9.02.2009

Notes from the Farmette

As summer draws to a close, fallen leaves are beginning to float in the pool, the dogwoods are showing a red tint and many of you are sending your little ones off to school, I thought I would do a post on the happenings around CedarHill. This past summer, to me, has been one of the most perfect, weather wise. Usually my roses wane by the time the cool and rainy Spring season is over but not this year. They have flourished all summer long, due to the low humidity and cooler than normal summer days we had. And I rarely saw a Japanese beetle. With August the humidity gods did rear their ugly heads and gave us a few days that would fog your glasses, the air was so thick. Unfortunately that was one of the days my neighbors decided to throw the annual pool party. It rained...it just didn't rain, it poured, there was the threat of a tornado....(didn't happen thank goodness). LOL...that's Bobby G. watching the pool fill up to the top with rainwater. Despite the rain, the pool party was a blast.


I think Bobby G. needs a new umbrella. I don't have any new ones but I did find the most fabulous vintage Schertz Original plaid umbrella yesterday on my weekly hunt. It's got the most fabulous warm, faded fall colors and just perfect for a display piece alone or in an Autumn vignette. You can find it here, just in time for decorating with pumpkins and corn stalks.


Usually every year I would plant my zinnia seeds across from the front yard by the Christmas shed. Last summer I wrote a post on how the deer had eaten the flower tips off of everyone one of my zinnias the morning I went out to pick my first bouquet. Wellllll this year I decided to plant them much closer to the house in hopes of deterring the deer. I planted them up under the edge of the deck where we had lost a large evergreen bush this past winter due to an ice storm. Well....I am here to tell you, those zinnias must have loved that spot because they grew to about 4 feet tall, have huge healthy looking leaves and are just gorgeous. The deer haven't touched them and the butterflies have loved them. This is also a spot where the morning glories grow like kudzu. I love how the wild purple morning glories looks so pretty next to the orange zinnias.


A sure sign Fall is approaching are the cattails along the shoreline. A few years ago we planted them next to the dock and nothing happened. Then two years later they popped up about 50 yards away. This summer they have really multiplied. The birds and animals love them and I decorate with them at Thanksgiving. Did you know all parts of the cattail are edible for humans? I didn't.

Entering contests has never been my thing but with some encouragement, I entered our county fair a few weeks ago and guess what? I won a blue ribbon in the still life photography section. I was so surprised and tickled pink. You just never know until you try. And forget about that age thing too....just "do it"!


Not all my growing endeavors did so well. This past Spring I finally found some white pumpkin seeds to plant. They are all the rage and finding the seeds was difficult. They make for some chic autumn decorating. My seeds were the Lumina variety. Because of the deer, I decided to plant them on the deck in a huge garden container. They came up and looked beautiful but every little tiny orb that developed got no bigger than a fifty cent piece and then withered up and died. The garden center said I had some kind of fungus...boohiss. However, I did get one beautiful little white pumpkin. Now I am just hoping it will last thru the Fall decorating season. And I will definitely try again next year.


Bloggers are such wonderful and thoughtful people. I mentioned in a comment that my cardinal seeds never came up. Nola over at Alamo North sent me a whole mess of them......all the way from Texas. I planted some seeds in a big pot next to the back door and some more in a big pot where the hummingbird feeder hangs on a Shepherd's Crook. Those seeds did germinate and grew to be so beautiful. The vines next to the backdoor grew up over the door, which I loved. It had such a softening effect. I had hundreds of little red trumpet flowers which added such happiness to the back and the hummingbirds adored them. I will have tons of seeds to pass on too. Thank you Nola! :)



The little Ginny Wrens or Carolina wrens are one of my favorite birds. They are such feisty little birds, out spoken and build their nest in the funniest places. They build nests with a cover and a side door. We have a pair that nested here last summer, spent the winter and raised a couple of broods this past summer up under the deck. Imagine my surprise when I went out the other day to water the impatiens that grow in an urn on the front porch. Out flew that little Momma wren. She had built a nest in the impatiens and it has tiny little newborns in it. That makes three broods that I know of. I had no idea they would start another round of babies this late in the season. Can you see the nest?


