Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Leaves Gone, if Only for Today!!


For the past week, George and I have worked VERY hard raking and blowing leaves out of our yard. In fact, almost everyone in Fairfield Glade has been doing this... WELL---yesterday afternoon, we completed the ENTIRE yard. AND--it looks so pretty. Since there are some leaves which haven't fallen yet (not too many), and since rain (from Ida) and winds are ON the way----WELL--we aren't sure the yard will look this good tomorrow or the next day... SO---we took some pictures around the yard to share with you today. Above is a picture taken from the driveway looking across the front yard. You can see that some of our Roses are still blooming. Note also all of the BARE trees. Below are more pictures.







Here is a close-up picture of what is left of our Autumn Joy Sedum.. As you may remember from previous posts, the Sedum changes colors throughout the Fall. Now--it's a dark purple and in some lights, a rusty brown color. The leaves turn yellow this time of year.







You can see that the Begonia (on the stump) is still blooming. The small rock bed (where the Autumn Joy Sedum are) still has a few Hosta alive. AND--the English Ivy and Periwinkle are doing GREAT there.







Here is a picture of the other side of the front yard. This is the 'lower' side with an empty lot next door. Note those few leaves still left on the Redbud tree.









This is our front porch --still decorated for Autumn. (I always leave our Autumn decorations up until Thanksgiving---since we are still celebrating HARVEST.)









Can you believe this little beauty????? This is our CHRISTMAS Cactus. I've had this plant since 2000---and it has bloomed every year for Christmas--until last year (when it bloomed for Thanksgiving). WELL--this year, it is blooming NOW.... What's up with that???? My Christmas Cactus needs a new name!!!!!! Goodness Gracious!!!!


I'll post six more yard pictures tomorrow.
Hugs,

60 comments:

Valerie said...

How lush and green the grass is!
I leave up my 'harvest decorations' as well until the day after thanksgiving. I was bad this year, didn't even buy my pumpkins til the day after Halloween. Sure save a bit of cash on my pie pumpkins. They had them 3 for $1.

It used to be my husband didn't allow us to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving dinner, this year he has already pulled out 1 of the holiday movies! I laugh and tell him he is as bad as the stores. They have had Christmas out since a few days before Halloween!

Sunny said...

I can't believe how lovely your roses are for November, really pretty.
My Christmas Catcus blooms at weird times, seems like anytime except Christmas.
We have raked and raked but you would never know it! Your yard looks really great!
Sunny :)

Jane said...

HI Betsy - It's a Thanksgiving cactus. For the first time in many years, I finally have a Thanksgiving cactus - not a Valentine's Day cactus or a mid-summer cactus! Seems as if the plants go crazy in the downtown condo relative to blooming schedules!

Jane

Nina P. said...

I do love the seasons. Your fall yard looks so nice, just in time for Thanksgiving. Time sure is flying by this year it seems even faster.... whew... The Christmas cactus is beautiful. My mom has one that came from my Grandmother (her Mom) and it blooms at least a bloom or two for every Holiday. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter... Hmmm..... "Thankeastmas" plant... (smiles) Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P

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Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

You have a lovely and green yard, Betsy. I can see why you love Tennessee so much! We should have a lot of green grass by the time IDA finishes with us LOL...xoxo

Pam said...

Do your roses do good in the pots?

I took a picture of Christmas cactus this weekend. It is just now getting it's baby buds.

♥Kathy♥ said...

What a pretty neighborhood you live in. Raked all those leaves?? Betsy! You and George have got to be sore. We blow all the leaves out into the open and then mulch them with a mower. By the time we are done you can't see anymore leaves.

Tracey Hodge said...

You have such a lovely yard!

Maybe your Christmas Cactus was confused by our weird spring weather??

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Betsy, it's a Veterans Day Cactus...how appropriate for this year...it's patriotic!!!
Loved the photos of your yard...

diane said...

I have really enjoyed your Fall and now the bare trees. It is so different from here. Your yard is looking great and green. Another name for your Christmas cactus is Zygocactus,ours flower in Autumn and Winter and come in all different colours. So we couldn't call them Christmas cactus because that's in summer. It is a topsy turvy world. You can see a pic of mine here:

zygocactus

Arkansas Patti said...

Well the falls work your lower body in hiking and Fall works your upper body raking. Fall is your personal fitness trainer.
Your yard still looks lovely and I am surprised at what you have still blooming.
Bet your neighbor's husbands hate George for their wives must nag them all the time to be more like "George." He sets the bar high.

Thistlebrooms said...

Guess were 'ALL' getting down to the bear bones!!! We just have ONLY the larger Oak leaves to fall now...Their the worst...
Dreaming of New additions to add to our yards through the Winter months

May you have Happy Dreams of Spring...

Always~Marilyn

Dorothy said...

Very nice looking yard, Betsy! My Cactus that looks like yours, usually blooms at Thanksgiving. However, it may never bloom again because I let it sit in water and nearly drown it!

Cher said...

