Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Gardening




To live in Southern California is a gardener's dream. Outside of a couple summer months of hot weather, you can garden and have flowers all year here. Gardening has become my therapy, not work, but something I do just for me. When I am outside with my kids, I can putter around and enjoy just hanging out with them and sprucing up my yard. Eight years ago, both of my parents died within three months of each other, and if it wasn't for gardening, I would have never survived the journey with my head intact. In fact, we held my father's memorial in my back yard, on the very brick patio he laid just months prior to his passing. He was a very skilled mason. My yard was filled with flowers and was a perfect setting. Many people told us that it was one of the nicest memorials, if they can be nice, that they had attended. Most tolerable maybe. Kidding aside, it was a loving tribute to my dad. Anyway, now that we are all depressed, I'll share some pics of my yard that I took last weekend. Not a  lot in bloom these days as I have a two year old that takes up loads of time so I don't get to garden as intensively right now.



This dahlia just rambles haphazardly all over this planter. I planted it about six years ago and it just keeps coming up every year. We don't have to dig them up for the winter in SoCal.

We had such a cool summer that I had nasturtiums for the entire season. Unheard of.
I feel like going to the nursery. I'd rather go shopping at the nursery than the mall any day. Strange I know. I'm linking up with A Southern Daydreamer for outdoor Wednesday. She has an absolutely lovely blog. I'm also linking up with My Romantic Home. Her current post has the most to die for hutch. Linking up with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. Her post on the Hamptons is charming and check out her post with her Halloween tablescape. It is unbelievable.

8 comments:

Val said...

Your post has inspired me to go to the nursery today! = )

Ann said...

How wonderful to still have such beautiful flowers. We do have mums here blooming, I love all the fall colors. Thanks for coming by to my little land of oz.
Ann

Donnie said...

They are such pretty pictures. You really captured them.

Evi said...

your story touched my heart.
What a wonderful idea and place to have a memorial, one that held special meaning!
You are a lucky girl to live in CA and still have flowers all winter long.
My hubby started taking plants that over-winter to his office.
Thank God, he has plenty of space, otherwise I would really be in trouble.
There are more to go....2 more minivans full, ha ha.
Thank you for the compliment on our home.
I truly appreciate it.
Yes, the house has been in a few magazines quite a few years ago and our porch graces a book cover.
OK, back to sewing now for me,
hugs,
Evi

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your flowers are beautiful and I love the pumpkin on the fountain!

The Tablescaper said...

Such a beautiful story about your Dad and such a lovely yard.

Thanks so much for joining in the fun of Seasonal Sundays. Please be kind enough to add a link back to Seasonal Sundays from your post so that everyone can join in the viewing. Hope to see you next Sunday.

- The Tablescaper

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

love your gardening post...

what street in Cambria is the house? I lived in Cambria nearly 30 years. My husband is a realtor there at Coldwell-Banker. He has also built alot of homes in Cambria.

We live in San Luis Obispo now...to be closer to family.

Kary
xxx
p.s. i am happy to follow you :-)

Cookie said...

My father was my hero too - I can sense the love you have in your heart for you dad the same way... he will always be my hero.

Love your beautiful flower garden mixed with Halloween too.

I'll be returning often ♥

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