Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fall Garden Photo Shoot

I love mums in the fall. Especially now that I'm so excited about making a mumkin. I know, I know. I can't stop talking about the blasted mumkin. It's Suzanne's fault. I'll try not to talk about mumkins anymore. But I'm not making any promises. Aren't they cheerful? The colors are so gorgeous. A fall palette in a pot.
I planted this lantana because it was orange
and I've got pumpkins on the brain.
Does anyone else adore succulents like I do?
Sturdy, juicy little munchkins.
This one is stretching up to say hello.
And this one is just staring at you,
waiting for you to notice its perfect symmetry.
Evening primrose is a delight in the garden.
But you better like it because it pops up everywhere.
I won't say the W word about this flower because
I respect it too much. But you know what I speak of.
Twins, near and dear to my heart.
I can't stop. It's beauty is like a siren song,
luring my camera lens back,
and then back again.
Ah, yes. Our faithful garden friend.
Always standing guard.
He needs a name.
What should his name be?
More of nature's perfect symmetry seen
in the leaves of a Mexican bird of paradise.
Miniature yellow roses. Don't they look
romantic and cottage-y?
Even the spent ones are delightfully shabby.
What an exquisite specimen, each petal perfectly curled.
My hydrangeas are on their way out, but isn't the faded
color just singing 'autumn'?
A touch of pink on antique white--a treasure to
this corner of the garden.
These purple bell peppers look tasty.
I am fighting the urge to wipe my finger across
my computer screen to erase those water spots
off the skin of the pepper.
How dare they mar her eggplant-y shine?
A Bacopa bloom. So simple and sweet.
GASP! My favorite in the garden right now:
Portulaca.
This pale orange one is like a dreamsicle.
I love it!
A dreamy yellow one with a splash of daring red.
That is the end of the garden tour my dears.
And now, just to prove that cooking is still
alive and well in this kitchen,
here's Bug, demonstrating that
colorful, pint-sized rolling pins
are way more fun than big boring
adult-sized wooden ones.
"Oh what's that I see?
A sewing machine in the background?
You wouldn't happen to be working on
matching aprons for the family,
now would you Elle?"
Why yes! Yes I am!
I'm making such good progress!
I'm on track to finish them
around the year 2015! Yay!
Ugh.

42 comments:

CottageGirl said...

Not only are you a genius in the kitchen and with the children, you are one terrific gardener! (I'll hold my opinion about seamstress after I see the aprons! ;->
But my guess is is that you are also very talented at sewing!!!!)

I wish I was a little girl again so that I could use one of those rolling pins!!!!! Bug looks adorable!

Debbie said...

Beautiful pictures my friend!

Caryn said...

I have mini yellow roses too - they always make me smile! Your pix are absolutely beautiful!

on a side note...last year Lyv made a mumkin in Girl Scouts and I am a HUGE fan! Maybe we can start a club...a sad, sick club but whatev!

Yelena R. said...

Beautiful photos! Your garden is lovely :)

Dustjacket Attic said...

I loved your flower pictures and the bunny is so sweet (so is Bug of course).

re comment Me to honey, me too :)
xoxo

Heart2Heart said...

Elle,

Oh how I envy your garden! We could never grow such beauties as those that have blessed your garden! Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful pictures and letting us experience them.

Bug, too cute for words, as always!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Matching aprons?? Sounds beautiful! Can't wait to see them!

As for your garden, simply beautiful! I also love, love, love mums!!! And I love that link you posted! I may try one for our Thanksgiving table this year. I usually just core the pumpkin and use it as my vase with flowers. This will be a nice change! Enjoy your day!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Lovely pictures! My hydrangeas look like yours now... I do love the faded vintage-y look of them. Must see pictures of Aprons ASAP! I need sewing inspiration!! -Tammy

karey m. said...

succulants speak to me...and so close up! whee!

just spent an enjoyable while on your site...

{and you REALLY want her to walk soon? brave brave brave. i love when they sit still!}

Muthering Heights said...

Wow!! Your garden is incredible!!!

Dandy said...

You have quite the green thumb!!

I love the fading hydrangea and you have flowers I have never seen before.

I actually squealed when you said matching aprons.. can you get any cuter?

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Hurry up and get those aprons finished, I'm anxiously waiting!

The flowers are all gorgeous! I love gardening so taking a walk through your garden was special.

Have you ever smelled the scent of a freesia? Those are wonderfully good!

Salitype said...

yes, the colors of autumn! magnificent, isn't it?

i got so excited i saw a succulent jade plant. i love it, actually most of my plants now are jade as they are easy to look after!

thanks for a lovely post!

