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Stacks

The colors of Autumn have been swept off the trees by the winds that have kicked up in these parts. The leaves cover the lawn in a carpet of rust and yellow and red. It’s time to start raking them into piles for mulching and piles to haul to the street where rows upon rows line the way, like haystacks. It is time to ready the beds for winter, to clean out the pots and cut back perennials. It won’t all happen today, or tomorrow, or even next week, but, here on the Cutoff, it is time to begin.

First, however, I’m off to see about Allium bulbs, then, to pick what produce is left of the last weeks of farmers’ markets.

What’s on your docket today?

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Thinking of Monet

The gauge in the car registered an outside temperature of 100 degrees farenheit. We are having a heat wave here in the midwest! The air conditioner was blowing out cold air to beat the band, I had the audiobook of Maeve Binchy’s
Whitethorn Woods keeping me company, and then I saw this beautiful bed of flowers. It brought to mind Monet’s paintings of iris. I just had to capture it with my camera.

Can you guess where I was?  I’ll give you a hint. I was in the driver’s seat.

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My own Monet

Cori brought this amazing bouquet from her sizable cutting garden. When I tried to take a close-up picture, it went out of focus, but, I rather liked the effect, so, post it here.

Cori has a keen eye for color and placement and isn’t afraid to use flowers for decoration, not only in vases, but on cakes and in salads and no one I know wears a wide brimmed summer hat like our Cori!  She is my inspiration for picking different color combinations and using herbs in amongst the sunflowers when gathering a swath of flowers.

Doesn’t the burst of green and yellow remind you of fireworks? It is dill and I get hunger pangs each time I walk by and it rewards me with its scent.

Do you ever put dill or parsley or a hosta leaf in your bouquet?

I have some lovely vases, but, sometimes the Laura Ingalls in me grabs an old mason jar or chipped crockery to serve up my bouquets. How about you? Do you ever use something besides a vase to showcase nature’s bounty?

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Petals. Paper. Simple Thymes

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." William Wordsworth

My Chicago Botanic Garden

A blog for visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Living Designs

Circles of Life: My professional background in Foods and Nutrition (MS, Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, RDN, LDN) provides the background for my personal interests in nutrition, foods and cooking; health and wellness; environment and sustainability.

Women Making Strides

Be a Leader in Your Own Life

Raising Milk and Honey

The Farm at Middlemay

The Cottonwood Tree

Beautiful Things Inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder

cakes, tea and dreams

savoring the beauty in the everyday

Romancing the Bee

Beautiful Beekeeping, English Cottage Gardening, and Cooking with Honey

Book Snob

FOR DISCERNING READERS

teacups & buttercups

An old fashioned heart

Louisa May Alcott is My Passion

Analysis and reflection from someone endlessly fascinated with Louisa May Alcott. Member/supporter of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (including the Alcott International Circle) and the Louisa May Alcott Society.

breathelighter

Reducing stress one exhale at a time ...exploring Southern California and beyond

Kate Shrewsday

A thousand thousand stories

Blogging from the Bog

musings from and about our cottage in the West of Ireland

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