It’s starting to look like Fall in our yard,
as some of our + our neighbors’ trees are dropping their leaves
Speaking of leaves, check out these, on one of our Oak Leaf hydrangeas:
If only I’d taken this photo a couple days ago,
when those red leaves were so vivid + gorgeous!
They already pop nicely against our neighbor’s light wood fence,
so imagine how stunning they will be when all the leaves turn scarlet!
They’ll eventually grow to 8′ – 10′ tall + will provide lots of privacy.
I blogged about them last August when we were planting them.
They were only about a foot tall.
They’re now almost 4′ tall.
This first season, we had only about 6 or 7 total blooms,
but fingers crossed they will look more like this next summer:
While I was outside this morning,
I decided to snap a few more photos of my groovies.
There’s my very pretty blue gazing ball on an old hollow stump,
a vintage Dachshund statue,
+ some velvety Pulmonaria (a.k.a. Lungwort) plants:
That bit of a fern belongs to our large Boston fern (below),
+ those cobalt blue glass stars are from my favorite garden center,
Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, IL.
Here’s a better look,
with some companion globe thistle plants, in our last house’s yard:
And wouldn’t you know it — I got the globe thistle plants at Blumen Gardens, too!
Anyway, it’s easy to see that our yard has a bit of a blue + white theme.
Some pretty blue Endless Summer hydrangeas
are growing just across the yard from our Oak Leaves.
We even painted our garden shed blue.
That’s our bee garden that we planted this summer.
The pretty white Coneflowers are the stars right now,
+ yes, we attracted bees!
That bird bath on a stand is also from Blumen Gardens,
+ how much do I love that mosaic blue + white transferware plate!
Oops. I should have tidied it up before taking a photo!
Finally — in closing — next spring
we’ll have all sorts of pretty blue + white spring flowers.
We planted lots of bulbs, about which you can read more, here.
That’s really going to be a much-needed morale boost
when everything’s gloomy + muddy in March
+ I’m so cold I can’t feel my toes.