"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The woods and grounds are showing the usual signs of drying

because of the cool nights that have arrived with the fall season. However, the days are still very hot and bright.
and among this drying up, there is still a lot of green

and a lot of blooming.

I love the wild flowers here on the prairie. They are strong and resilient .

The colorful, thorny cactus is striking against the yellow and browns of the brush.

It grows any where it pleases, against trees, along the grounds,

and up against the barbed wire fences.

As hard packed as the ground is, I am always amazed to see

the most delicate flowers blossom.

Closer to home, the woods that I am creating gardens in, are still a little wild and rough,

but are showing their beauty with the flowers I have planted there. I love old weathered tubs.

They make great garden containers for rose moss.

The crooked and low branches of the mesquite trees are perfect for hanging baskets of flowers. There is just enough sun and shade to keep them vibrant.

The morning glory has found a perfect tree to climb.

Again, rose moss in old containers, smooths out the roughness of the woods..........
don't you think?

The pond is also full of color. The fish have gotten larger and brighter.

I love their fanciful long flowing tails.

And we also have a few croaking visitors.........who , no matter how dry and packed the earth is.......know where to find the pond. I call him,
Jumping Jack
How about you?
Are you getting beautiful colors around you with the coming of fall?
Are there certain spots drying, speaking of the sleepy time of winter approaching?
I would love to hear!


Daisy said...

I love the rose moss! Such bright, pretty colors.

Jumping Jack is a handsome fellow too. :)

We are getting colors in the changing leaves of the trees here, but it has still stayed warm for now.

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Kathleen,
I love your moss roses and petunias in the planters. Your prairie is looking good with the yellow blooms, too.

Here in Tenn. we're not seeing any sign of fall yet. It won't be long though...

peggy said...

I really enjoy seeing your prairie pictures. I have been working with some moss rose lately. Here, it drys up in September, but I have been feeding some of it and keeping it watered and it is prettier than it has been all year. And tubs are fantastic whatever you put in them.

Sherri Farley said...

Lovely. Rose moss is my hub's favorite summer flower. It thrives in dry weather, which is good because I am not a good gardener. (I tend to forget the watering part!) I must remember to plant some next spring.
Cute frog and the gold fish are a real treat to see.

Muddling Through said...

Kathleen you are just one of those people who passing through the valley of Baca (weeping) make it a well. Ps. 84:6 Not that you are crying, just that you make something beautiful of all you see and show us the beauty in it, too. Thank you!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos and flowers still . Here the trees have slowly changed and leaves are falling to the ground . The land is damp at night and in the mornings whilst sun shines during the day with cool breezes blowing fresh air with the sweet smell of the fields . I have been out everyday being snap happy and walking the woods with our Miggs ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

lil red hen said...

Your prairie flowers are amazingly tough aren't they.
The rose moss is beautiful in the old tub. I've tried planting in an old cattle watering trough but nothing will grow in it. But I do plan to try more container gardening next spring.

Paula Fraker said...

Beautiful splashes of color everywhere! And I love Jumpin' Jack~ we have some huge frogs here too at night... Lily likes to find them and lick them. *haha*

Ruostevilla said...

So wild and beautiful! Please have a look at our little pond on my blog. Since a frog moved in the water has become turbid. Any idea what should we do? Thanks.

Debbie said...

You bring so much beauty and brightness to the prairie with your flowers. I love the moss rose, but so do my squirrels!

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Kathleen! Your pictures are so pretty. One of my dogs would love Jumping Jack. She's obsessed with toads lately. She loves to watch them in the yard. No harm comes to the toads! Here in Northern Illinois we are just seeing the beginnings of the colors changing.