Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stitching and Walking in Late September

I've had this chart for about a year and I think it has whispered by name all that time.  "In My Garden I Do Best".  I think lots of gardeners feel that way.  There is so much more to gardening than weeding and watering - I am just plain happier with plants surrounding me.

I am stitching on 40 count linen and it is a challenge to my middle-aged eyes, but so far, so good.

It's a lovely Autumn Day.  Let's take a walk.

Today we're going a bit farther afield and starting the walk about one mile from my house.  While the area is mostly open fields, there is a small grove of Oak trees.  They are heavy with acorns.  

Dotting the open fields are Hawthorns.  I cannot recall ever seeing noticing them turn color this time of year. 

The Hawthorns are loaded with berries.

I've read that Robins, Chickadees,  and Cedar Waxwings enjoy feasting on the berries.  This year I'd say there's plenty for all!

As well as Hawthorns, wilding Apple trees are scattered about the open fields, and along the verges of the road.  
I don't know how many different varieties there are, or whether they are edible.

Some of them are just plain beautiful.

This bright green Apple tree lives just outside the deer fence bordering my sister's Dahlia Garden. 

This Apple tree is at the edge of our driveway near our small seasonal creek. 

I had expected to find the wild Nootka Roses heavy with hips, but that was not the case.  There were very few hips visible, perhaps it is a bit early in the year.  I'll check back in mid-October.  

I know that you can find Chicory along the roadside most anywhere, but I do love the true, clear flowers. 

I found more pale blue Asters too.

Come on Cedar Waxwings - where are you anyway?  The Madrone berries are ripe and waiting for you.

This year's crop of Douglas Fir cones has turned brown, and hardened off.  Soon the birds and squirrels will takes advantage of this bounty.

We've made it back home again.  I hope you enjoyed today's walk.


Carol said...

Your new start is just perfect for gardeners like you, Beth--I am loving Brenda's designs so much!!

Thanks for the lovely autumn walk--things are rainy and gloomy here today...

cucki said...

Aww such a cute chart you have in your stash
In south Africa we don't get these lovely charts :(
I love my walk With you always and today I also had so much fun
Big hugs xxx

Nicola said...

What a beautiful title for a design and so perfectly suited to you.

Denise said...

Love the colors in your new start - it'll be wonderful. giggle - about those eyes - have the same problem.

Looking at Fall's bounty makes you wonder about the harshness of winter to come. I say, "bring on the snow!"

Tea norman said...

I loved today's walk, so refreshing and fun. The berries, green apples and the Douglass Fir cones are beautiful. Hope we'll take another walk soon.:)

Maggee said...

Everytime I open your blog, Happy as a Lark catches my eye, it is so darned cute! Had a nice walk today! Thanks! Looking forward to more progress on your new gardening start! Hugs!