Sunday
Nov022014

Invite Fairies into Your Garden

Do you believe in fairies? Do you want them in your garden?My friend Ginger invited me into the fairyland she has created. Fairies will feel welcomed to her special garden that has something to please every fairy taste.

This adorable cottage will appeal to many fairies:
For fairies with wanderlust, how about a couple of cute camper trailers:

Nothing like a nice campfire at the end of a great day of exploring:There is a fabulous farm for those fairies who want to grow crops:Some fairies may prefer beachside living:

A door to an abode inside a tree will appeal to traditionalists:For naturalists, there is a pumpkin house:and a gourd house:Some wicked fairies may like this spooky house with attached graveyard:Other fairies are sure to go to church on Sundays:There is a hunting lodge:There are hayrides for the children:And a wise old man to read them stories:We must never forget our tailgating Alabama football fans. Roll Tide!These miniature landscapes are fascinating, and one needs time to study all the details. Fairy gardening is the perfect hobby for gardeners who also love dollhouses. Be aware, however, that you may get some mysterious guests. Ginger has had some of her fairy gardens rearranged, and a couple of farmyard haystacks completely disappeared. She blames the squirrels, but surely it is the fairies!

Ginger gets most of her fairy gardening supplies from Myers Plants and Pottery in Pelham, Alabama.

Sunday
Oct262014

Images of Autumn, 2014

Streams of light wash the trees with molten rays, dripping glitter upon the forest floor. It is late October, and autumn is beginning to show her colors. Not fieriness yet, for we are weeks away from peak colors, but the woods have a warm glow that complements the season's cooler air. The days are a refreshment to my soul, and I want to soak them in, remembering each detail in the garden. I am out with my camera often.

This redbud tree is laden with dried seedpods.

Some fall vignettes looked staged, but I photographed them just as I found them:
I found this spent Magnolia grandiflora seedpod in an empty pot, one perfect red seed resting in the heart of it.

A fallen feather lies next to a few dogwood berries.

This upside-down mushroom has moss clinging to its stem. I wonder what uprooted it and how it came to rest so perfectly on the ground.

I can not overlook flowers that will bloom right up to the precipice of winter:Clockwise from top left: A new flower head opening on Endless Summer Hydrangea; Close-up of Endless Summer; Rainbow Knockout Rose; Purple Aster; Penelope Rose; Penelope rosebud with some of the bush's fall colors visible in the background; Rosa Mutabilis; Flower Carpet Coral Rose.

A couple of black and white images are a salute to next season:
This dried Oakleaf Hydrangea seed head caught my attention. It reminds me of a cluster of butterflies.

An old stump has artistic swirls and crevices.

Will we have another hard winter? I hope not. For now, I cling to day after day of glorious autumn.