Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October In The Poconos - THINK PINK - Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

As a 3 year Breast Cancer Survivor myself, in October, I proudly wear my pink tee shirts and jewelry to honor those who fight the fight … past and present. I also happen to love pink flowers! And there are still pretty pink flowers strutting their stuff in October!
Some Summer stragglers just keep hanging in there such as Pink Mini Petunias and Mini Pink Roses. Though not exactly pink, I consider Purple Phlox a pinkish cousin! 
Snapdragons love the cooler temperatures of October.  Mix in bits of yellow, red, and orange with pink and the flowers pop with color!
Annual Candytuft is another pretty pinky purple flower. Looks really pretty in pots!
Pink Yarrow, a perennial, is a hardy flower that blooms from late Summer into Fall.
Hollyhocks are late bloomers, so September into October they are still pushing out gorgeous flowers.
Last, but not least, what could be prettier than Pink Zinnias? Just another pretty late bloomer that will make you smile through the early Fall days in the Poconos!

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Fall In The Poconos ... Why Are The Leaves So Colorful?

It's almost October and the leaves are tumbling to the ground in a vast array of yellows, golds, reds, oranges, and browns.
Now, the days are shorter.  The nights, are becoming longer.  It's unmistakable. The warmth of summer has surrendered to the season of autumn.  It is a time of rest ... and renewal. Most trees need to shed their leaves now if they are to survive the coming winter.  In the process, they give us a truly glorious gift to enjoy!
With the decreasing sunlight, trees begin to produce less and less chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the substance that gives leaves their green color. When the leaves have stopped producing chlorophyll entirely, the cartenoids take over.  Carotenoids are the bright yellow and orange pigments, already present in the leaf cells, that begin to show through.  Last are the Anthocyanins, the rich red pigment found in oaks, dogwoods, and some maples. It will be a good season for reds when Autumn is filled with warm sunny days ... and cool, but not freezing nights. Take some time and treat yourself to the dazzling beauty of autumn!

Take time to enjoy the beauty of the season.
Winter is just a snowflake away.

*Oh, and don't hesitate to leave a comment. I would love to know what Fall is like in your neck of the woods!*


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

In The Poconos This Flower Bud's For You!

I have always been amazed when I first see a flower bud starting to form and then see the beautiful final result.  Just as no two flowers are alike ... neither are the buds.  How about a little photo magic?
                     This is a Nasturtium bud with just a tiny hint of color.

This is a Nasturtium bud further along. Now let's see ....

the pretty lady in full flower. I love Nasturtiums! They are bright, cheerful and when they flower they last for quite a long time.
Best of all, they are edible!

This is a annual Somniferum poppy bud. Lauren's Grape to be exact. Poppies are pretty amazing to begin with. The buds start off tiny and slowly begin to grow out and then upward. Some poppies, like perennial Oriental poppies, have fuzzy buds and leaves. The leaves of the Lauren's Grape poppy are smooth and soft. 

This is Lauren's Grape in all her glory.  I had been dying to try growing this particular poppy. I love mauves and purples, and I was so happy with this one. It is absolutely stunning don't  you think? Sadly, the flower petals seem to begin falling almost as soon as the flower opens. A stiff breeze or a drenching rain only makes these poppies fade even faster.

It's not a bud, but the seed pods of Somniferum poppies are almost as beautiful as the flowers. The pods have started to dry out now and I have been collecting the seeds for next year. 

This was my first year growing Moonflowers. When the buds begin to form they are really quite strange looking. At first, I didn't even realize that the buds on the right were actually moonflower buds.

After I did some research, I learned that the bud continues to evolve for quite a long time.  The bud pictured here was about 2 1/2 inches long. I was so impatient for this one to open. 

Oh, but let me tell you  ... it was so worth the wait! 
It's funny though, although they are described as opening after dusk, for me they seem to open whenever they felt like it! My very first one opened about 4:30 in the late afternoon. Others at 7pm. Some between 8 and 10pm. Some even later. Come morning when the sun begins to shine brightly they begin to curl inward. On cloudy days, I noticed that they stayed open well into almost late afternoon.  How about 2 more buds?

Know what this is? I bet you do!

It's a French Marigold!

How about this one?

Heavenly Blue Morning Glories!

                                                               Hope you enjoyed the BUDS.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

It's almost September In The Poconos! Summer Won't Let Go!

Can you believe it? Almost September.  My Pocono garden is definitely winding down. I made quite a few changes this year. I eliminated garden beds ... planted some flowers that I started from seed ... and have less flower pots than ever before. I have to say, I am really enjoying  the results. 
Sometime in March I had sowed some Shirley Poppy seeds into a pot on my back deck. They bloomed in June in shades of red, white, and pink.
Planted last Spring 2018, these pretty purple Foxglove bloomed well for me this July.
July also brought beautiful, fragrant white Oriental lilies
pink Stargazer Oriental Lilies that were planted last year.
It's late August and I love my pretty, and always dependable, tall garden Phlox. Even snapped a photo of a Monarch Butterfly enjoying them, too.
Blooming snapdragons in August. First time I'd grown them in years.
Hollyhocks have been blooming since July and still hanging in there.
Catnip is bushy and still blooming … on and off.
And I had decided to try growing tomatoes this year … Big Boy!

Yep, it has been a great Summer!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Hint! He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Can You Guess One Of April's Birthday Flowers?

                                         Happy Birthday April babies!


and Sweet Peas are your birth month flowers.

Daisies signify innocence, simplicity, cheerfulness, and playfulness. You might automatically think of white petals with yellow centers as the epitome of a ... daisy. Yet, flowers in the daisy family of Asteraceae are many ... and come in myriad of colors, styles, shapes, and heights. Take a peek at the photos below of flowers in the daisy family. You may be very surprised.
Yarrow or Achillea


                                      Echinacea or Purple Coneflowers
                                         Tithonia or Mexican Sunflowers
                                      Bachelor Buttons or Cornflowers
                                     and Dahlias to name just a few.

                                                             Now on to ...
                                                            Sweet Peas!

Sweet Peas, from the Genus - Lathyrus Odoratus ... are fragrant, annual climbers that can reach 5-6 feet in height. There is also a "bush type" plant perfect for flower pots. These lovely flowers represent ...

                                                or delicate pleasure.

                   And a Happy April Birthday to all!