Friday, October 21, 2011

Oh October...

I think the month of October is much too short.
Don't you think so too?
A month this beautiful should be at least 40 days long!!! 

and I don't think that would even be long enough!

It has been so beautiful here. 
The weather has been perfect for a 'perfect' Autumn.
We've had both rainy and mild.

I have been cutting a lot of the hydrangeas in their many different and varying 
colors over the past few days.

The hydrangeas in this post are Limelight, a variety hardy to the zone I live in. 

 The changes in the garden have been so enjoyable to watch. 

Every morning the change is dramatic.

I have been working so hard getting things transplanted and winterized.
Every day I'm out cutting back foliage, weeding and dividing perennials.

I have a small garden so I am able to manage it by myself without help. 
It consists of one very large bed, with several smaller beds around the property.

I wish the entire property was in garden, but Dale thinks I have plenty to keep me busy.
(especially since he had to do a lot of it himself this year)

I would do without the large lawn area we have and plant it all in flowers and shrubs 
if I had my way.

I am making the most of the area I have by planning more garden structures for Dale to build.
He is always so much help and always willing to build what I think will work in the space.

He retired this Spring from law enforcement and I am enjoying having him home more.
He is loving spending more time with the horses. 

I dream of having a garden like Carolyn's at Aiken House & Gardens  but I will be content 
going to her beautiful blog 
viewing all of her amazing beds and beautiful garden rooms.
Did you know that she and her husband do all the work themselves too? And her garden is huge!

But, like I said, my own garden is very small and I have a lot crammed into it, so it does 
entail a bit of work three seasons of the year. 
It's the best kind of work!

 My Centurion crab apple trees in the back yard are starting to change color
and before the leaves fall, they will be gorgeous.
I look forward to this every year.

I will be raking leaves soon, but I can't get too anxious or I will be raking them twice. 

And just around the corner of the house it still looks like Summer.

This is the south side of the house and it has it's own little micro-climate.

The roses and sweet peas are still blooming like they were blooming a month ago.

I cut a little bouquet almost daily.

Sweet peas really are a remarkable little flower.
Lovely form and lovely fragrance.

I am still harvesting lavender and getting plenty for the sachets I will make this Winter.
It's tedious work getting it off the stem, but I just pop in a movie and work away.

For now, I still have many things on my to-do list to do before the snow comes.

I am going to start lobbying to make October at least ten days longer.


Pondside said...

I'll sign the 'Make October forty days' petition too! I love this month. Like you, I still have a few roses blooming and they are a lovely surprise.
How lovely to have your husband at home - I can't wait until I no longer work and can be home with TGD full time. You have a perfect match - you plan and your husband builds - couldn't be better!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi June, I don't remember when we had a fall with so many wonderful sunny days like this year. It certainly makes it up for a summer with more rain than sunshine. November is my least favorite month, so I wouldn't mind if October would last 61 days and we just skip November :-).
It's wonderful that you still have roses and sweet peas blooming. I love you dried hydrangeas too though.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your fall garden :-)!
Big hugs to you,

Riet said...

Good morning dear June, well at least it is morning here. Your garden is still blooming, that is geat and it still looks fantastic too. THe photo's you make are always gorgeous. You say you have a small garden but it looks enormous to me so you must do something with the photo's to enlarge it. :)))))
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs from Riet

Ann Marie said...

I feel like we need to have lunch or something... just so I can catch up with you! Here it is October.. and the whole Spring and Summer came and went.. and I was mourning and busy too much to read any blogs.

I have missed you.. and I wish to sit with you and hear about your summer. * I wish!*

LOVELY-CHARMING and BEAUTIFUL pictures as always my friend.

Thank you for your friendship. It has meant a great deal to me in these last months.

My Shabby Roses said...

Your property is just wonderful June! I love the crab apple tree, the pops of red in the photo is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U=L! It would be so nice to have flowers still blooming! I think my roses have stopped so I'll be making trips to the market to buy bouquets.
Have a wonderful week-end my friend!

Felicity said...

I was stunned to read that you have a small garden as it yields so many blooms. Clever you.

