Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday Stroll-August 17, 2008

Welcome to my Sunday Stroll. Things are starting to look slightly autumnal at my house. The occasional leaf falls, the hydrangeas have their end-of-the-summer tan, the sedum is going to start turning pink any day now.

I am only going to show you the biggest of the pumpkins. The one that turned orange first has pretty much quit growing. The two that are competition worthy are the one in the back here:

And this one. I wish there was a good way to give you some perspective on these. This one is fabulously huge!

To see who else is strolling, go to The Quiet Country House.


Green Bean said...

I love checking in on the pumpkin's progress every Sunday. :)

Aisling said...

Joyce, Your containers are looking so pretty and full. My creeping sedum is already turning pink, and there are some autumn hues appearing in the trees along the roadside. Our strolls will soon have a different color scheme!

Rose said...

I think the hydrangeas look lovely even though their color is fading--it reminds me of vintage lace.
I was wondering about the pot in the first picture. Did you buy a new plant?

I should have stopped by earlier--you could enter that pumpkin in the Gardening Olympics! Of course, technically it isn't yours...but maybe "Largest Pumpkin in a Neighbor's Garden." :)

Joyce said...

Rose, I like the hydrangeas at all stages, too. The pot is nothing new, just a geranium that has gotten sort of leggy. I plan to prune it back pretty hard when I bring it in before the frost. Hopefully next yeaar it will have a nicer shape.

Everydaywoman said...

The air does have that "autumnal" feel here in New England in the evenings, too, and with pumpkins coloring up, it always makes me think of fall, too. My sons have always enjoyed growing the giant pumpkins (Big Max, Atlantic Giants, Prizewinners), so I especially enjoy seeing the pumpkins in their shade tents. I am also always struck by your sincerely kind comments left at the farmers' daughter site (my actual daughter!) We kid that you're her "cyber Mom," because we sound so much alike! Loved your stroll!

Joyce said...

Welcome, Everydaywoman (or Abbie's Mom!) I have fun checking out Abbie's blog, maybe because my kids are that same age and stage.
I'll have to ask my neighbor what cultivar he is raising. I truly know nothing about pumpkins, never having had the room to grow them in my own vegetable garden, but I'm sure learning! The whole neighborhood is enjoying the adventure.

Nan said...

I love "end of summer tan" - what a great way to express the color change on the hydrangea. Just great. My sedum looks exactly like yours. What a little delight it is to show up when everything is pretty well past. So, I'm reading along, and then get to the pumpkins, and a smile appears on my face. I love seeing their progress.

I thought of you last evening as I was listening to my current audio book called The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton. The book is set in Texas, but he talked about the 'tall grass' and I could see how one would definitely 'worship' it if one lived in a dry, dry climate with little rain. It makes all the difference to the success or failure of a ranch.

Joyce said...

Hi, Nan! I'm reading "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan, which is about the Dust Bowl days in the 30's, and it just breaks my heart that they didn't know better than to plow up all that prairie grass. Here, we have more of a tall grass swamp environment, so it's different, but we also don't have much of that grass left. When you do see it, though, it's pretty impressive-not only tall, but just beautiful. Full of wildflowers!
This whole pumpkin thing is so much fun! The whole community is following it with great interest.