Welcome Christmas! – especially as you bring 55deg F and rain to Long Island! Our small home will be filled when our sons and their wives/partners arrive on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Marian and I are are thankful for our 9 months here since leaving New Hampshire – tho’ we miss our friends there – and the joy of again being close to family and so many old friends. May your “Holy-Days” be filled with warmth, gratitude and love as we celebrate “God’s indescribable gift” to us.
It’s November, but a killing frost has yet to arrive on Long Island. A few annuals still bloom bravely, their days numbered. The trees have achieved as much color as they do without frost – much yellow, gold and brown, but reds are rare. Many clear days, and none of the destruction that visited New England two weeks ago. We are grateful for the slow transition to winter!
Eliza, Judy, Catherine – New England gardeners – what variety of hydrangea is this? Large leaves with purple edges, pink/white flowers. I have not seen this one before, but have just inherited it from the previous homeowner… I think a sunnier location might yield more blooms.
The 4th of July is past, and summer moves on in the flower beds. Pale pink Astilbe, Coneflower, New Guinea Impatiens, Begonia, purple Petunia all add to the changing palette. Hydrangea struggle to bloom after being cut back too far last Fall, but Forsythia rejoices in being cut back late this June.