At work, we have to finish up our vacation time before November 1st--otherwise we lose it!--so I took this week off. My plans were to relax toward the end of the week, and get lots of projects completed during the first part of it. Dad came up Monday to help me finish walls, fix a broken storm window, repair some flooring, fix my garbage disposal, seal up some cracks in my front porch posts... the list goes on and on. There's so much I wanted to get done that I knew I would have to be as busy as this guy:
Since he was driving up his new truck, Dad also brought me this old hutch (rescued and refinished by my grandfather decades ago) that has lived in their basement for many years. I painted the inside "Gentle Sky" blue, and was amazed to see how nice all of my pottery, thrift store finds, gifts and antiques look together in it:
The glass in the other door is broken, and I'm on a mission to find some old glass (with the lovely rippling and the occasional bubble that the other one sports) to replace it. But I'm still enjoying it in the meantime! Dad left yesterday, after getting most of the "expert work" finished and teaching me many things along the way. He left me with the follow-up work, like priming and painting the newly caulked and repaired porch posts, that I could handle alone.
As you can see, today was a beautiful fall day, and the garden was lit up with fall color that made the primer coat look even more pale and boring by comparison! So I gave into temptation and took a bunch more photos to share... you can see them below. I hope you all enjoy them, while I go back to even more painting. (This time, the kitchen/cabinets and trim around the big picture window... argh! :)
From the front steps, the feature corner bed is obscured by 'Rotstrahlbusch' switchgrass
From the other side, the slanting sun brings out the warm greens and silvers of this same bed. This "elephant ear" kalanchoe will have to be dug out and brought in soon.
So will this Mexican/Cuban oregano, which has happily sprawled across miniature carexes.
More of the miniature carexes (left) with the fall tones of a peach heuchera and 'Purple Dragon' lamium.
Turning slightly south, the bright spears of 'Golden Sword' yucca pick up the fall colors of 'Hameln' pennisetum and 'Blue Ice' amsonia nicely.
And I love the color and textural contrast between 'Hameln' and my oakleaf hydrangea in the fall.
Last but not least: A pineapple lily update. In the past month, my 'Sparkling Burgundy' eucomis has put up some new foliage... which will soon die back until it emerges again (I hope!) in the spring. As long as this doesn't stress the plant too much, I hope it does this every year--I love the fresh burgundy rosette against the older, greened leaves. :)