Saturday, 23 October 2010

Autumn in the Garden as it winds down for the Season @ Wall*Flower*Studio

Well, it's time to put the garden to bed.
A beautiful day here in Haliburton, so I actually tore myself away from the studio and the computer so I could get some things done before the snow flies.
Took a few pictures today, too. Hope you enjoy.
Autumn is always an ambivalent time for me. I love the crisp, fresh mornings, the colours of the trees, the falling leaves, and even the thought of winter, however, I do miss the garden as it winds down for the season... Thinking I'm not alone. At least during winter, we gardeners show our hope and faith in Mother Nature by planning what we'll do next year.
Every Fall I think of how great the garden was, but how much better it will be next time around!

One last look at my parlour set before it goes in the shed for the winter.

Cut some mums from the garden and had them outside in a vase. They've lasted more than 3 weeks. Such a lovely flower for an Autumn bouquet.

I can't resist flowering Kale. They are so beautiful.

One hot pink Aster in a bed of fallen leaves.

Saving and harvesting herbs, as well as seeds. Sage and variegated Thyme shown here.
I make lots of different things with my harvest of herbs... Wreaths, pot pourri, bath tea bags, herbal kindling bundles, etc.
Please feel free to browse all the organic products that Wall Flower Studio has to offer
---> at my Etsy Shop. Thank you!
So, there's still some garden chores to be done. Getting the garden in order for Winter is a bit of work, but also fun since the harvest brings so much abundance this time of year.
Thinking it's time for a coffee break and that the few jobs left can wait a couple more weeks...
Thanks for visiting & as always, Happy Gardening!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Autumn Garden, The Studio Tour, Fall Colours, and the showy Mums

Lots of blooms...

The Back Yard - A very steep hill, and the view from the kitchen window.
Often seen are a fox, turkey, deer, moose, black bear, and many other assorted creatures/birds. Pileated woodpeckers and the odd Owls are favourites of mine to see.

Front Yard - I prefer the deer stay far away from here.
Just a quick post and a few photos today. The garden is starting to wind down for the season, but some things like these mums are out in full bloom, showing their autumn glory.
Many people may not know this, but I'm an artist as well as a gardener.
This weekend was the first of two for the Haliburton Studio Tour that I'm on, (part two is next weekend), so I've been a little remiss in posting here on my garden blog.
My days have been taken up with getting my studio ready for the wonderful people who make the drive to visit, and often times, purchase my paintings & papier mache sculptures.
I usually have about 200-300 people per day visiting during the tour, so I try to make sure the garden looks nice. First impressions count! (Most people like to do the tour because of the fall colours, which are spectacular right now.)
However, the inside of the house has likely been neglected during the summer, due to the fact that I'd much rather be outside than in, so a big clean up is on the agenda for sure! Pretty sure most if not all gardeners understand that!
So, I can relax tonight as round one is done. A glass of wine in one hand and the feet are up!
Next weekend will be a whole new crowd of art lovers passing through my doors, and I look forward to that for sure.
If you'd care to take a peek at my art, here's a couple links. A lot is inspired by the garden, but some of it may raise an eyebrow or two from some viewers... But that's okay. ; )
Thanks for visiting, and Wishing everyone a very Happy and Prosperous October!