Thursday, November 26, 2009

Like Rhinestones on Strings

The sun hit dewdrops on a spiderweb, sparkling like diamonds on a rosebush with little rose hips adding color.





One last yellow Eclipse rose, also with dewdrops.


A last Monarch nectars on Camellia sasanqua.


Gerbera daisies last hurrah before the freeze. Buffy takes a shortcut through a late-blooming bed of Pentas and Echinacea.


A last look at fall colors of crape myrtles, Salvia leucantha, Lantana and red Alternanthera before the first freeze takes them out, possibly this weekend. Our expected freeze date is November 15, so we've had extra days of fall glory. I took out all the periwinkles last weekend and scattered seeds of poppies and larkspur behind the lantana.

17 comments:

  1. Hi Nell, As a fellow Zone 8b-er, we've yet to get a frost either which is so nice for keeping the flowers going. For the past several years frost has come early so this year is extra special. Thanks for reminding me. I need to get my poppy seeds scattered! I like your usage of "nectars" as a verb. Clever and very true. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  2. You have rhinestones and I have pink pearls! It's a lovely angle on your spider's web and the last picture (crape myrtle, lantana etc.) is very special.

    I'm interested when you say you are scattering poppy seeds. Here shows my ignorance! I thought one had to disturb the ground before poppies will germinate - or do you dig that area over before they get going in the spring?

    Lucy

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  3. Oh! Sorry Nell-Jean.

    The 'Collected' is me, Lucy, with the wrong email box open.

    Apologies.

    Lucy

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  4. Oooh, nice pics - tell me about your camellia sasanqua. my daughter has an end of October birthday and I'm looking hard for flowers to make the garden beautiful in the empty weeks of November, when nothing seems to be doing well except my schizostylis. I'm looking hard for a camellia that I can espalier. do you think this one would do it?

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  5. Rhinestones on a string make the best garden necklace, Nell! It's a delightful photo, gail

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  6. Hello Nell. What a beautiful picture it makes.Dew drops or water drops are always so pretty to photograph.Happy Thanksgiving.

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  7. Very pretty pictures! We've had one light freeze but no frost yet here either. I didn't realize I could sow my poppies and larkspur so early. We're zone 8a and I've been noticing poppies and larkspur that have self sown popping up all over.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  8. Beautiful!!Your photos are super lovely and dazzling..I love the poetic metapahor!Lovely!!

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  9. Wonderful photographs, I LOVE the rose with the dew, so romantic. Glad to hear you've done some seed scattering as your name suggested you should xxx

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  10. What wonderful photos, a lovely treat on a very grey day.
    Happy Thanksgiving

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  11. Hello Nell,

    What lovely end of fall photos. I love how the garden looks with a fine layer of dew. My zone 8b garden has not had frost yet, but we dipped into the upper 30's last night.

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  12. Whenever I see a spiderweb laced with dewdrops it reminds me how time had stopped that I literally awe-struck at what nature can stand. Thanks for sharing this.

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  13. I love your first photo Nell... the rose hips, thorns and dew dressed spider web are lovely. Your Monarch must not be going to Mexico... if so he/she is rather late! Carol

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  14. I had some spammers too, come to my sight. I was spammed like 15 times so I had to put word v back up.

    Your first freeze is like two months later than mine,honey!
    Wowsers!
    All the photos were wonderful but my fave was the spiderweb. :)

    Rosey

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  15. We woke to a light frost this morning here in North Florida. Your photos are great!

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  16. The spiderweb photo is great! Yesterday, on my way to work ( yes I had to work Thanksgiving day) I saw frost on the grass, and today the air was perfectly cold, even in the afternoon sun. Winter is almost here in zone 7b.

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  17. So pretty! I love the spiderwebs in the morning...

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