords of wood in it, that is very green and scheduled to keep us warm next year.   The pile on the right is for this year, and half of it is already split and stacked under cover.

Well, that about does it for this month.   Check out the other participants in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, which as always, is generously hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

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The theme for this week’s Photohunt is “Stripes.”

Nature surrounds us with stripes of all types.  Wood grain, feather patterns, plants, and rocks are some of the sources I went to in fulfilling the assignment.

Enjoy. . .

Check out the other players here.

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