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Planting in a border to get a stunning showcase next year

Autumn is a time to reflect on the garden to remind ourselves of the successful ideas of the past year, as well as those areas in which we need to take a different tack. Although tulip bulbs have been in garden centres for a number of weeks, November is an optimum time to plant as the weather is colder, which deters the disease of tulip fire.

If you have suffered with tulip fire in the past, then would suggest that you avoid planting tulips in that area for a few years and grow your tulips in pots. After a few years, the fungus will die off due to a lack of a host, and then you can start tentatively to introduce tulip bulbs to your borders again.

Tulips are sun worshippers, so for the best results plant your bulbs in a sunny position, whether that’s in a border or container. Tulips detest a damp, waterlogged soil, so those of us with free-draining soil tend to be more successful at growing them in borders. If your soil is heavier and prone to winter waterlogging, then try growing them in containers where the soil can be controlled, as can the watering regime.

Read more top tips for planting in your border, getting the key to a stunning showcase next year, and follow these top tips and how to make your own tulip tiramisu.

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Not having the space for large trees in your garden

In case you are able to have a garden, it is not always to have enough space for planting trees.

A small garden does not mean you cannot experiment. Not everyone has the space for large trees, but there are some smaller specimens that not only provide structure and interest to a garden, but are prized for their scented flowers.

You might be surprised what can still be planted in a small garden to have nice fragrances and fine colours throughout the year.

Although it is not advisable to plant trees too close to the house, would suggest that you consider planting these trees near the house so that you can enjoy and appreciate the perfume when they’re in full bloom.

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Azara microphylla

Please come to know more about the Crataegus monogyna (or the common hawthorn), the Azara microphylla, the Acacia dealbata, or sweet mimosa, the Magnolia salicifolia, and the Hamamelis mollis (or the Chinese witch hazel) you could plant in your garden to bring some variation colour and smell.

Get to read more about scented flowers: A small garden doesn’t mean you can’t experiment – try planting one of these

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Truly, Truly – a #freeverse #poem by Leona

Life and Times of a Quirky Character

Prayers my heart starts to

mumble as the dew

forms graceful drops

across the eyelashes

of the late summer trees

It sprang to mind the hopeful

and expectant posture of

a bride in waiting

calling

oil filled lanterns

how we see the changing times

only to be reminded that

in life there is death

in love there is loss

truly truly say to you

the barren garden will

blossom as the noon day

sun

creeps along the ground

there in the slanting rays

it is easy to remember that

goodness and favor

does come to those

who wait as the tides

change and the earth

shifts

Have I finally found my home?

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Gardening

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Garden Notes (1)

Poet's Corner

The garden's gone ballistic
over just the last few days
with branches full of colour
grown in lots of different ways
It's looking like a jungle
so we'll have to see to that
giving it a summer trim
with branches for the hack

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Garden Notes (1)

Bre Strobel

Garden notes (from a novice):

1) Worried I waited a little too long to get these things planted, but I know better than to not try. If you think you can’t go from shriveling to thriving, just wait. Put those babies in the ground and see what some space, sun, nutrients, water, and time will do.

2) Remember that the pumpkins died TWICE. Once from frost and again from forgetting to water them in a drought. We thought they were done. Look at them! The picture does their bushiness no justice. They are majestic.

3) If you don’t keep redirecting the tomatoes they will grow sideways out of their cage and knock the thing over. Setting that all right will mean breakage for some of that tomato growth. Keep those vines in check routinely for best results.

4) Save some seeds for later. If you plant them all at once…

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Life is a garden

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is een tuin

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Life is a strange loop

Life isn’t a race

Hortus Closus

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Painting by Xie Chu Yu

Life is a garden,
A beautiful summer, but
Winter without spring.

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What traditions/rituals/routines do you have for welcoming Autumn?

Cooler air, the changing of the leaves, the crispness in the mornings when you walk out the door on your way to school or work.

… the leaves start to change color, and there is that crispness outside that when you step out the door, you just know it’s Fall. {My favorite months of the year . . . #Autumn #Fall #Harvest}

A blogger from Oxfordshire wonders what people mostly do when Autumn presents itself.

Autumn time brings so many colours and textures that it can be hard not to fall for those beautiful colour palettes nature presents to us. The vegetable garden also presents us with many colourful surprises worth using as decoration. It is the time when we get enthusiastic to go overboard and cover our whole house in all sorts of pumpkins, nuts and leaf garland.

