Saturday, November 28, 2009

Guest Garden Shot

Today's garden shot is from my sister's yard in Vienna, Virginia. We're visiting and what a treat to see this splash of color hopping around in the grass.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Here's the Snow that was Forecasted

We were warned yesterday that there could be up to one inch of snow by noon. A few flurries is all we saw. (I'm out of town and can't wait to get back and see the changes in my yard and gardens)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Female House Finch

A female house finch at a feeder. I hadn't filled my feeders for weeks because I considered it too hazardous for birds with a foster cat living in my yard. But the kitty has been moved to the garage for the winter with minimal outdoor time, so I filled the feeders up. I thought it might take a while for the birds to come back. It took literally only minutes.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Boise Winter Resident: Oregon Junco

These friendly, chatty Oregon dark-eyed juncos spend their winters in Boise.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Strawberry Plants Off-Season

A glimpse at the strawberry plants in the cold weather. Some of the leaves will stay green throughout the winter.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Frozen Rose

A sprinkling of snow is on this frozen rose.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Odd-Looking Leftover

I think this was a cosmos in its summer life. With the frost, rain and snow, it's morphed into something quite odd.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Naturally Dried Flowers

Naturally dried zinnia blooms in an outdoor planter.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Raking is on the To-Do List

The ornamental cherry tree shed its leaves in just two days. Since the mowing service is done for the season, we'll need to rake these up this weekend. Unless it snows, and that's a possibility. Then, we'll shovel snow, instead.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Mini Brilliance

Here's another mini still blooming in November.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Minis are Still Giving

The mini roses along the front walkway are still blooming. Their colors become more brilliant in the colder weather.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fairy Flower Blooms Late

A couple of very late-season blooms on the fairy flower in one of pots near the front door.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

How Can Tree Bark Be Interesting?

I think the bark on the river birch is interesting because it peels and has so much color variation. It even has tones of purple, if you look closely.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Barren Trees, Green Grass

Almost barren trees and, green grass. Our lawns do eventually go dormant for the winter months.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Butterfly Bush Gone to Seed

One of the butterfly bush blossom arms gone to seed.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Freeze-Dried Blaze of Glory

Looking up into one of the arbors, I spied this freeze-dried blaze of glory rose bloom.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Autumn Leaves on the Flowering Cherry

The turning leaves on the flowering cherry in the backyard. At least, we think it's an ornamental cherry tree. It's one of the mystery trees that came with the house.