I loved your notion of not worrying about the raking as you'd be doing it twice, what a sage lesson for us all.

Enjoy all the gifts that your garden shares with you this weekend,

Waving from over the seas.

Rozmeen said...

WOW June...your hydrangeas are stunning and they dried so beautiful!!

wishing you a lovely weekend.
xoxox Rozmeen

Scented Sweetpeas said...

I dream of having a garden like yours full of treasures!

Boxwood Cottage said...

I'm lobbying with you for an at least 10 days longer October June, as Julia already said, our Summer was rather wet and since October it's sunny almost daily. You have the most beautiful garden dear June at every season! Just had to pin some of your pictures to my inspiration boards on Pinterest! I always thought your garden must be huge from your pictures and now I'm stunned reading that it is actually a small garden. Well not as small as mine is I'm sure. You are lucky to have your hubby home and help you with the landscaping and all! I'm like you trying to have a great variety of flowers and plants on my small garden plot and I think you're right, it is a lot of work, but so rewarding!
Btw I have a little surprise waiting especially for YOU at the end of my last blog post ;-)
Hugs from one Gardener to another!
xoxo~ Carola

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hi June ... you are very right, October is a beautiful monthe... I love its weather too, not very cold not even hot a mild pleasant feeling over all... And the blooms are also in between... beautiful remains of flowers ... last views before winter... its over all lovely... And your flowers and garden are really something very inspiring... beauty and sweetness both of them... Thanks for sharin some very beautiful colours ...
And yes June Little Women is one of my favourite... I read it many times and every time enjoyed more...
Glad to see you at
with love from

Draffin Bears said...

Hi June,

I can't believe how incredibly fast this year has gone and yes, 40 days in October would be great.
I love all your pretty flowers, the sweet peas, hydrangeas, roses and lavender, they are all so beautiful.
Do hope that you are enjoying the weekend and all the gorgeous flowers you have blooming still.


Alaina said...

June your gardens are always so beautiful. I just love how, from the pictures it looks like a secrete garden in certain spots. You have to turn a corner to see another of your smaller gardens. Between extra hours at work and the non stop rain, I am not sure if I will get all of my fall work done. I must say what I do love about this season is the continuous blooms that are coming from my roses. Have a wonderful week.

Jacqueline said...

Sign me up!
October here is darker, more burnt sienna and umber...but beautiful non-the-less.
Your photographs are breathtaking.

sissie said...

June it must be true what they say about getting older. I heard that the older we get the faster time goes! LOL! Anyway it seems like yesterday that I was looking at photos of your summer garden. Your home and gardens are always a delight to the eyes and your photography is amazing.
You have created beautiful surroundings and I'm so glad that you share it with all of us.

hugs and happy fall.


Denise said...

Oh June.......pure heaven again!!! You have so much still blooming. Your hudrangea are fabulous and those sweet peas!!! Sigh......I can smell them from here....thanks for the loveliness this morning!

cityfarmer said...

you've taken the words right out of my mouth!!

until a week ago we were in the 70's here in the midwest ...most enjoyable!

now we're running the furnace ... blech

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious June,

Like us, your October is more green and faded colors than BRIGHT ORANGES AND REDS than we are used to! I think warmer temps have kept us from really seeing the fall colors this year, but nonetheless, every season has brought with it the joy of anticipation!!!!


Lara said...

Hello from the Chicago Western country suburbs! I am having my early morning French roast coffee right now.. looking out at the golden prairie through my loft/office window.

I love Carolyn's blog, too - it's like having a nice cup of tea and looking through a great garden magazine. :-) Oh my and these photos are just gorgeous, June!! So so pretty! Your garden is so inspiring. I'm definitely going to add limelight here. That first horizontal of the hydrangea in the bowl - wow! Hope your weekend is great!
With Love,

erin said...

your gardens are so spectacular and all of your lovely flowers so healthy and abundunt...i just assumed your gardens were huge! it is such a surprise to discover they are "small". i just love the sweet peas too especially their cute tendrils. i wish october was longer too.......