Momma made me do it! Couple of days ago I took my Mom out for the day. We started out at the local shopping center and as I was heading to the bedding department, passing thru the ladies department, there hung this saucy little dress. I looked at it, picked it up, held it up next to me, did a twirl, put it back, walked away, went back, grabbed it and put it in the cart. 'Cause Mom said I should buy it. I hadn't bought one new thing to wear this summer so why not...I thought. Bonus...it was on sale. Now to me this is the cat's meow. This Fall it will be perfect with a black jean jacket and if I have the nerve...a pair of black scuffed up cowboy boots. Only one problem....I don't own any cowboy boots. :)


It's time to close this post but summer is not closed yet.....still lots of warm days to go yet and I will relish everyone of them. And with that I leave you with a photo of Ms. Boo and her Dad on their visit to Grandmama's (that's me) in July. Ready...set....jump!!!






15 comments :

Jennifer said...

Lynn what a beautiful and peaceful tour of your place. You must love walking around and enjoying all of the beauty that you have. I have never been successful with zinnias and I love them so much! Congratulations on the first prize at the county fair! I love the fair and all of its exhibits!
I am so glad you have enjoyed a lovely summer. It is nice to see fall on the horizon though.

Have a lovely Wednesday,
Jennifer

Connie said...

Love the toenails, sugar! Hah....
xoxo,
Connie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

This summer was good to you! For me, it went past in such a hurry, I can't believe it is almost gone.

Hugs,
Penny

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

WOOOOT Blue Ribbon Gal !!! That is wonderful ! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers, I had two lonely sunflowers LOL. Next year...

I was looking at cowboy boots today, I neeeed a new pair.

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Nola @ the Alamo said...

I can see those hummingbird vines are loving it at your place! Isn't the foliage just lovely, so fern-like and soft?
Better start looking for some old cowboy boots now for that new dress...

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Good for you....buying a new dress! I saw the perfect pair of CowGirl Boots in Wimberly, TX...a fun Antique & Artsy Community. Shoulda got a picture...BTW your photography is all 'BlueRibbon' Worthy! I'm looking forward to FALL...it's been ToooooHot in Texas.

Tracey said...

Your flowers are all beautiful!!! You're lucky about the japanese beetles, they've devoured all of my roses as of late.

:) T

Calming Scents said...

such beautiful photos. Congrats on your ribbon award.

I love your yard and home. And I've been on the lookout for a leopard dress myself. The one I waited to go on sale finally did, but my size was gone!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful post Lynn, love the tour of your garden and all it's bounty. Congrats again on the blue ribbon, you are a terrific lady and the photo is tops in my book.

Gotta admit I'm jealous as every year I have planted that same seed, and in 13 years it has never emerged. I think my hummingbirds would be in love, but unless a miracle appears I have to stick with the scarlet runner bean instead.

Congrats on the pumpkin, another plant that simply doesn't work in my garden ever. I just make do with the plastic ones, pathetic but true.

Enjoy the last days of summer my friend!

Terri said...

A blue ribbon! How cool is that! I love all of your flowers...I think I have a black thumb....I seem to kill everything....

Lori said...

Lynn
What a wonderful post! The florals are fabulous. We have been having many nights in the forties and leaves are really changing, the flowers don't know what to think. Glad your roses are doing well, my are leafless but blooming, too much rain! Enjoy the last summery weeks in your gorgeous yard! Lori

cupcake studio said...

just stumbled across your blog...love your photos, especially your little white pumpkin! happy labor day!

CatHerder said...

Hi Lynn! Although i will mourn the loss of summer, i cant wait for fall..its my favorite season but it seems to go sooo fast. Love your little lumina pumpkin..i used to grow them out in the country..nothing grows well here back in the burbs except my herbs :-(....your still life is gorgeous, congrats on the ribbon!!! and btw..love love love the leopard dress :-)

Dee said...

I love this post! What a pleasure to be able to take a tour of the place. I am so excited for fall...my favorite time of year. We had a white pumpkin last year and all of my neighbors were fascinated by it. Love you lots!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Congratulations on your first place ribbon. That is a beautiful photo. All of thee photos are great, and your flowers look so pretty. The action shot of your granddaughter jumping in the pool is soooo cute! You captured her at just the right moment. And her good looking dad looks so excited. I can almost hear the laughter and squeals. laurie

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