Last Friday I talked about the squirrels nest up high in the tree and the coming cold weather.
On Saturday we had 8″ of snow. And while a storm like that isn’t particularly ridiculous for us, it hasn’t happened in the last 8 years (perhaps more–my current garden journal only goes back that far).
More snow was possible on 2 separate occasions this week. It appears the squirrels are correct.
We’re back in West Hartford for this lovely fall tableau (and my ghostly silhouette–courtesy of the early morning photos).
Here is a better shot. The shadows are power poles this time. This is outside Treva restaurant.
And these were window boxes by their outdoor tables. Charming.
In all of the chaos in the world–hurricanes, earthquakes, mass casualty shootings–sometimes the garden can provide you with needed respite. There’s only so much one can be asked to bear.
Last Wednesday I had a lovely garden bench from a neighboring town.
This one is pondside in Elizabeth Park, a wonderful park with lots of lovely gardens in Hartford and West Hartford.
People are very creative with “garden furniture ” in my area.
Just so you didn’t think I spent my entire vacation at the library! These photos are from a nature walk we took. This was in front of a store just before the trail head.
This is the lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, or Ol’ Barney, in the state park. It is decommissioned.
And here is just one view from the walk. It was a glorious–and very warm day, in the 90s. But it was still a lovely walk!
I bought this plant in flower in February 2016. It was spectacular.
But as with any tropical plant– and my less than tropical-like home–I always wonder if I will be able to recreate the conditions it needs to re-bloom.
Happily in the case of this medinilla magnifica, I did manage to do something right. By summer, this is what the flower should look like.
Let’s hope this works!
This is the pistil/stamens combination from one of my zygocacti. I have no idea about the variety. I don’t even know where I got it.
But with some imagination, it might look like fireworks.
Up close, I even noticed that the edges of the flowers were a bit picoteed. These plants are even greater than I thought!