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Your autumn garden looks magnificent!! And your pictures of the sweet peas are so so beautiful and serene.



Victorian1885 said...

Good morning Dear June
I too was shocked to hear you say you have a small garden.. It seems huge compared to the one we had last year. I love the beauty of the garden and Spring with all of the new growth and lovely blooms but I must say I never really liked all of the work involved in upkeep.
I love visiting my two favourite Blogs to get my garden fix. Yours & Carolyn's in PEI as you mentioned. I am not sure where you two find the time to create such beauty in your gardens & your homes.. but thank you as I can't help but smile when I visit both of you.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your time with Dale as he enjoys retirement!

Katherine said...

If extending October means that you will share even more of the beauty from your garden, I am all for it.

Junebug said...

I'm so into extending October with just a tiny less rain. This month has flown by and I still have so much yard work to do. I'm going to keep my figures crossed that the first part of Nov. is mild. I had to have 6 trees cut down because of pine beetles so no raking of needles. I won't miss that but I sure do miss my big trees. Don't worry I still have a maple and purple plum to provide many leaves to rake. I love all your pictures and especially those little sweet peas. Have a great week out in the yard and planning for next year! Hugs Junebug

Zuzu said...

Gorgeous gor-geous-ness!

At our big home in the city, our backyard was nothing but walkways and garden beds. I'm sure the neighbors thought we were completely nuts when we brought in so much gravel, but it came out English-garden-beautiful and there wasn't a lawn to mow! :)

Enjoy this wonderful fall and don't work too hard, June!


Debby said...

Beautiful pictures. I wish I liked to garden. The deer eat everything I have attempted to plant. I do enjoy seeing others. I am glad that October has had so many Fridays this is too short. I love this month. Pumpkins, fall colors, my birthday. crisp days and nights.

Poetry and Wild Roses said...

I agree with you! October is so very lovely; I want to savor and cherish it's beauty,and make it last longer!
Your pictures and blog are so very lovely. Your garden is beautiful and inspiring.

flowersandhome said...

What a beautiful garden you have. Thanks for sharing it with us. Your posts are always bringing peace, tranquility and serenity into my days. Really; they are like an escape from this busy, hectic world, just like your romantic garden is I guess. Your garden doesn't seem like a small garden to me and over here it would not be considered a small garden at all but I guess that's because I'm on the other side of the world where we're all packed together more than where you live. I love the hydrangeas and what a treat to still have sweetpeas blooming now. Love the colour of the sweetpeas you're showing here. And I'm with you, October is always too short! Also, I would love to just remove our lawn and have more flowers and shrubs and the possibility of one of those crabappletrees you're showing us, love those little red apples on them and I bet the tree flowers pretty in the Spring. But my husband loves it just as it is and I'm not strong enough to do it myself. Guess I'll just have to keep on pleading to him and maybe some day...

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Happy Saturday to You, June... Your garden photos are always the Best~ I can't believe you say it is a small garden, it looks expansive from the photos~ I don't have any area to garden, since I live in an upper flat & no claim to yardage ~ so, I really EnJoy your Bounty! Thank you kindly for the B-Day wishes, I can hardly believe I am 1/2 way thru the 50's, seems like yesterday I was 30... one nice thing is the Senior discount at the Friday night movie & 25% off at Salvation Army Thrift store on Wednesdays.... The Joy of Simple things! Have a Bountiful & Blessed Day

{oc cottage} said...

Oh, I think you garden is my kind of dreamy!!! It's like Narnia! ;}

m ^..^

{oc cottage} said... "can you feel the pins" a compliment? ;}

jill said...

Hi June,your garden is beautiful sweet peas so pretty,your posts are always so lovely.Look forward to the next one.Love Jill xx

time worn interiors said...

I can't imagine anyones garden being better than yours! I could get lost in your garden for hours! Always a pleasure seeing pictures of it!

NanaDiana said...

June-This is such a beautiful post. I love your gardens. I have been working since we moved into this house and have never really developed the garden area. Next Spring I am on I will be cutting way back in my work schedule!

