LATE SEPTEMBER’S STONE FENCES — BUT WHERE’S AUTUMN? – Marilyn Armstrong

September 30, 2019 – Autumn Leaf

We are still really weak in the fall foliage department, but there’s a bit. Here and there and a lot of yellow.

Stone fence in the fall
Sunset by the stone fence

MAYBE AUTUMN WILL COME – Marilyn Armstrong

September 25, 2019 – Autumn Leaf

Driving from home to a doctor’s office, I was encouraged to see that the trees are changing. It isn’t full autumn yet, but it’s looking good. I took a few pictures along the way, which also probably means that my month of battling fibromyalgia is finally ending. It doesn’t usually last this long, but this was a bad one.

I have been so exhausted and so fuzzy-brained, getting anything done has been murderously hard. And the thing is, no matter how crappy you feel, life doesn’t stop and wait for you.

You still have to function. It doesn’t improve my mood any, either. The medical community seems to not understand why people who have Fibromyalgia and are exhausted and in pain also seem to have some emotional instability.

Funny thing. I don’t have any trouble connecting those dots!

So while I was feeling very much like crumpling into a heap on the floor and staying there until I felt better, I still managed to find a contractor, pay down bills, write pieces, even take a few pictures. You know I’m exhausted when lifting my camera seems like far too much work!

I took these today. I saw the big stone with the scarlet Virginia Creeper trying to cover it. I also found a brilliant pumpkin farm and got some great pumpkin pictures. You wouldn’t believe some of the shapes they grow them in these days!

MORE ANNIVERSARY FLOWERS – Marilyn Armstrong

More Anniversary Flowers – September 20, 2019

I had a few more pictures from the bouquet. It’s still popping buds and I think it will be around for a while. It’s wonderful to have that beautiful color of autumn in the middle of the room.

There is some autumn color in the trees. Not a lot. But you can see it on some of the maples.

Love the colors!

GLADIOLI AT THE MINI-FLORIST – Marilyn Armstrong

Gladioli by the bunch – 9-9-19

I took the camera to the florist today, something I haven’t done in a really long time. I discovered they actually sell orchids now and I hinted VERY broadly that I would really, really, REALLY like to have one.

So for today’s Flowers du jour, it’s gladioli. The first bunch are “normal” processing and the second is a more graphic presentation. Otherwise, there was not a hint of fall to be seen. Not even the yellow leaves on the aspen trees. Everything is as green as it was in the middle of July.

First gladioli
Graphic gladioli

JAPANESE MAPLES TREES – Marilyn Armstrong

Japanese Maples – 09.04.19

On a sunny day in August, the Japanese Maple we raised from babyhood has come into its own.

What a beautiful tree it has become! It is tall and bright green all summer, but turns scarlet in autumn and stays scarlet when all other trees have lost their leaves.



Japanese maple in sunshine
Graphical view of Japanese Maple

AUGUST’S END AT THE BLACKSTONE – Marilyn Armstrong

River with flowers as summer ends – FOTD – 8-27-19

At least we got some pictures. It has been a while since we went out and we aren’t going out again soon. It’s simply too dangerous. But we did get some pretty pictures.

Boat launch ramp to the river
Pink water flowers
Red and pink water flowers
Garry’s Blackstone
Impressionist flowers
Marilyn by the river
More flowers along the Blackstone

THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN AT RIVER BEND – Garry Armstrong

Wildflower Garden at River Bend – 08/05/19

River Bend is all about “wild.” So, not surprisingly, the gardens are entirely made up of wildflowers. I took a few pictures of them. The gardens are peaceful and the bees are always busy within.

The wildflower garden at River Bend