Archive for November, 2010

The year in Crazy Quilting.

In spite of the fact that there are few  posts about the ‘sew’ gardens, I did finally complete 9 six-inch blocks for another mini quilt. Truth to tell it was kind of painful. Each block has some triumphs and other complete misses. For the most part I love the color combinations and despair of the stitching; in both composition and execution. But that’s the story of my processes.  I learn thru the hard lessons of failure.  ( My inner critic is alive and well; in fact it’s thriving—can you tell?

All that remains to do is the assembly. Oh nuts, I’m not great at that either-sheesh. More later.

endive update

I finally planted the Belgian Endive roots on the tenth of November. The container is just a wee bit short so I ended up placing skewers around the inner perimeter to hold the light darkening curtain off the plants. It’s been just over ten days so maybe there will be endive for the holiday.

endive 11/10/10


endive 11/19/10


November’s GBBD

The colorful autumn show is winding down here in Rochester NY. We have had a couple of hard freezes followed by several days of Indian Summer. My new velvet cloak smoketree has such a rich red color and I hope to see it continue next year in all its glory.

velvet cloak smoketree


I found this volunteer Burning Bush the day my son Jay came to cut down a set of 3 overgrown BB,s  along the back fence. Those bushes rarely ‘ burned’  back there due to the over hanging canopy protecting them. Their baby is in a sunnier spot in front of the house.

Burning bush


  Here’s another volunteer. This time the parent plants are in the front and their ‘baby’ got moved to the backyard as I started to build a hedgerow along the north fence. This spiraea truly has three season interest. There’s  great spring color as the leaves open, followed by red flowers in June, July, and August and more color in this autumn finale.

Spiraea Japonica 'Magic Carpet'


Thanks to the Indian Summer the Ajania continues with these bright blossoms. The leaves are so interesting that I’m thinking of
 transplanting  this one to 
add texture to other spots in the gardens. 
Ajania-still hanging in there
Meanwhile my favorite annual, the Million Bells ‘Cracklin Fire’  has escaped the killing frost and still has a few muted blossoms. They are it to win it, I guess.

Cracklin fire, million bells

The holly finally, after about 5 years, decided to bloom. There are  several mates for it.  I just wonder if the nonberry producers can contribute to the cause!

Festive Holly


To close, I have to mention my ‘Our Lady of Guadeloupe’.   I’ve been bringing the budded roses inside as they appear and putting them into a vase with warm water and just enjoying the show. When it was younger the stems seemed very weak, hardly supporting the blooms as they appeared.  Now it’s just a cascade of roses in varying degrees of blossoming as they hurry on to the depths of winter.


Rose, Our Lady of Guadeloupe

Once again thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for continuing this tradition of ‘Garden Bloggers Bloom Day’. Check out other gardeners who contribute to the show.

Weather, weather, what ever

I just want to update myself as to when we finally had a frost and a hard freeze. Here in Greece NY it was November 7th to 8th along with the change from daylight savings to eastern standard time.  I dug the canna and left them to rest for a few days and I also managed to mulch the perennials and shrubs in the raised beds.  Now I’m wondering if I should mulch the new smoke tree.  My sense is that it will probably have sufficient snow cover to make it thru the winter. Truth to tell I have never even seen an incidence of ‘heaving’.(at least not that I have noticed). Except for putting the canna to bed and fashioning the endive forcing apparatus the garden seems to be at rest until spring.  EXCEPT for the plants indoors and of course the early quest for the ‘perfect’ heirloom tomato.