Advance Merry Christmas Betsy! your CHRISTmas Cactus must be excited for the upcoming merry season. ;)

http://chersanz.blogspot.com/

Beth said...

Your yard still looks so pretty, Betsy. We still have quite a lot of leaves left on our oaks, so we're waiting until they fall to deal with our leaves. We have a good bit of wind up here on the hill so sometimes Mother Nature blows our leaves for us!

That sedum seems to last forever---I'm definitely getting one next year! It's lovely.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The yard looks so neat and tidy.I did have to laugh at those roses,they just don't know when to quit.A plant with almost no leaves,yet some lovely flowers.Hope your day is special.
Blessings,Ruth

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Susie said...

Ya'lls yard looks so nice and clean. Do you think you could come over and clean up mine?!?!?! It's covered with leaves. No point in raking them just yet. We still have lots of leaves on the trees. Of course, Ida is sending her wind our way today so we may end up with leafless trees.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: Such a beautiful yard, I enjoyed the flowers and decor. Your cactus is just getting to excited to see Christmas in its old age.

Daisy said...

Your yard looks great, Betsy. The leaves are still not all down here either, although we get a few more down every day. Your Christmas cactus is beautiful even if it is an early bloomer. :)

The Incredible Woody said...

My Christmas cactus bloomed for Thanksgiving last year too. And it is just about to bloom all over itself!

I worked really hard yesterday getting up our leaves. I wrote out a check to the yard guy:)

Snap said...

You've been busy getting all those leaves up and out! Lovely photos. My Christmas cactus isn't sure when it's supposed to bloom either!

Peggy said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Things are brown and dead here and of course the rain is here again... yuk

Sandra said...

beautiful yard and neighborhood. you are blessed. I have 6 christmas cactus, that all came from my mothers cactus that she got from my grandmother. When mother died in 1990, I brought her cactus here to Florida. My husband has a really green thumb, so now we have 6 of them, really, really big ones. ours will not bloom until Dec

Sandra said...

beautiful yard and neighborhood. you are blessed. I have 6 christmas cactus, that all came from my mothers cactus that she got from my grandmother. When mother died in 1990, I brought her cactus here to Florida. My husband has a really green thumb, so now we have 6 of them, really, really big ones. ours will not bloom until Dec

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Betsy, my Christmas cactus is just beginning to bloom too. It just missed being a Halloween cactus:). I've been following Ida's path on the news. Hoping you won't get any damage.
Marnie

Small City Scenes said...

Yep!! the leaves are down and you two have done a marvelous job of removing them--so---I am expecting you out this way to take care of mine. LOL

Now you have a Thanksgiving Cactus--that was easy.

I have one rose still blooming and the hardy fuchsia sill blooming--odd flowers here and there. It makes it interesting. Enjoy! MB

Darla said...

Very nice yard....looks funny with the naked trees and the beautiful green grass!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've thought about planting Englis Ivy but didn't know how well it would do in our climate.

My Christmas cactus bloomed at Thanskgiving last year too and I saw a few buds on it Saturday.

My Mardi Gras plant which blooms fiathfully at Mardi Gras bloomed at Thanksgiving last year too.

Hmm, wonder if some hanky panky was going on? lol ;-)

Picture Imperfect said...

Such a beautiful yard you have. One can tell how much work you two put into maintaining it!

I love how there are little bursts of color here and there, against the background of the (perfect!!!) lawn.

Have a wonderful day!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your yard looks wonderful! It is obvious to see how much care you both take in it...and enjoy it too. I love your bench on the side yard...so do you think you will ever have neighbors over there?
Feeling the ickyness of Ida already...dreary, humid, yucky! I was hoping for some FALL weather.

Jen said...

Your post today seems to capture all four seasons in it!
Enjoy your leafless yard, if only for a short while. :)

Cheryl said...

What a lovely yard you have. I am envious of it, such pretty green grass even in the fall. The roses look so nice in their pots, especially the blooming ones. I think this weekend will be the one in which Mark will spend all day raking up leaves, most are down now. Maybe if you and George are interested you could swing by and give us some tips LOL! The Christmas cactus is lovely, must go check on mine now. Its getting prettier and prettier these days.

Becca's Dirt said...

Can't believe your grass is still so green. Looks funny with the naked trees. I love the Christmas cactus. Hope you and George have a good day probably indoors since you will be receiving some of Ida's rain.

Tricia said...

My mom has a Christmas cactus & it's soooo pretty, yours is too! I love those plants.

Your yard definitely reflects all the hard work you two have put into it. Very nice!

Diane said...

Thanks for posting these pictures, Betsy. You and George deserve a big star, that's a lot of work. My Grandma had a beautiful red and white Christmas cactus. As a child I always wondered why it was that because it bloomed around Thanksgiving.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Your yard and your flowers look beautiful! My front yard is not so bad (only two trees), but the back yard is very crunchy, and will probably stay that way for some time to come. I try to wait on the raking and blowing until ALL the leaves have fallen (some might call it lazy, I call it conservation of limited energy.)