I love your pictures and I am happy that your hubby is there to help you! xo Diana

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi June, oooh, I wish October was longer too... May and October are my most favorite months of all... and I wish they would both linger... like you, I feel like I missed a good part of Summer this year because of my surgery, and I want it to last a while longer... your garden is still so pretty... it looks sooo large in your photos on your blog, yet you say it is small... mine is definitely smaller than yours, I wish I had a larger one too... but it takes alot to maintain even the size it is... I am not complaining... I love it too!... can't believe how gorgeous your sweet peas still are!... and congratulations to Dale for retiring earlier this year!... he will always be a cop, just like Jack though... it never leaves them, which is okay too... I am excited you are coming to Utah... I sent you an email... enjoy your blissful Autumn weather... xoxo Julie Marie

Custom Comforts said...

Your photos are always so beautiful, gentle and charming. You have a gift for capturing the essence and beauty of nature through the eyes of a camera. I'm so glad you share it with us.

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
It is so nice for you and Dale both to have more time to enjoy all the beauty around you.
I smiled at the small garden comment as your garden looks pretty big to me and I smiled even more when I saw my name pop up!Thank you for the sweet comment and the link.
We are enjoying that same great weather and doing our garden cleanup here as well.
Nice to see the beauty you still have in your garden even now.

Take care,

Heaven's Walk said...

I agree with you 100%, June! Let's make Sept AND Oct 40 days and do away with Jan and Feb? lol! Your garden is certainly in the same ballpark as Carolyns, girl! It's just beautiful! I've been blowing those pesky leaves for a month now here in MI. They're just about done fortunately. :) All of my outside duties were completed during the first 2 weeks of October when we had just perfect autumn weather. However, I'm NOT looking forward to Old Man Winter's visit.....ugh!

xoxo laurie

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Honey I am with you October is way too short of a month. I am all for taking days from January and giving them to October. lol
Sweet June I never thought you had a small garden. Girlfriend I am sure your measure of small is different than mine because you have soooooo many beautiful flowers there is no way it could be small. lol
I dearly love you and your gardens so don't change anything.
Glad hubby retired and is enjoying life more and helping you too. lol
Love to you

maría cecilia said...

Dear June, I don´t have my glasses at hand so I just can see your beautiful images for now... will be back to read you soon!!!!!
Lovely and wonderful as alwyas, aaahh!!!

Elaine said...

I vote for 40 days in october..We have had some great Indiam summer weather. Your garden is so quaint and charming.. I just love it.

Georgianna said...

Hello, dear June! Brilliant idea to have 40 days in October! Especially when October is as beautiful as it is for you this year. Your sweet peas set me dreaming every time I see them. And the beauty in your garden is a testament to your wonderful design sense. Thank you for sharing all the details! hugs – g

Mary Ellen said...

Bring that petition on friend!! I agree-

I do love seeing your gardens June. Yes Carolyn has a gorgeous expanse of gardens but your is not less beautiful. Mine on the other hand..... we just got a heavy frost and suddenly everything is very very ugly!

I have had company for 3 weeks straight and am so very behind in doing much of anything- so thankful to spend time with family though!

bee blessed friend

Holly Loves Art said...

Oh I agree 100% about extending October. I just love this time of year as the nights start earlier and the temps start getting chillier. And yes, everything beautiful is in bloom here in L.A. Hope you're having a wonderful October weekend.

Jane said...

Add me to the list of those in favor of extending this beautiful autumn weather!! I could live with this weather all winter!
Your garden looks gorgeous in every season. Beautiful photos as always!!

Diane said...

I hope your husband and you both enjoy his retirement June. Your gardens are so gorgeous. I love pictures 4 and 5 - the look is enchanting. You take such lovely pictures!!! Diane

villa-rosengarten & cockerlove said...

Hej June - your garden is just a dream! I like it, because it looks a little like wild nature!
I believe, that you enjoyed so much October!
We had also a very nice month, but the last days were really frozen - and the last roses will die in a few time....:-(
Nevermind, now we will have a time with candle lights and a lot to do inside...I am enjoying each time of the year.
Hugs, Barbara

Donna said...