The Oxfordshire Country Living Blog  has been

absolutely loving the change in the season. {5 Things to do this Autumn}

She (or he) normally hates the cold and the dark, but she has been trying to embrace each season for it’s own beauty and welcomes Autumn, drinking hot Apple and Cinnamon Tea.

No drink smells as Autumnal as apple and cinnamon. {5 Things to do this Autumn}

Many communities celebrate the harvest. Christadelhpians also thank the Divine Creator for all the good things we have received throughout the year and how He now also has provided to store enough food to go through Winter. The fullness of summer and abundance of harvest may also be found in the satisfying plenitude of life in Christ. Here in West Europe we may find lots of place which, at times, could be a safe haven for those who wanted to worship God without taking part in heathen festivals and pagan traditions.

The colourful season we are now facing comes for many after they went abroad to enjoy better weather than we are used to in Belgium. Most people consider Summertime the time to pick up vitamin D and to store enough energy for our darker days in Wintertime. After the renewal time for energy our eyes get another renewal time, namely to have lots of fantasies going through our head. Nature offers us such a wide range of smashing colours and special lights, our fantasy can be stimulated, and as such we also feel a positiveness to tackle this windy and rainy season.

Apple and Cinnamon TeaHomemade Pumpkin Pie for Thanksigiving - Stock Photo - ImagesWhen walking through the fields and forests we can breathe an air reminding us of life and death. After a lovely walk nothing is lovelier than having the smells coming from the kitchen, bringing us all sorts of wildlife dishes, warm drinks and herb teas. Pumpkins are the seasonal ingredient for all sorts of dishes and soups. Some herbs from the garden are welcome to be used in a potluck dish to share. [Ingredients including: basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender, lemon verbena, Tulsi (Holy Basil), anise hyssop and garlic.]

For many people in this commercial materialist world the harvest is not so important any more as in previous centuries. Most of the people in the West do not have any problem to buy food. For them there is no shortage. Most of them have also no inner connection any more with the different seasons. Shops are helping to get people over that feeling of seasons, by already presenting Christmas articles from September to October. (Every year Halloween, Sint Nicholas, Christmas and Easter are presented earlier to the public.) Though supermarkets may bring in lots of goods from abroad, in a certain way the vegetables of the season dominate the plate.

There’s always sowing, growing or harvesting going on. Though nothing can beat our harvest in October when squash and pumpkins are ready! {Autumn 🧡 Harvest}

Whether it’s walking along an English hedgerow and harvesting the blackberries, or digging up veg from the garden or allotment, nothing is more heartening than cooking with something fresh out of the earth. Somehow it tastes so much better. {5 Things to do this Autumn}

It’s a time to cozy up in your house, eat delicious stews and soups that are too hot for the Summer, wear fuzzy socks and thick warm robes in the morning while you sip your coffee and watch the sunrise. {My favorite months of the year . . . #Autumn #Fall #Harvest}

When we come back from a walk, often it is already to dark in the house, and as such we want to have some extra atmosphere lights.

Welcoming in the darker evenings by stringing up fairy lights, and lighting candles. Make a little Autumnal display and change up some of the cushions for a cosier Autumnal feel. Try adding warmer tones, and cosier textures, it’s amazing how a change as small as cushions and throws can change the feel of a room. {5 Things to do this Autumn}

At home in a cosy chair we can pick up the Bible and be with our thoughts by the Giver of this all. It is the ideal time to think about Him Who makes everything possible. He Who Creates and Gives. With all that abundance that we receive, let us not forget those who are in need.

19 “When you are reaping in the field, and you overlook a sheaf, don’t return to get it. Let it remain for the foreigner, the orphan, or the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless everything you undertake.{Deuteronomy 24:19 International Standard Version (ISV)}

Whatever we do let us showing to others how we as children of God are thankful for what we receive from Him and how we can share with others.

Let us also be very careful, having now months coming where certain traditions are not in accordance with God’s Will. We face moments when people go to deep in thinking about death and share ideas about the dead which are not according to what Scripture teaches about them. for some

The veil is thinning between our world and the spirit world. It is time to celebrate the cycle between life and death. Samhain is known as the witch’s new year. {Samhain Blessing and Ritual Ideas}

Many may come attracted by such pagan festivals like Halloween.

There are many ways to celebrate this turning of the wheel. Some celebrate the final harvest, while others focus on honoring the Gods and Goddesses. Still some spend the time honoring their ancestors. {Samhain Blessing and Ritual Ideas}

What may going on in your head now the days are shortening and darkness with strange sounds may be lurking outdoors?

Do you keep to certain traditions?

How do you look at this time of year?

What traditions/rituals/routines do you have for welcoming Autumn?

