Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Garden Update (yes, in December)

12/12/12  Last time we will see these triple digit dates for a millenia!

I tend to follow a different beat than most, but I just had to share some garden photos.  And yes, I took these pictures on Friday, December 7th and Monday, the 10th.




My pumpkins survived the neighborhood kids.  So did the gourds.  I don't have the heart to remove them, I'll just let them turn to compost.  



My oregano is still flourishing,  only herb that is still going strong.



And what is this on the dormant fig tree?  A lone fig!



Some new growth on the tips, too.  I have not enjoyed any figs from this tree since 2009 (it was planted in 2008).  I hope next summer it proves me wrong.  I love fresh figs.  This is a little soft but I doubt it has any flavor.



My best garden surprise, a rose bud on my scrawny rose bush!  It is not even a bush, it is a stick that just grows straight up without growing sideways at all (gee, wish that were me!).  I wonder if this will bloom?  Not sure it will but it was fun to discover it.



I saw something like this wreath snowman on Pinterest and thought it would be cute for the winter backyard.  Dollar Tree wreaths and inexpensive garland.  An old hat and scarf of mine.  I like the willow showing, plus I was not buying another garland.




Fauxs always come in handy, too.  I changed the mail/paper box for Christmas.



This key ONLY works for Santa.



I didn't do any outdoor lights this year.  Why not?  I am an 'old lady'.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  



This was Monday morning, 58 degrees and so foggy!  

Linking to Green DaySimple & Sweet FridaysSunny Simple Sundays and Seasonal Sundays.


xo

39 comments:

  1. Barbara!Che carino il tuo giardino,zucche e piante di cavolo ornamentale!Poi di questo periodo il fico e le rose?Grazie di aver condiviso!Baci,Rosetta

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  2. Your comment about no lights sent me up the stairs to see if I could round up ours. I've put John on the case.

    Darling wreath snowman...I have the perfect place for such a decoration IF I had the other bits. Hmmm...

    How fun to still have oregano...are you bringing it inside for the winter? I brought in the rosemary and so far so good. Perhaps your stalwart little rosebud will bloom. What fun to see!

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  3. Your oregano look amazing Barbara, this time is difficult to me with plants, I have some basil but in some parts is really hot in other not, theonly is OK is mint!!
    so hot here!

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  4. Your oregano look amazing Barbara, here is really hot and have problems with some plants!!

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  5. Your snowman turned out Adorable.

    How fun to see what is still hanging in there in your garden. The oregano looks so lush and healthy. I recently read about someone tossing their pumpkin on the compost pile and having an accidental pumpkin patch the following year. I don't have a compost pile, but I put my pumpkins and gourds in a secluded area of the yard in case they want to turn into a pumpkin patch.

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  6. What a great post Barbara! It sure put a smile on my face this morning! That is one crazy garden of yours! lol

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  7. Lovely Barbara, I've got 2 cabbages doing well,first time I've planted for winter. Love that you left the pumpkins & gourds. Such pretty decorations. Wow, that lone fig is like a Christmas miracle! :) Pam

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  8. I adore your snowman wreath--great job!! I often leave my pumpkins out to compost ... I had quite a crop from last years offerings!! :)

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  9. It sure has been "odd" weather! The only thing still growing in my garden is the rosemary, I'd love it if it stayed strong all winter! Your snowman wreath is cute:@)

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  10. Oh Barbara, your garden is delicious. Your pumpkins are fantastic and the rose?! So romantic and beautiful!!!The snowman wreath is very original.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  11. You lucky, lucky girl to have such nice weather in December!!! The weather has really been weird over the last year or so. Be sure to take a picture if that rose blooms...that would be cool! I LOVE that key! What a fun idea!!! Santa will only be bringing coal for our stockings this year, so I don't think I'll leave a key for him! :-) I like that snowman made of wreaths, too. That's pretty neat!

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  12. Wow Barbara! That's pretty nice having a rose still trying to bloom in December! That key is cute and funny! Good luck on the fig tree and getting some figs. I don't know anything about them.
    We left our pumpkins out through the winter before and the squirrels and chipmunks opened them up and had a field day. It was real yucky in the spring though....! I can't believe I've never grown ornamental kale. I need to look into that! I went to a birthday lunch for my girlfriend today. Pretty neat 12-12-12!

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  13. What a good thing - leaving your pumpkins and gourds for compost. Our rosemary and sage are still with us. It is looking quite festive at your place!

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  14. Your wreath snowman is adorable! I brought my pumpkins in and harvested the seeds, then roasted them, then put the remains in the compost pile. Your ornamental cabbage still look nice and the lawn looks green. 58 degrees! Awesome December day! We had a nice one too although not quite that warm. Hope you are ready for Christmas and that it will be a beautiful one for you and your loved ones.

