Monday, November 30, 2009

O Tannenbaum Williamsburg and Blog Award!

We made it out to Busch Gardens Williamsburg this past weekend on the second night of their new Christmas Town. It was absolutely wonderful. I do want to go back. Unfortunately my photos weren't so great but they do have a live webcam during park hours 5-10 Fri - Sun through Dec. 27 of the tree O Tannenbaum light show outside of Das Festhaus.

Next winter Christmas garden we intend to visit is Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Gardenfest of Lights. My post from last year on it is here.

So sweet! I received a Best Blog award from a fellow garden blogger who I have been following for awhile since I found her through Blotanical. Thank you Lona at A Hocking Hill's Garden. She also has A Nature's Scenic View.

The rules are to post the award on your blog along with the name of the person who passed it on to you and a link to their blog. Then be sure to leave them a comment to let them know that they have been chosen. Then choose blogs which you recently discovered and you think are great and pass it on to them.

Some of the other bloggers I want to award this to are:
Marie @ 66 Square Feet
Tracey @ Life in Sugar Hollow
Jeanne @ Seven Oaks
Barbara @ Garden Moments or Augenblicke im Garten
Janet @ The Queen of Seaford
Tootsie @ Tootsie Time
Katie @ Gotta Garden
Tatyana @ My Secret Garden
Catherine @ A Gardener in Progress
Becca @ A Southern Garden by Becca
Rosey @ Dung Hoe
Darla @ More Family and Flowers
Abe @ My Birds Blog
Linda @ Crafty Gardener
Carol @ May Dreams Garden

Now I need to get commenting on their blogs. Come with me!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mommy! Look! It's Winter!

We had a frost warning 2 weeks ago and last night they gave us a freeze warning. There really isn't much left outside anyway since the light frost killed most everything off.
Fortunately, the gaillardia blanket flower are not ready to quit yet (I really like orange, you think?)

and I have a few verbena hanging on

All of my containers are in the garage and some in the house. Last minute yesterday, I brought some old tablecloths outside to cover a few of the hypertufa planters because I was hoping to save a few lantana and geraniums that I hadn't dug out yet. I think it worked. Now I just need to go put them in a moveable pot and onto the garage!
I also grabbed an asparagus fern off of the front porch and hung it on our mistletoe hook
and one of my alstroemeria into the family room. Better get those bad boys back outside today. I haven't debugged them yet and who knows what could be living, ready to hatch in those planters! So this morning, with the light frost on the lawn and car windows, my 4 year old looked outside and said, "look mommy, it's winter!". Only proves the boy is not from the Northeast like his momma.

But it did remind me to pull in the last of my hummingbird feeders since the water in them is frozen and last year I let them stay out long enough to crack.

My salvia are also still hanging on, just enough to feed any silly hummingbirds who think they can survive at this point.

Late season colors

Some more photos from 10 days ago.
The shrub roses are still pretty:
The color of my oranges and lemon gaillardia is still so fun:
Other blanket flowers / gaillardia for some late season color:
The bees are practically frozen to the flowers as they are now so slow from the temperatures:

The front garden is livened up by the new white mum. Not sure if I want it planted there though: