Cold outside means the garden moves inside. After leaving my violets out on the veranda all summer, they finally decided to bloom again! I had forgotten the color of the lovely purple and white variegated blooms.
I am thrilled, finally I think I have figured out what they really need to bloom. The other one is a velvety purple.
My Thanksgiving Cactus bloomed for the holiday this year beautifully too. I love these unusual flowers. This was a gift from a dear friend, and I am amazed that I have kept it alive and blooming every year for over 10 years now!
I learned that although I originally believed this to be a Christmas Cactus, it has the spiky leaves which makes it a Thanksgiving Cactus, blooming usually in November.
It has several flower colors all in the same pot, purple, pink, red, yellow and white.
On the veranda, in spite of the sub-freezing temperatures of the past few nights, the white begonias are still blooming like mad. All the pots are still going. I stopped watering them for about a week after DH turned off the water outside to prevent the pipes from freezing. Still, the little guys continued. Yesterday, I watered the ones still going with a pitcher.
The red dianthus are still blooming too, they should have finished up a month ago.
The chrysanthemums got a drink too. Their colors are fading, and I should dry some of the flowers for use later.
Time for the pumpkin to go, I think. But, before we leave the Autumn season, here’s one more last look at sunlit autumn color.
These leaves are still hanging on, but coming down fast.
Lovely autumn color, finally here, and gone too soon.
I have been seeing the turkeys several times a day now. The two males have again separated from the flock, and forage on their own. I have been getting them used to seeing me, and just this past week began talking to them. They make the most wonderful little cluck-purring noise, like they are talking back, and they no longer run away when they see me. So, on Thanksgiving, I stepped slowly onto the veranda while they were visiting and gave them a piece of whole wheat bread, broken up into a few pieces. They were wary but they did eat it. One gave a nice display of his tail feathers, and puffed up, probably to signal that he was ready to do battle if necessary.
After a couple of mornings giving them a bite, not only are they not afraid of me anymore, but they come running when they see me! It is fun. I don’t plan to continue this long, as I don’t want to make them into pets. I certainly respect the fact that they are wild and should continue to be so.
But, for a day or two, I’ll feed the turkeys as well as the little birds. I wonder if they might eat that pumpkin? Today, and this week I’ll be packing up Thanksgiving and getting out Christmas. I’ll be simmering a pot of turkey soup while watching football and piddling around collecting up the autumn decor. My MIL is coming in five days, and I want to get to Christmas decorating and setting a pretty table for her visit. Plus, I have some blocks to do for Waltz! So, I better get busy.
What’s going on around your home today?