Leaves Falling...

                                        "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."
                                                                                                  Emily Bronte

Ask the Animals...

"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.  Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."    Job 12:7-10

(All photos found on the internet)

Touches of Fall

I love decorating for fall! It's such a pretty time of year, leaves changing color, pretty pumpkins, and fresh crisp air.

Our cat 'Whiskers' was posing under the maple tree in our backyard yesterday and I just had to take a  picture! So I ended up taking a few more from around our home. : )

Nothing Gold Can Stay

                                                    Nature's first green is gold,                      
                                                    Her hardest hue to hold.
                                                    Her early leaf's a flower;
                                                    But only so an hour.
                                                    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
                                                    So Eden sank to grief,
                                                    So dawn goes down to day.
                                                    Nothing gold can stay.

                                                                             Robert Frost


                                         "Gardening is the purest human pleasure." Francis Bacon

                                      (Pictures from Keukenhof Flower Garden, Netherlands)

From Psalm 104

"You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, 

and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth,

and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart. 

The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees.

The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the coneys. 

You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. 


You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out. The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God." 

                                                                   Psalm 104: 14-21

Balloon Flowers

Balloon flowers are one of those plants that are a lot of fun for kids. The buds looks like hot air balloons and when you snap them between your fingers, they make a popping sound. The little ones love it!

I've had these in my front garden for years with little to no maintenance. They just keep coming back year after year as beautiful as the year before and are totally non-invasive.

Some balloon flowers from my garden:

A Lovely Public Garden

I love going for a leisurely walk through a public garden. There is a lovely one nestled in the mountains about an hours drive from home that I try to visit at least once a year. It's always so relaxing to just walk through all the beautiful gardens with a friend or my mom.

Here are a bunch of pictures from my last trip I took with my mom last week:

A New Blog Design!

I've redesigned my gardening blog! It's fun to change things up once in awhile and do something different. Though I don't post here as often as my book blog, I do enjoy flowers and gardening very much. So when I get a chance, I love to share photos, tidbits and poems.

I really love the new design and blog button...hope you do too. :)

Flowers at Seattle's Public Market

Recently I visited Seattle and one of my favorite places was the Public Market. If I lived in Seattle I'd definitely shop down there a lot! Especially for the flowers!

Wow! I couldn't believe how beautiful and colorful the flowers were. And how inexpensive. I'd pay at least $30.00 for a bunch of flowers at home, that only cost $5.00 here at the Public Market! I was so temped to buy some but wasn't sure I'd get them over the border alive. :)

Here are a few pictures I took: