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September in the Garden

The garden is winding down, and the hurricane has helped to move things along.  A few critters did their share too. DH modified the bird feeder so that less seed would spill into the tray, which made it a bit more difficult for the larger birds like the cardinals to eat. So, feeling sorry for them, he purchased a second feeder, and mounted it below the first one.  The little birds like the goldfinches began using the new one pretty quickly. The cardinals continued to go to the big one.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Then later, success, they figured it out.  He later added a larger perch to this one to make it easier for them to land.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The red heirlooms ripened beautifully.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Another Cherokee Purple is getting close to ripe.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Caprese salad was even more delicious with Cherokee Purple tomatoes and fresh basil from my own garden.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

There are still more tomatoes yet to come.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Some of the larger tomatoes were harvested before the hurricane so they wouldn’t be lost. These are now sitting on my kitchen windowsill to ripen. Well, OK, I ate the red one.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A few of the potted plants are giving me a fall show, like this red one.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A few more calibrachoa, these were blooming right up to this week, before the rain and wind came.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A flock of female turkeys visited last weekend. I stepped outside carefully and began talking to them, and tossing bits of bread to them. They weren’t real interested in the bread, but they didn’t run away when they saw me. So, progress with my turkey pets, LOL!!

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A couple of them did finally eat the offered bread. Then, of course, the others wanted the same bite, LOL!

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

There was this skink sunning himself some days ago, I haven’t seen them since it began raining.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

More tomatoes harvested all at once became my first attempt at tomato pie.  I wasn’t happy with the result, the crust came out soggy and there wasn’t enough creaminess in the filling.  So, I’ll keep trying until I get it the way I want it.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

OK, I ate one of these too before it made it into the pie. It was too tempting on a bed of fresh spinach.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I found this sweet cutie pie in the garden a couple of weeks ago.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Then the next day my petunias were nibbled down to the nubs. Oh well, at least he didn’t eat my tomato or basil plants. I just want to pick him up and cuddle him, but I don’t think he would like it.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Just this past weekend, I finally was able to have the camera in hand when the hummingbird came by for a visit to the still blooming torenias.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The torenias are almost done, some parts are starting to die off, but the tops are still blooming. This hummingbird stayed quite a while, visiting all four hanging baskets for all the nectar available.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Irma’s winds reached a peak on Monday night, really howling through the coves and woke me up. Luckily, there wasn’t any real damage to the flowers on the veranda.  The begonias must love the cooler temperatures, as all of them are blooming more than ever.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

Even the pink ones, although this isn’t really a fall color.  Still, the blooms are welcome.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

The yellow torenias are also putting on a show for the cooler weather, and seem to be just a vigorous as before, unlike their purple cousins in the hanging baskets.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

My parsley and yellow calabrachoa were beat down by the wind and rain, but I expect them to recover shortly.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

I put the Thanksgiving cactus out on the veranda over the summer so it could get more sunlight.  It seems to be perking up well now, maybe it likes cooler weather too.  I’ll bring it inside in about a month, and it should bloom in November.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

One more flower to show you. DH went to the store for me, and came home with a beautiful bouquet of white roses, one of my favorite cut flowers. Gorgeous aren’t they? Their fragrance is so sweet.  He’s a keeper.

White Roses at From My Carolina Home

Volunteer day at the book sale was last week, and I did pretty well.  Note that large binder on the bottom left, that is a Master Gardener manual! Specific advice for North Carolina, also in another North Carolina Gardening Month by Month book (on top of the Cooks Country Best Lost Suppers book), will hopefully help my efforts to plant more native plants and more perennials for my area.  Cookbooks, novels, audio books, and a DVD of Gosford Park completed that day’s haul.

September Thrifting and Shopping at From My Carolina Home

Last Friday, I worked the book sale, and of course came home with an additional score, books on hiking in our area, plus another gardening book for the Carolinas. We do plan to do more hiking in the fall and next spring.  I’ll be going through my cookbooks and other books to cull some out for the garage sale this weekend at my friends home.  If you are local, look for us on Dawnwood in the Haywood Knolls Neighborhood garage sale on Saturday only.  I’m taking dishes, quilting and cooking books, fabrics, notions, stamping sets and lots more.

Hiking Books and Gardening Books

Hope you are doing OK after the hurricanes, both Harvey and Irma. We were lucky that the path turned west, and the storm weakened. The fair closed on Monday for the first time in many years as the winds were too high for safety. But it is open again, and the cooking competitions will go on this week as planned. More on that later.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

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Stamping Fun in March

Now that I have a truly organized and wonderful stamping space, I made some cards for friends. There seems to be a constant need lately for support and cheering up. I got out this pretty lavendar rose paper, and it was easy to pick coordinating colors from the paper shelf, now that the colors are sorted.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Gluing the paper to the front of the cards, I added a dark purple ribbon tucking the ends behind the rose paper.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I stamped “Thinking of You” on cream stock, mounted it on green stock, then set it at a slight angle.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Inside, I did the basket of flowers in three colors of ink, and added the sentiment.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Of course, my stamp goes on the back. Better than Hallmark, right?

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I made one plus a spare to have one in reserve for later. A lavendar rose was stamped on the envelope.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had enough of the lavendar paper left to do one more card, so I tried it out with a darker cardstock. Over the top a green strip of embossed paper was added.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Adding a gold cardstock scalloped circle, and then a pink one with a stamped butterfly, the front of the card was done.  I could add a sentiment in the lower right, but this time I think I’ll leave it alone.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Then I got more creative with the inside. I needed something light to show up the sentiment, so I chose the coordinating lattice paper and cut a piece to fit inside. I added a rose in lavendar ink, then the sentiment in dark purple ink. I really like the way it turned out! This may be an inspiration for the next card front.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I was on a roll, so I kept stamping. It was just too much fun to stop yet. This neat printed vellum was in the same paper pack as the lavendar rose stock. I had a stamp to use that looked nice with it, and I colored it with my chalks and blender pens.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

Picking up the gold color from the vellum, I embossed a strip for texture, and mounted the stamped image on two layers of frame.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I only use my little rabbit tail stamp in the springtime, and usually I’ll just write my name under it. This time, I masked off the leaf on my personal stamp, and added my name below with ink.  It is crooked, but maybe that just adds to the charm of a handmade card.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I use this sentiment a lot this time of year, this time adding a daffodil bouquet inside.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

A fun day of stamping!  I am getting started on my Easter cards too, and will show you those next month.

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March In The Garden

A warm spell made it possible to get out and do some clean up in the garden for the last two weekends.  It is still too soon to plant any annuals as our last frost date is mid-April. I did call the garden center and reserve my usual flat of torenias, and I’ll pick them up in April.  I got the brick planter cleaned out, and it looks a lot better. There are daylily bulbs on each end, and I cannot remember what is in the middle. Tulips or gladiolas are most likely, but I just don’t know.  It will be fun to watch them and see what I planted. I cleaned out most of the front flower bed too, while DH worked on the hosta bed. Get ready for a picture heavy post.

planter box cleaned

The tulips are coming up, and two little purple hyacinths struggled to produce a couple of sweet blooms.

In the Garden March 2016 From MyCarolina Home

The redbud is coming into bloom, and is just lovely.

March 2016 in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The sun brought out the lovely pink shades.  There are bees all over them, and that is a good thing.  These are the really large, gentle bees that don’t pay any attention to me.

Redbud March 26 close

The cherry blossoms started out with pinkish buds, then opened up to pure white.

Cherry 1

On the mountainside out back, the violas cover the ground with purple flowers.

Viola mountainside March 2016

Here’s a closer look.  There are hundreds of them!

Violas March 2016

The rhododendron is putting up some lovely buds, and I hope they bloom after the danger of freeze is over.

Rhododendron buds March 2016

The cardinal pair stopped by the feeder recently too.  Have you ever seen a male cardinal feed the female? It is so sweet.

Cardinals March 2016 2

After they left, the goldfinches came in full flock!  There were at least a dozen, taking turns on the feeder.  I managed to get four at once.

Goldfinches March 2016 1

Inside are the most wonderful flowers of all, white roses. DH knows these are my favorite flower, delicate and sweet. He brought me a dozen of them just because he saw them and knew I’d love them.

Roses 3

He is definitely a keeper.

Roses 5

Close up of one, there is a blush of pink in the center. Just lovely and the whole kitchen has a sweet fragrance.

Roses 4

The white hyacinth peaked last week and has now faded.

In the Garden March 2016 From MyCarolina Home

And the amaryllis finally bloomed! Only two blooms on one flower spike this year, but I am still thrilled that it did bloom for the third year.

Amaryllis 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Gorgeous isn’t it!!

Amaryllis 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Velvety red flowers, huge blooms. I know that my MIL never thought she was giving me a gift that would continue blooming yearly for three years.  It surprises me too!  Can there possibly be a fourth year?

Amaryllis 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I’ll have to give it some flower food and see.

Amaryllis 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Back out front, the tulips came into bloom on Saturday, lovely!

March 2016 in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

These ajuga reptans, also called blue bugle flowers, are all over the grass next to the front sidewalk.  It is a wild ground covering plant like the violas.  I’d like to get rid of the dandelions, but if I do, it might kill these pretty flowers.

March 2016 in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

If you get the posts by email, stop by the blog and see the new header with the redbud and the mountains. I’ve also added some pages at the top to help readers find projects and tutorials.

Anything in bloom around your house?