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October 20, 2017

Cool Fall Mornings and Blooms Inside and Out


I buzzed out early as the sun was rising.  It was rather cool so I didn't spend much time outside.  The limelight hydrangeas here out back are chugging along at a much slower pace than the one in our front yard.  The one out front gets a lot more sun so I have to believe that is why they are running at a different pace.  

I removed all the annuals but since this planter had two perennials I left them in there.  I have to get them in the ground this weekend.  Things will change quickly weather wise once November hits.

Out front my big limelight hydrangea is prime with rose colored blooms.  I would cut a whole pile of them and make an arrangement but I have found when I bring them indoors I seem to have a mild allergic reaction so I'll just watch them continue to change to their brown color.  They look interesting through the winter that way too.

Fall is all around and we still haven't had a frost.  Next week we are having seamless gutters installed for the first time on this house and Dan wants to wash all the eves before they come.  Most people don't bother up north here because the snow load is known to rip them off but the contractor swears these won't- so we shall see!  I do have some tulips to plant so I also need to get that done.  I hope we will be able to take time at some point and go color touring this weekend.  Once the trees are really colorful it isn't long before they drop their leaves and become bare.  

 I brought the Christmas Cactus in from the deck a couple of weeks ago.  It's gotten so huge it barely fits in this area anymore.  It's blooming like crazy so I took a couple of pictures of it. (Technically mine is actually called a Thanksgiving Cactus- I was unaware that there was more than one variety until I read up on them.  Not a true cactus but a leaf cactus.  Both the Christmas and Thanksgiving Cactus are in the Genus Schlumbergera and are native to Brazil.  Occasionally I fertilizing it with an all purpose liquid house plant fertilizer by Schultz and it seems quite happy in the window facing East.

Hard to believe it was this small when I got it in 2011

It obviously likes being outdoors during the summer.  The cooler evenings help it to prep for flowering according to what I read- but I made sure to bring it in once it started hitting in the 40's.

Fall 2015

Wishing you all a beautiful fall weekend!



13 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that plant is incredible. So pretty.

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  2. That plant is amazing. We have been having beautiful weather in NJ. In all honesty, I wish it would get a tad cooler.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy. It’s cooled off here and been raining for several days. I’m sure the cooler weather is heading your way!

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  3. I bet the leaves in the upper part of Michigan are beginning to look so pretty. We have had summer the last couple of days and into the weekend. Then I think they are saying more fall like days for us here in Illinois next week. Enjoying the beautiful weather. We all know what it coming!!!!!
    Happy Weekend.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. We are at peak on colors and now the leaves are falling like crazy!

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  4. I just love seeing your garden. It is beautiful no matter what season it is.

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  5. Your cactus is certainly happy! It looks like all the others I've seen, and I've never heard of Thanksgiving cactus. Ha! We southerners just grow the stuff anywhere it will grow and let it bloom whenever it decides! I had one that outgrew the pot, and as soon as I changed pots, it was no longer happy. The old teapot without a drainage hole was what it liked, apparently. We're due for a night next week to dip to 30 degrees (will be in the 80's today!), so I need to prep some pots, too. Thanks for the inspiration! I hope you'll share pictures of your limelight through the winter. I'd love to see it as it changes. (Sorry about your allergy issue!) Happy weekend, Liz! :-)

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    1. I read that it’s called Thanksgiving Cactus because it usually blooms around Thanksgiving and the same idea for the Christmas Cactus. I repotted mine last year and was concerned if it would react badly but it seemed to take the change very nicely. I believe next week we’re expecting some freezing temps.

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  6. Hi Liz, I always love to see what you are doing in your gardens. You always inspire me. I have been putting some plants in the shop for the winter. I try to just cut back their water and get them through the winter. Mostly moved in some ferns that aren’t hardy and some begonias. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you Judy. I would love to be able to save some plants through the winter but it’s too bitter here and no room in the house for them. I hope yours do well. Glad to know I inspire. :-)

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  7. Liz, your Christmas cactus is beautiful! My momma always had good luck with Christmas cactus. We are supposed to get two hard frosts later in the week, so I'm busy pulling up annuals and bringing in plants and tender bulbs that I want to overwinter. It won't be long now and I'm ready for a garden break.

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  8. Your yard looks gorgeous. love the rich colors. The Christmas cactus is stunning.
    Hoe special to enjoy your fall color.

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