Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mosiac Monday #1

This is the time of year that we might think our gardens are not at it's best. The Summer flowers have long gone by and we can barely remember what our first blooms of Spring looked like. Some flowers refuse to give up and put on a better show then ever before. We have had the best "dirt" allysum that I've ever seen. I've been calling them that because they are just growing in the gravel where they reseeded from the flats on the benches above. No watering, no fertilizer, no real soil...just process stone and hard packed subsoil. If I had babied them I'm sure they would not have looked as nice.

The image in the middle is my beloved snowberry!

A collection of turban gourds and pumpkin on a granite bench.

A lantern hanging amongst the Virginia Creeper that wants to take over the world. It grows at the front of the greenhouse but it makes it's way every year about 50 ft along the edge and winds it's way thru the benches. I love just letting it go....and by then the houses are mostly empty so it doesn't really matter where it grows.

Setcreasea (the purple foliage) mixed with simple impatiens and begonias.

And of course my beloved Snowberry!

Can ya tell I like this plant?

One of my favorite plants is the big yellow plant in the middle. Long time ago I knew what this was called..... Heliopsis or Helianthus I'm sure, but not the variety. My husband likes letting it get out of control by not staking it. He just likes the way it looks spilling out around the base of the spruce tree. I'm usually begging him to stake it up but now as I'm seeing it I think I'm beginning to come around to his way.

Wild Abandoned Spirit!

Speaking of Wild Spirits....

my friend Kathleen on the right......always enthusiastic and ready to try anything.

Always fun to be around and you have got to love her Philie accent!!!
Seems appropriate that she should be included in this menagerie of bright color!!!


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Lenore said...

Both of your mosaics are quite beautiful....I've looked at each several times.
Thank you for sharing them with us.

ellen b said...

Such interesting mosaics. I enjoyed every one...

Gigi said...

Your gardens look gorgeous! Isn't it funny how some plants thrive on neglect? I always get so inspired when I come here! Thanks, my friend. xoxo

maría cecilia said...

Hello, you have a very pretty garden and have made beautiful mosaics. Your beloved snowberry is so nice, I´m trying to remember if I have seen it before, not sure.
María Cecilia

Sharon said...

Carole, I love all your mosaics.I love the scent of allysum and your snowberry is gorgeous.Thanks for sharing. Sharon

Mary said...

Wow, Carole I'm so glad you joined this week. What beautiful mosaics! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely images at MM. :)

Laura said...

Hi Carole!
That snowberry is a winner! Your mosaics are fabulous...and Kathleen looks as vibrant and fun in the pictures as she is in person!

Ebie said...

You have showed us nature's beauty. A very lovely set of mosaics!
Ebie's Mosaic.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Snowberries? I don't think I have ever heard of them, They are so beautiful. And so are your mosaics!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

What beautiful mosaics you have shared with us today. I am not familiar with a Snowberry, have not seen or heard of that over here.

Have a great week

Fifi Flowers said...

PRETTY mosaics!

June said...

Carole, the way you create your mosaics is beautiful! Of course it helps that their contents are also amazing! Oh did I ever love seeing more of your beautiful gardens! I really do need one of those snowberrys...don't you think?!

Regina said...

Stunning and gorgeous! Beautiful mosaic!

"My Mosaic"

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Carole
Well no surprise I love your mosaics.. and now.. your snowberries as well..

Seems I am getting an education in horticulture... and a beautiful one at that!!

Kathleen looks like she has wild abandoned spirit also!! So good to have great friends with zest for life...

Have fun.. Ciao xx Julie

eileeninmd said...

I would like to have the snowberies. I love your mosaics and your plants are so beautiful.

Jacqueline said...

Carole....your photographs just get better and better....and snowberries are one of my favourites, too.....and I also adore the distressed looking cherub/angel...another one of my favourite things.
Kathleen looks and sounds really good fun. Can she be my friend too ?!! Really colourful Autumn pot Carole.
By the way, hae you taken down your Halloween decorations yet ? you haven't !!!! XXXX

grey like snuffie said...

Love all your mosaics...I must now go in search of what a snowberry is...if it's a bush I can imagine that it is gorgeous, full of white berries. I have a bunch of Snapdragons that started up in the cracks between my gardens and the house foundation...they are by far the healthiest and largest of any I purposely plant...wonderful post for a brisk fall morning.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Carole!

As always, you have created some very beautiful mosaics. :) I took a minute to grab your url so I could add your blog to my blogroll. I don't want to miss a thing that you share!

Have a wonderful day,

Rita said...

Hi dear Carole,
what beautiful mosaics you have shared with us today. Thought unfortunately I do not have a garden (YET!!!!!) I do have a little pot of those snowberries - whose name I didn't know before visiting your blog - in my window flower rack. Yours look so lovely and healthy just like the rest of your beautiful and inspiring garden! Thanks for showing us the very best of fall.
Have a good day

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

wow your pictures are just wonderful, love the way you have put this all together, it looks great, I will be back again I am a new follower, come for a visit

christelle said...

Ce doit étre le pays des rèves chez toi ; je trouve toujours tout tellement joli !

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Your photos are wonderful and so are the mosaics...Happy MM...

Shelia said...

Hi Carole! Oh, what beautiful mosaics! I love your lovely photos and all of the plants are just gorgeous! Thank you for your visit today!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Hi Carole!

Your mosaics are gorgeous!

I always say I love Missouri, rain or
shine, :-). J worked outside in all kinds of weather for about 40 years before retiring, in '08. He says the same as you mentioned, in your comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Back Porch!

Rostrose said...

Beautiful Mosaics!!! And my allysum is also a very brave plant! I like it very much!
Hugs, Traude

A New England Life said...

Wonderful mosaics Carole! You certainly are good at putting them together. Not sure I've heard of snowberry before but I'd like to check it out.

My Wisteria sounds like your Virginia Creeper. Out of control! I have to cut it back constantly or it would take over the double flowering cherry tree sitting right next to it.

Happy Mosaic Monday!

Anonymous said...

There is beauty to be found in every season! ~Jeanne

Puna said...

Your place is such a lovely stroll through the outdoores.

Marsha said...

Just beautiful mosaics! I have Snowberry envy - I can see why you love it.

Kathleen said...

Great mosaics, Carole! Love the colors..
I have impatiens growing on the top of a bag of soil..but the bag is closed! Amazing they can grow anywhere..
You have TWO friends named Kathleen?? :)

Caroline said...

Ohhhh...such wonderful mosaics! Thank you for sharing!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Hello, Carole! Thanks for stopping in at my blog~ Yes, Kathleen and I have been cyber-buddies for a few years now :) but I don't live anywhere near her...Midwesterner here - Milwaukee area (gardener at heart who also loves cooking).

You have a beautiful blog and I love your mosaics!


Marcy Antle said...

Gorgeous photos! I want to learn how to do the mosaic too, very awesome, especially with autumn pictures.

Rosemary said...

Hi Carole,
I love your mosaics! I don't know how to do them, but they are very cool!!
Hope you have a great week! Still playing catch up after my vacation.

BellaRosa said...

Carole as always thank you for sharing such gorgeous images! You know I finally found that Hydrangea that I told you about...I thought it was called "vintage" it is actually called "Vintage Harvest" and is soo gorgeous, I hope to get some pics of it to send to you, I so hope I don't mess it up when I plant it and change the colore :( they are gorgeous sage and faded burgandy and are new blooms, wonder if I can dry them? hmmmm I know I always have questions :) besos, Rose said...

Oh how fun, that we are neighbors! I would love to stop in to your shop some day and say hello.
Capers of the Vintage Vixens