What you have there is a HOLIDAY cactus. It's beautiful!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Your yard looks so neat. I hope Ida doesn't mess it up!

What do you do with all your potted roses over the winter? Your November cactus (tee hee)is lovely.

Cassie said...

Betsy, Can hardly believe there is still green grass around! We have had 2 snows already and expect more tomorrow. I do NOT miss raking leaves, a good thing about living in the woods! x-c

A Brit in Tennessee said...

You have both worked very hard !!
We have cleared the leaves twice now, and I'd say two more times is what it will take before Winter sets in.
The roses are still beautiful, we have had some gorgeous weather, mild and just perfect for Fall. The trees are still spectacular, their colors breathtaking.
You get full marks for your clean up !
Hugs,
Jo ;)

imac said...

We have a small garden, thank goodness,lol.
You have too much lawn for me too,
I hate to say it but Im no gardener,lol, Can you tell??.

You must be real proud of yours.

Dirt Princess said...

Your yard looks wonderful! You would never know you had leaves there to begin with! There are leaves everywhere right now, thanks to Ida. In the streets, lawn, drive, etc.

Karin said...

No way, your Christmas/Thanksgiving/Easter/Birthday/Back to School Cactus is already in bloom!! Maybe it's going through an identity crisis and needs some counseling, lol! LOVE your pictures - and your grass is still so green!

LV said...

You have such a lovely area where you live. The yard really looks nice, but it is hard work. If you would like to rake more, I have plenty. I cannot rack and bag them anymore. I mow and leave them for mulch. Thanks for visiting again. I am always happy when you or George stops by. Also, if you will refer back to my VTT blog dated 9-16-09, more information on my telephone life.

Neal said...

It looks great Betsy. We only have two trees and I'm always amazed at how many leaves are to pick up just from two trees.

SmilingSally said...

What a HUGE job that must have been, Betsy. I love your Christmas cactus. I used to have one before I moved.

Vicki ~ FL said...

Wish our yard was so green! Too much heat and no rain makes ours look bad. Your's look so clean and fresh. And roses still blooming, lucky you :~)

Vicki ~ FL said...

Wish our yard was so green! Too much heat and no rain makes ours look bad. Your's look so clean and fresh. And roses still blooming, lucky you :~)

Pam said...

You and George do a wonderful job keeping your yard very picturesque.
I can't seem to get my Christmas Cactus to bloom when it should maybe it can't read the calender.

Wendy said...

You and George have worked hard! Your yard looks so nice and I love that the roses are still in bloom. Is that a burning bush at the side of your house? It's gorgeous!!

I too still have my harvest pumpkins and decorations on the front porch. Why not??
Looking forward to the rest of your pics.
Hugs

Shabby Cottage Shoppe said...

Oh my! Your yard is so lush and green! I love the roses lining the driveway. Everything looks so neat and orderly. The pumpkins and scarecrow decorations are perfect for fall. That Christmas cactus must love where it is sitting...it is beautiful!
Gail

Lola said...

Your home & yard looks marvelous. The grass is so green. What kind do you have.
I also leave my Fall decorations up till x-mas time. After all we are in the Harvest mode.
They have started to put x-mas up so early by the time it gets here I'm a bit tired of it. It does entertain the kids.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your yards are still so green and lush Betsy. Autumn is full blown here and now the trees are becoming bare -- I love to walk along as they all fall down on me :-)

I have a Christmas Cactus, also, that is almost ready to bloom! I've heard it is a combination of light and temperature that makes it bloom so I wonder why this year is earlier than other years? I like the color of yours ..mine is scarlet.

Happy Veteran's Day!

Rose said...

I don't have time to read all your comments, so part of this may be a repeat. But my mom always put her Christmas cactus in the basement where there was very little light for part of each year. And she barely watered it, if at all. I can't remember for how long, but I know she did it till it would bloom at Christmas.

Your yard looks beautiful!

SquirrelQueen said...

Your yard is looking good Betsy, just look at all that green grass and no leaves. If it's like here when the wind comes it will bring more leaves.
Your Autumn Joy looks like mine, I am loving this plant more and more every year. It add so much color to my beds.
Judy

Mary said...

Your yard shows all your hard work. We are lazy and just mulch the leaves up with the mower. I would never get that much raking done. The Christmas cactus is gorgeous.

Bird Girl said...

Now that is a lot of work, raking and cleaning up the yard - and 'putting the gardens to bed' ;-) I like your yellow door - so happy looking and I want to tell you and keep forgetting - that your banner is just gorgeous!

Janie said...

Well, it does look perfect for today. Your fall decorations are so cute. Glad to see the Christmas cactus is doing well for you, too.

Joy said...

Ok, I'm loving your front door. What a great color.

That is funny about your Christmas cactus. Still looks great though. My mom had one for years. I never have kept up with one. I love them though.
The yard looks pretty. I know all that raking and blowing is hard work.

Joy