I sign the petition too! I would love some extra time to spend outside!
I love walking around your garden with beautiful!
I can't believe your sweet peas and roses! They are amazing! I have never seen them go so long so kudos to you my dearest!
I must admit that I even liked the birdbath full of leaves and water! I have them too but here they look forlorn...yours looks like you did it on purpose!
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
I must get back to work!
Much love and many hugs

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi again June... I sent you two emails and they both came back "undeliverable, permanent error"... I used the email address in your profile... which is the one I had... do you have a new email? xoxo Julie Marie

Dee said...

Great blog... awesome pictures.

Garter Mademoiselle said...

June, as always your photos are just STUNNING!! Love the ones of the yard and garden, showing how the change of seasons is making itself know. The birdbath filled with the fallen leaves almost made me cry, reminding me so much of the one that was in our yard at my mother's house. I could see it from my bedroom window and it always told me what the weather was, what the season was. Filled with leaves, it was autumn. The water frozen to ice, winter had arrived, and I love seeing it topped with a layer of "whipped cream" snow. Spring time and summer it was surrounded by the green shadows of the huge maple tree that it stood under. Ah, such lovely poignant memories of times gone by. The crabtree, another thing we had in the yard, and I remember well how gorgous it was, but how painful those little apples were to step on when they fell to the ground! :-) We have many of our childhood family pictures taken standing in front of that tree! thanks for all the memories today, and for yet another fabulous post!

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. ~Debby

A Cottage Muse said...

I enjoyed the beautiful photos you shared today June...and your idea of adding more days to October gets my vote! It is my birthday month so I would love a few more days to celebrate! Hee Hee...

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi June... I did get the email you sent me, but when I replied to it, and then also resent the other one, they were both sent back as "undeliverable, permanent error"... I used the email you put in yours, and still would not go... are you getting other emails? Mine is working okay elsewhere??? xoxo Julie Marie

A New England Life said...

For those of us who adore gardening, is the garden ever big enough? I know I would surely love more roses, peonies, and hydrangeas. My husband complains about having to mow around it all though. *sigh*

Everything looks beautiful! Next year I will definitely grow Sweet Peas!

koralee said...

Your garden is beautiful and I can not believe that it is the end of Oct...where did it go? Hugs to you. xoxoxo

One Shabby Old House said...

From all the beautiful pictures you take I always thought that you had more flower and garden area than you you say you do. It all appears like Eden to me. You girls and your wonderful green thumbs make this girl who only gets her thumbs dirty, green with not so much envy but dreams of the same. So thank you my friend for sharing your amazing gift. I so enjoy my visits.

Barbara said...

June, your photos just get better and better. Those two of your crab apple trees are beautiful! I adore your garden. It doesn't have to be big to be perfect. And how wonderful Dale is such a help and enjoying his retirement.

While October in Florida is not much of a change, we still notice a drop in temps and humidity. I'm in shock that it's almost November.
Thanks for introducing me to Carolyn's blog...her teacups are lovely!
Have a wonderful week!

Theresa said...

I'm gonna have to agree with you June, this month goes way too fast! Your property is beautiful in every season, i love coming here to take it all in! My friend Jill gave me a couple of branches from her crabapple tree and I have them in the dining room and of course now I want one of my very own! The colors are gorgeous! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration once again!
t. xoxoxooxo

Gwendolyn said...

Your garden is lovely! Plenty big for me... I am getting more lazy as I get older. I agree we need more days in October.
Blessings~ said...

It wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to extend October to 40 days. We are having a beautiful fall this year. I will be dead heading today. I think I'm finding that if I'd dead head more consistently, I would have move blooms.

big hug
cindy g

Cottage Garden said...

It's been the most glorious October here too June, with so much sunshine. I know your season is short over there so to see your sweetpeas continuing to bloom is fantastic!

I love all your hydrangeas and intend to plant a couple more for next year.

Congratulations to your hubby on his retirement. It must be so lovely having him around to 'help' in the garden:-)

Have a wonderful week - don't forget to rest that back now ....!


jewelsinthegarden +: ) said...