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Find also to read

  1. Fullness of summer and abundance of harvest found in the satisfying plenitude of life in Christ
  2. After the Summer-holiday thinking even more about God’s creation
  3. Give thanks to יהוה! For He is good, For His kindness is everlasting

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Sometimes I feel like I’m actually on the wrong planet.

Very often lots of people live in their own cocoon. Others are on their way as they create their own world, giving preference to another world than the ones they view.

How many are willing to go out into the world wondering what they are doing there and questioning if they would not better do something to that world which is turning around like it should not be.

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Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Soms heb ik het gevoel dat ik daadwerkelijk op de verkeerde planeet ben.

Purplerays

Sometimes I feel like I’m actually on the wrong planet.
It’s great when I’m in my garden, but the minute I go
out the gate I think, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’

~ George Harrison

Text & image source: Marianne Gillis https://www.facebook.com/marianne.gillis.773

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Recollections of the Day From My Garden…

The semi-retired ex-professional Western Australian musician becoming a copywriter with one of Australia’s largest marketing companies for 10 years, Nia Maharg, spends most of time writing fiction, poetry and about topics that interest him, looking at lingering clouds which dance in wisps of tangerine softness {Sublimity…} but also dreames his soulgrew wings and took flight {Broken Night of Dreams!}

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by Nia Marharg.

Darkness drapes itself over light

and drags another day to a close,

folds it away in a bank of distant dreams.

As if no rule, no-compass scheme lay before its eyes,

Good and evil people passed.

Good and evil people entered.

Someone said something profound at midday

forgotten by evening…

The sea pounded the shoreline with its massive waves.

The wind belted the lime stone face of Mount Snape.

First light of sun revealed

red rose blooms laden with dew,

petals with sun-lit crystals,

in my garden… delicate.

.Every flower is an honoured dinner guest

waiting to be invited to nature’s table…

shrubs and flowers healthily yielding their beauty and fragrance.

 Paths in the garden lead on to gravelled beaten tracks.

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Looking at Flowers through a Macro Lens

For people who have not a beautiful garden or do not have the opportunity to move around and to get to a garden it is a blessing that they may find the modern tools of the computer and internet by which the world can come unto their doorstep, in case they have enough money to pay for that internet.

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100mm f /2.8 macro lens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those who look forward to see those beauties it is a blessing that there are so many photographers willing to share that what is unreachable for them. With gratitude we too want to share the macro visions and that what others can capture to portray the beauty of this miraculous world.

Thanks to all those people who allow their articles and photo’s to be reblogged and for us to give so many more people the opportunity to come to know those ‘magicians’ who can use a camera so handy.

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Leanne Cole is a Fine Art Photographer who specializes in Fine Art images of Architecture and the Environment. She has several Workshops and Services that are all designed to help you learn photography and how to use your camera to its best capabilities. Even when people can not come to her classes in Melbourne, she is providing ‘Online Photography and Editing Classes’.

When she is somewhere to share her art she uses the opportunity to make beautiful pictures which are also presented on her blog. She manages to bring the viewer in different moods by the different shades of light which may make her to create great photos. Have also a look at “Love to be by the seaside” where she shows how she can play with that light.

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We may say that

the photograph is an object resulting from a physical and chemical process

but behind the lens of the camera has to be the very good eye of an artistic person to bring magic on the two dimensional paper.

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The object has been created but before it can be experienced by a viewer, it must undergo more changes. First and foremost, it must be developed and most likely printed. Finally, it should be mounted and displayed, which provides the photograph with context. All of these additional changes can add or detract from the object in various ways, but the original information present in the photograph (artistic manipulation not withstanding) has not changed. It is still a record of what was in front of the lens when the photo was taken. {A Photograph is an Experience}

  • Most photography not anymore the exchange of chemicals, but photons striking a silicon chip and are read as an electrical signal, which gets encoded digitally.

Though digital, this is still an imprint of the light that entered through the lens. The light initiated a physical process that resulted in a representation of itself, albeit in binary code. The light gets ‘encoded’ regardless if that information is encoded in silver halide crystals or in bits. So is this the essence of a photograph, information that can be decoded into a visual medium? {A Photograph is an Experience}

  • Without the experienced and qualified eye even the most expensive digital camera is nothing.

Luckily photography is still an art-form where we do need an artist behind the lens.

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Get the lenses out to getting closer again

The natural beauties of life

Birds, Birds Everywhere

8 Reasons We’re Looking Forward to Springtime Photography

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Elohim Mar Yah showing His wonders

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Time to Bloom

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