Monday, November 11, 2013

Holiday Hiatus

The redesigning is done and the bulbs have been planted. The mulch sits patiently while the soaker hoses lie in tangled heaps, waiting their turn. It's almost time to just throw in the trowel and call it a year so that's what I'm doing. 


I wish I could say that by next week I'll be snug in this hammock with a fruity drink in hand but I won't be. Instead I'll be preparing for Thanksgiving and up to my eyeballs in student projects. The closest I'll come to this photo is a mango smoothie and a slice of coconut rum cake. Big sigh....

It's time for a blogcation to focus on other priorities. But here are a few parting shots before we meet again in January.


My Stellar Pink dogwood and part of the dogwood garden


As much as I love my summer garden, I love the flaming colors of fall, too. There are no soloists in my fall garden, just a chorus in sweet harmony. 


The 'Yoshino' cherry was a brilliant orange but most of the leaves fell before I captured many photos. It was a wonderful way to greet each morning.


'Peach Sorbet' blueberries have wonderful fall foliage and were designed to grow in a container. Plus, the berries are really sweet.


 White heart leaf aster seed heads and purple blue plumbago foliage


Creeping raspberry has thick fuzzy foliage with a heavy texture that holds its fall color all winter.


These pots are right outside my kitchen door. I stuffed the pot of daylilies with snowdrop bulbs so I can see them as soon as they sprout. It's like a little present I planted for myself. :o)


These pots are across from the big daylily pot and were stuffed with hyacinth bulbs. I purposely planted the bulbs in pots close to the house for maximum impact. I wanted to be able to see them before heading out for work.


'Mardi Gras abelia

44 comments:

  1. Awww, I'll miss you, Tammy. Busy, busy with student papers and the holidays, I'm sure. I wish I could sit on that hammock, too, but a Mango Smoothie actually sounds delish--I think I'll go make one right now. Have a pleasant blog break!

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  2. I love the first photograph - well, we can all dream! The blend of colours in your garden at this time of year is lovely, too. Have a good break!

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  3. You've worked really hard.....enjoy your blog holiday and come back refreshed and ready to take us on your journey again.
    You will be missed.
    Now my rant...why would you tease me and write about coconut rum cake...is there a recipe involved somewhere???? please share...my lips are smacking already.

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    1. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/caribbean-rum-cake-recipe#reviews

      Here's the recipe. I substitute coconut milk for the regular milk and will probably add coconut to the batter. :o)

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  4. Some lovely shots. Enjoy your time away from blogging.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. Mardi gras abelia... I have never seen before. Look so stunning. Is this plant bearing (edible) fruits or just ornamental?

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    1. It's an ornamental dwarf shrub with white tubular flowers. It's one of my favorites. :o)

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  6. Enjoy your blogcation. We will look forward to reading you again.

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  7. We will miss you, but I know exactly how busy you are as a teacher this time of year. Wonderful parting shots.

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  8. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and holidays and student projects! Have a great blog vacation and rest up.

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  9. Anyway lovely sunny autumncolours shown on your pictures and first photo I am dreaming of. That mango smoothie and coconut rum cake are mouthwatering, your climate is so much better than ours. Wish you a happy blog holiday and looking forward to your news in January 2014.

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  10. Your parting shots are delicious. Here's to a grand hiatus and a strong happy return. Cheers!

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  11. Love your idea of planting bulbs right by the door so you can see them when they begin to pop up. Have a great holiday and hiatus!

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  12. Everything looks great and I love that blue pot so much I have it also. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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  13. Lovely fall foliage. Enjoy your cake, your holiday season and hopefully a bit of a rest too. See you on the flip side!

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  14. Ooh, a holiday hiatus sounds wonderful! I'll miss your fabulous posts and will look forward to your return. Enjoy your break!

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  15. Looks like a great garden going and life happening. Have a great Thanksgiving and I'll catch you when you return.

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  16. Sweet dreams as your garden settles down for its winter sleep. The winter holidays are such a busy time, but make sure you find some time to rest and to dream of your lovely garden come spring. I'll look forward to seeing your posts in the New Year!

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  17. The smoothie and rum cake sound wonderful! Congratulations on putting your garden to bed for the winter. Enjoy your blogcation and have a wonderful holiday season!

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  18. A very happy holidays to you lady!!!! Good luck with all the projects and we will see you in January!! Oh and I love that idea of a little present outside your window! You have given me some good ideas! All the best...Nicole

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  19. Happy whatever you do you wonderful person. See you in 2014. Susie

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  20. Your garden looks lovely in the autumn! It is a great idea to plant bulbs in containers close to the house. I'm sure you will enjoy them when they are showing up as early signs of spring. Wishing you a good time in your blogcation! See you next year!
    Christina

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  21. I love the rich fall colours in your garden and the variegated Mardi Gras abelia provide a nice touch of green to remind you of the spring to come.

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  22. I will kook forward to January when you come out of hibernation. Have a great Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas too.

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  23. Ha! Love the GROW license plate!

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  24. Aw ... will miss your posts, I really enjoy them ! See you again in January, when a new growing season will just be peeping round the corner !

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  25. Happy Holidays Tammy! Enjoy the time away from here.

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  26. Patience is a virtue I do not possess. I pretend I have it for the sake of the very young and old but you are not either so it is possible I will be moaning and whining about your absence until January. Hugs...Sue

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  27. Happy holidays and good luck with everything, lovely to see the autumn colours in your garden. I have planted bulbs in containers too this year, to have them around my seating area so I can enjoy them more. Can’t wait for the first ones to emerge, I hope we get a much earlier spring than we had this year. Enjoy your blocation, see you when you’re back!

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  28. Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season. See you in January ♥

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  29. Thanks for the parting gift of fall foliage photographs. Enjoy your holidays!

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  30. Your blogacation is starting and mine ended. Well Tammy, have a great holiday and see you in January.

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  31. Have a wonderful break! It's good to step away now and then-it gives you renewed energy and creativity I always find. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday and we will see you in January.

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  32. Going on hiatus, eh? I feel like I've been on hiatus even though it wasn't a planned thing. Just me being behind as usual. I love your fall colors. They are such a nice way to say goodbye to the growing season. Hopefully winter will be quick and painless for us all. Now if I can get those bulbs planted... See you next year.

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  33. A wonderful post, such gorgeous autumn images. Shame you're off for a while as I've only just discovered you, still, gives me a chance to play catch up on old posts. xxx

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  34. Tammy I'll see you next year....have a wonderful holiday season!!!

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  35. Superb final act for 2013 - have a great blog-cation, look forward to catching up in 2014 Tammy.

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  36. Have a very Happy Holiday Season and I hope that you will be back before Christmas with some more interesting photos. If not, have a great Happy New Year and see you in 2014.

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  37. Sorry I'm late in wishing you a lovely blogcation and happy grading (snerk ; -) ). I just got that Abelia myself this least season and love it. Great fall pictures. We'll all miss you. Come back soon.

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  38. A Very Happy Holidays and if you celebrate Christmas, then a Very Merry Christmas :-). Also, have a great New Year.

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  39. I am just coming back from a blog break and you're gone! Passing ships ... I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday and very restful break. Take care and best wishes in the new year.

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  40. Wow, a hiatus. I could use that hammock about now. Merry Christmas, Tammy. Did you have a white Christmas?

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    1. It was a cold, brown day but that's ok. :o) It was profoundly mellow and peaceful. My blog burnout is over and I'm looking forward to blogging again in January.

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