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October 14, 2016

Fall has arrived- planting iris and tulips!

  Hello everybody!
I've been remiss with my garden blog lately!

I got behind because late in September we became grandparents for the first time!
A mad 12 hour dash over to Pennsylvania ensued when we got the word and of course we are thrilled with our new Grandson Joseph!

 Our son's hand behind held by his new son's tiny fingers.

Mother and father with baby at the hospital
A professional photographer came by and took some wonderful pictures.  Certainly more exciting than the ones we got when the kids were born!

I think I floated on a cloud for two weeks after coming back.  I wish we were closer but now that they've moved back from Oregon they'll be about 2000 miles closer to us and we can visit more easily!

I dug up my iris to split them up and ended up with more than I could replant so I put a listing on Craigslist for free and got a quick response.   A kind man stopped by the next day and took them.  Made me feel good rather than dumping them to waste away out back. 

 I took a snapshot before I started breaking the fairy garden down for the season.

  I pretty well gutted it.  The bricks were in the ground under the cement cottages.   I cut the Annabelle Hydrangea real short like I do every year which you can see below.

I've started a new bed in this area with the orange iris planted on the right side.   I have some tulips I'm going to put in too on the left side.  

I put the little fence pieces up to remind my hubby because when he starts clearing leaves I don't want him to walk through here.

 This is a new pink iris that I have planted over in the "pink" garden.  Can't want to see it next spring!

 I've removed the petunias from the frog planter and the Vinca Vine is still going strong.  I've emptied the deck of it's flowers and planters too.  

We're having pretty nice weather and still haven't had a frost.  It did get down to 36ยบ last night but we're heading into another warm up and comfortable evening temps in the 50's.   This is  the best summer I remember in years and I loved it.  

The trees out back are just beginning to show signs of changing.  The ash tree is letting go and leaves and floating all over the place from it. 

We've been working to save this ash tree from destruction by the emerald ash tree borer.  I've mentioned it before on the blog but for those who don't know about it we've been having an arborist do injections on it with a product that works it's way up the tree and kills off the borer.  It works because one year we saw hundreds of them on the ground after one of the injections.  We just don't know if they damaged the tree enough to kill it.  Only time will tell.

My yearly fall "deckorating".  

Thanks for visiting me this year and I hope you've enjoyed this past summer as much as I did!



  1. Your garden is just beautiful in EVERY season, Liz. Just wonderful that you have such spots in which you can relax and enjoy them.

    I am really glad the kids moved closer to you and that you will have some time to enjoy being a grandmother. There is nothing in the world like the first time that baby looks at YOU and smiles in recognition. You will have a wonderful, blessed Christmas this year for sure. xo Diana

  2. Congratulations and best wishes for little Joseph
    good work in your wonderful garden

  3. Your garden looks lovely, but where will the fairies live now.
    The first grandchild, we are expecting our first ones too any day now, we are having twins.

  4. Liz, your gardens are amazing! I love seeing it transition to Fall; and your temps sound wonderful! Congrats on your new grandson. I know you are just over the moon excited!

  5. Lovely garden! Congratulations on that grandson!

  6. Oh what a sweet little boy - there is just something special about little boy babies. Our three grandsons are 5,11 and 15 now - what a thrill it is to watch them grown. Your garden is amazing - your deckorating is fun - we just clear the deck entirely this time of the year - nothing is there by the bare bones of empty deck chairs, covered bbq and a few pots of overwintering pansies. We are in for our rainy season and everything would be soggy and ruined in the rain - so better to have things tidied up and put away until spring. Your irises are going to be spectacular.

  7. Hi Liz, your garden is just beautiful this time of year and still looking so pretty.
    So glad your kids are closer to you now so you can see the baby often. He is so adorable. Love these precious pics. I know you are enjoying being a grandmother already!! Blessings to all. xo


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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