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  15. Barbara; love your post and I love your wreath snowman; cute idea. That's what I love about your blog--it makes my day and a smile everytime! Hugs, Patty

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  16. Dearest Barbara,
    What varieties of topics in this post♡♡♡ I loved to see fig and rose bud; my favorite is the wreath snowman(^_^)彡☆ Wonderful idea♪♪♪
    Must be so cold... please take care of yourself and have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  17. I enjoyed it all, but I have TWO favorite parts. For one, I love the wreath snowman and want to copy cat that. I'll have to do it next year. I don't have a pair of minutes left for this year.

    And then, the lone fig. I'm kind of wowed that a fig, of all fruit, would burst forth at Christmas. It makes me think of the fig tree in the Bible. I kind of want to say BEHOLD!

    Thanks for the tour. We have buds and blooms here, but you are way north of me so it's even more interesting that you do too.

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  18. You're so funny, Barbara! I love the description of your rose "bush". I kind of did the same thing with my pumpkins - just threw down the hill in a big, wooded area at the back of our yard hoping that the deer or some other critter will enjoy them. Your snowman is adorable! Hope you're doing well these days, my friend. Merry Christmas!

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  19. The wreath snowman is adorable! Wow, you still have such lovely garden in December..enjoy it to the last minute, sweet lady. The best compose is the one with the natural produce. Thank you for coming by, you made my day. Happy holiday season.
    FABBY

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  20. Barbara, you funny lady. I am glad your pumpkins survived, one can never tell. Love your snowman wreath. Isn't the dollar store the greatest? Stay warm...XO Linda

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  21. More proof of global warming but I'll take it. We still have very green grass here in the Milwaukee area.

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  22. I know, it's so weird about the triple digits! Your garden is looking good, my potted oregano looks so good I'm going to use it in the house for decorating. We've had a few frosty nights and I'm having to keep it covered. Why is it when I want/need cold it is always hot, or maybe just me. I had to rethink my wardrobe today. To hot for my velvet I'd plan to wear to a Christmas party.
    Have a good weekend.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  23. Barbara your garden looks wonderful! To think it's already December and you still have your pumpkins.

    I adore your wreath snowman and that key is so cute!

    Dee

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  24. What the heck! Where is your snow? Would love to send you some, cause we still have plenty! And I love the Santa key!

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  25. I've seen those snowmen and always thought they looked so cute. Yours is wonderful...gotta love the dollar store!! :)

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  26. Love the snowmen. Love the - green. I had a lot of my herbs (in MN!) until the December 10th storm. On December 9th - it was close to 50. What a difference a day makes!

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  27. Adorei ver teu jardim, os enfeites nele e deu vontade de comer aquele figo! Linda 6ª feira verde e fim de semana! beijos,chica

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  28. Adorei as suas fotos! A decoração de Natal, as árvores, o arranjo de Natal estão fabulosos! Abraço Ailime

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  29. Lindas fotos!
    gostei do figo, e do boneco de neve. tudo pra lembrar o Natal
    tudo de bom pra você
    bj
    Zizi

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  30. I went into Manhattan on Monday and it was so foggy I couldn't see Brooklyn when I was by the Brooklyn Bridge! I hope we have a mild winter for a little bit longer!

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  31. Adorei o é de orégano, encantador! original a decoração da caixa de correio e o boneco enfeitado. Um abraço, feliz green day!

    Mirante da imagem

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  32. Your garden looks beautiful, I love the pretty cabbage plants. And your wreath snowman is adorable, what a cute idea. I am glad the key only works for Santa. Wonderful post and I enjoyed your photos. Happy Green Day and have a great weekend!

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  33. Found you on Simple and Sweet...a garden post?! I had to check it out :) Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Barbara, Thanks for sharing your inspiring post at Simple & Sweet Fridays. What a beautiful garden you have. Love the wreath snowman!

    Jody

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  35. Barbara~ Your snowman wreath is adorable! I've been wanting to "build" one myself~ maybe after Christmas :)

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  36. Hello Barbara,

    beautiful post and garden. you still have pumpkin?..amazing.
    cute snowman wreath.
    happy green day and have a nice weekend

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  37. Oh my goodness - love, love that wreath snowman!! You did a fabulous job. I totally have snowman envy - would love one for my iron gate!!

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  38. Always enjoy your pictures. Got some strange garden pics going on there! Love your creath snowman. I keep checking our Dollar Tree and I can never find the willow wreaths. We don't have good everyday shopping in Savannah. I love that you used your scaft and hat.
    Blessings, Ginger

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