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Thursday, October 10, 2019

What Will Survive the Deep Freeze?

I saw this little lady bug yesterday as I was soaking up the sun.  It was 85 F and it was just beautiful.

Then, around 5 pm, a huge wind storm struck with 50 mph winds swirling everything from its base.

I saved many of my potted annuals.  I wish these beautiful impatiens could hang on the pot rack all year!!
More impatiens, a potted hydrangea and the potted sweet potato vine, which isn't very happy.

And then there was snow. The upper picture is my Catalpa Tree, a gift from my mom.  I love these trees because they smell like honeysuckle for a few weeks in late spring.  Freezing rain fell before the snow.  I went out to check on the tree and touched one of the leaves.  It fell to the ground, frozen.  It's going to be a long winter before I find out if this tree will make it.

Well, enough complaining.  The sun is out and, as is normal in Colorado, it will be warmer and the snow will be gone by the weekend.

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

More Autumn and then...........

With some success I have grown pumpkins this year.  All of a sudden, they appear with a surprise, then there are more hiding under their large leaves.  I planted them late, so they are not as large as I'd like them, but they will do.

Spaghetti squash, which I don't love to eat, but like pumpkins, are fun to grow.
This sweet potato is my favorite summer miracle.  It actually started growing inside because it sat on my kitchen counter for so long.  Then I placed it outside with my other plants for the rest of the summer.  I cut about 2/3 of the potato off and placed it in a pot to grow........hopefully.  The last few days have been HOT, but with freezing temps at night.  So I brought it inside.  The vine has weakened, but I have my fingers crossed.

I am not usually a fan of autumn.  I have gotten sick practically every year of my life at this time of year, with asthma and bronchitis.  I've often missed Halloween trick or treating, but I have fond memories of the few I was able to take part in.  But, this year is different because I am enjoying the changes; the cooler weather, and even the shorter days!!  Hmmmm.....


And because I've been enjoying fall so much, I have been learning how to paint pumpkins, courtesy of Emma Lefebvre (@emjlefebvre, Instagram).  She is the most amazing water color instructor! (Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj3EO1Bhcdg&t=608s)
I need a bit more practice, but I'm having fun.  Emma does loose watercolors, whereas I've been trained in botanical water color painting, which is very, very precise.  

A winter storm is headed this way this Thursday.  The high on Thursday may only be 30 F with a low of 13 F.  So I've covered as much as possible and brought annual pots in, as well as wrapped my new Catalpa tree, in the hopes that this very early freeze won't kill everything.

I haven't been knitting or crocheting much, as I've been so enjoying fall painting.  I tried my hand at Tunisian crochet, but my pieces keep coming out crooked!  Must research that.

Ciao for now!! 😍