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, how I wish I have a garden. Yours is beautiful!

I've never seen a purple bell pepper before, wow!

I thought I was already following you... but I didn't see my photo on your list, so I added myself again. :)

Lisa said...

so beautiful! Just like you!

monica said...

What a beuatiful garden! Wow you are one talented person! I hope someday that I can have a garden just half as beautiful as yours.

Thanks for your comment on my potty training delimia. Cody doesn't care that thier is poop in his underwear, he doesn't tell me even after he has gone. Evenif I ask him Did you go poop? he will say no. I know I am stressing about it - thanks for listening!

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

my husband just planted a butt load of cream and brownish orange mums out front of our house and it looks so nice i can barely believe it's my house - he is a landscaper but he rarely works at home! HA!

Jana said...

love those beautiful flowers, I am so excited for autumn!!! I gotta find out about those mumkins, cant wait to see your aprons!!! I have been spreading the word about your awesome bibs...everyone just blinks and says "well make them for me then" to which I decree....the movers took my sewing machine...dang. OOO and another word I dont like...kosher...gag it totally bugs me...I think we both may have a word obsession...oh and morsel...blech...seriously why?

curegirl0421 said...

Such pretty flowers! I wish I could grow things without killing them.

Alas.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh I want to see the Mumkin!

also, I have done matching aprons too!! I just love your blog and your sweet fun comments and posts!

Blessings, new buddy,
LMM

Alicia said...

The flowers are so pretty!

And your daughter is precious!!

golonghorns said...

Okay, now I need a mumkin. Dying from cuteness overload. Out wedding was in November and I loved having mums and daisys mixed in with my roses. Love your beautiful garden pics. Keep sewing it will get easier and is worth the effort!

cherie said...

your pictures are very cheerful, and give my heart real delight. please pray for my country and indonesia and vietnam and samoa. this is a really bad time for them. thank you much, elle.

COUNTRY MOM said...
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COUNTRY MOM said...

Elle, I really enjoyed all your pics. They are great. Her stone was big, I am so glad they have gotten it out. Thanks for writing me. Have a great weekend. Blessings,

Jackie said...

Great pictures...your garden looks beautiful. Love the pepper and the Hydrangea!

Have a great weekend.

Jackie

Susan said...

Gorgeous blooms! I love portulaca also. My mom used to plant it in an old enameled wash basin and my MIL does the same. It's amazing to me how so many colors can come from it! Bacopa is one of my favorites too!

Oh, I need to make aprons for my grands! Good project for this fall!

leigh said...

There is an award waiting for you over at Leigh vs Laundry.

XO
Leigh

Rural Revival said...

Just beautiful! I really like the orange this time of year. You should show off your green thumb more often!!
Be well! ~Andrea~

Catherine Anne said...

Love it here!

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Beautiful pictures! You could frame some of those, they are so pretty.

The mini-rolling pin is a great idea. I will have to be on the lookout for two of those, my kids would be thrilled to have one each to fit their little hands.

southerninspiration said...

Hi EB, just wanted to let you know I discovered I had left a step off of the Chubby Hubby cookie recipe I posted on my blog. Oops.....if you'd like, please come back and get the corrected recipe.
Thanks....
Suzanne

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a gorgeous garden you have!
I vote Gilbert for the protector bunny. :)

Christina said...

Those are some beautiful flowers and pictures!
My kids LOVE the little rolling pins, too. You are inspiring!

Diana said...

Wow! Beautiful pictures.

Thanks for hopping over. Good luck in my giveaway!


Diana

Buckeroomama said...

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Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Your daughter is so cute!! What a precious little baker :) And your garden is fabulous!!! Love those colorful mums! I have never seen a pepper that color before!
Hugs,
Amy

Ingrid said...

Those flowers were all from YOUR garden!? They're gorgeous and I'm envious! I like flowers. I do but not all that goes along with a garden. I need to let my daughter go crazy as she loves gardening.
~ingrid

Slyde said...

some awesome pics there! :)

Stacey said...

It did my heart good looking at those pictures. They really are beautiful and remind me why it is that I love autumn so much. Now I have to go search to see what this mumkin thing is all about...

Arielle Lee Bair said...

They ARE cheerful! But all the photos are, actually. :) And aprons for the family? What a fabulous idea. My mom would totally approve. She makes aprons for all the relatives, grown children like myself (25) and even the little ones. It's a fun project and the fruits of your labor get to be enjoyed for years to come!

Momma Chae said...

Wow! I have garden envy. What a nice job you've done!