Dear June,
Did you say your garden is small? You would change your mind if you saw mine : )
I think your garden is perfect! And to steal your own words...
I will be content going to YOUR beautiful blog, viewing all of your amazing beds and beautiful garden rooms.

I am so happy to hear you get to enjoy your hubby’s company. Wish mine was retired, I’d have lots of projects for him!

Take care sweet friend!
and many blessings to you,

Debby said...


Your picturs are always so beautiful, I do envy your garden! I have to resort to market flowers when they have them. I can never get my hydranges to dry. Any tips, we are very humid in South Texas. Does that make a difference?

Love the Sweet Pea's also!


Marydon said...

Even Harold is ohhhh-ing, in your garden, June. A little garden, you say ... it appears to be massive. Are the squirrels heavy in your area? We are inundated with them this year ... haven't had this many ever ... early & cold long winter, I'll bet. Still no frost tho.

That crab apple is spectacular. I would love to be wandering lazily with you as you visit your florals ... it is like a wee spot of heaven, my friend.

Hope all is going well with your & your family.

Have a beautiful week ~
Hugs & love,

Rebecca said...

Your garden looks absolutely beautiful June and just the right size... you need some time to enjoy it you know!
I agree, October should be much longer or at least not so close to November...
Wishing you a lovely week

Fete et Fleur said...

Dear June,

Your garden is just too GORGEOUS!! Those hydrangeas in the bowl. I'm speechless. I need to see if they will grow in my area.

Big hugs!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear June,
yes, let's make October longer:)
It is always such a pleasure to come visit you and see your gorgeous garden and beautiful photos.Thank you,June.
Have a lovely week.

Yvonne said...

Dear June,
October is one of my favorite months! Let us make the month longer :-)!
Your garden is in every season a very beautiful place!

Zuzu said...

Back to wish you a very Happy Blogging & Pinterest Day, June. :) It's snowing outside, so I'm doing the same!

Sofies Haus said...

Just ONE word: BEAUTIFUL! I love October! hughs Anja

Rosie said...

Oh your garden is B E A U T I F U L no matter the season! I could wander your garden for hours with a smile on my lips. Your snappies are always breath taking...Thank you for sending me to bed with these images to ponder...sweet dreams...Rosie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My sweet JUNE!!!!!!!!! SO NICE to see you and again, your photos are incredibly stunning...I think YOU ARE THE ONE who helped me learn that I could widen my page so that my photos would have SPACE to enlarge. Now I have another question for you dearest; your sidebar pictures are nice and large too. HOW do you get them to be so large?

When you get a moment, let me know! I am still using the old template, and I prefer it that way!!!


maría cecilia said...

I don´t know what to think when you say you have a small garden, my god!!!! well, it all depends on what is big or small to you, I guess, wow!!! I would never think your garden is a small one and doing all the work by yourself is such an incredible and amazing thing to do, and now that you will have much more help from your husband I wonder what are you going to come up with!!!!!

... and, I believe that all blogland would love to have a garden as Carolyn does, including me of course, such an amazing one!!!

wishing you a very happy weekend my dear June

Jade said...

To visit you in your wonderful world is feeling like in paradise, my dearest June!!! I love all the sweet flowers around and I loooooooove to be here, but don´t leave a message every time, because my english is not so good that i can tell, what I feel ;)!!!!! Have a wonderful autumn and kisses to sweet Laughing Angel!!!

Hugs Jade

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet June...your garden is ALWAYS so lovely to matter what the season is ~ you can see the love you pour into it and the flowers you choose are always my favorites!! Thank you for posting so many photos, each and every one is breathtaking dear friend. I hope you are doing wonderful, hugs and love, Dawn

tyziana said...

I know very well your friend's blogs, Carolyne, and its garden is gorgeous. However, I feel that yours is really lovely and you have created the right spaces, although, as you say, is small. I love your hydrangea, roses are beautiful and have a show!
I am in my garden I always get the feeling the overflow, but I like even so, a little confused but with lots of nooks and crannies to discover. said...

What a delightful blog !! I half expected a little fairy to jump out of my screen from your gorgeous garden. Thankyou for sharing !