Fall in the Fir Forest

Fall in the Fir Forest
WELCOME TO MY BLOG! I am glad you found me because I hope I can be helpful or at least interesting for you to follow, be you a gardener yourself or just watching vicariously.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Diary 11/21/14

My husband has been elk hunting. The elk have stayed elusive this year. He see this guy while out in the forest,  the somewhat rare Spotted Owl.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Diary 11/20/14

I cannot remember a fall with as many mushrooms as this one. Though we have had some frosts, they are still popping up everywhere and so many different kinds. I found these Boletes today on a walk. I know they are Boletes from the spongey gills they have. I think these ones are edible, but not choice.

This group was older anyway. I also found this weird one which may be a Fluted Helvetia which some people eat. I am going to pass just because of the way it looks!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Diary 11/19/14

The morning was cool and damp, not crisp and frosty as the last two. Before the real rain started this afternoon, it was pleasant, moist and full of fall smells. By afternoon, though, the wind came up, the rain fell in earnest and I stayed inside throwing pots on the potter's wheel for the first time in three years. Like riding a bicycle, well not exactly. The first ball of clay was meant to be a bowl, but collapsed when I pulled too hard on the last forming of the shape. After that, I had amazing luck. I made 4 bowls, 3 plates, 2 mugs, a small pitcher, and two candle holders! Tomorrow, I will trim them and add handles. I'll take some pictures, too...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Diary 11/18/14

The cold snap that has hit the middle of the country hard and north of us, as well,  finally arrived here. It has been 21 degrees the last two mornings after barely getting 32 so far this fall. I have covered a couple things to see if I can protect them for a little while longer, but at 21 they are giving up. Ah well, it is high time.
Speaking of time, thyme, the ice was stuck to every edge of this thyme plant this morning, so beautiful. Not sure if photo really shows it~

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Diary 11/13/14

The autumn leaves' show is definitely past its most brilliant time. It is not over by any means and there are lots more leaves to fall. It's just that
the view is changing to more browns and greys and leaving behind the green, yellows, and reds~

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Diary 11/11/14

It is Veteran's Day. I wish there were not wars. I wish we did not have a holiday to salute those who have seen them, but we do.
I honor and salute you and your families for your sacrifices on the part of us all.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Diary 11/10/14

I have been having some fun with free verse. So bear with me~ I am not a poet and I know it~

Frost in The Garden

The frost arrives in the moonstone blue twilight of morning.
The shroud of small white crystals cover the garden.
It penetrates the flesh of my last pink tomatoes.
Resting on the skin and bursting their cells into translucence.
The shoulders of my bright orange pumpkins are draped with a cape of soft ice,
Hardening their shells for winter storage.
The surface of each green bean leaf is painted with a clear, shiny glaze.
The vines will turn a drab olive by mid-day.
For now, the frosty fog
Fills the cool space around the yellowing trees,
But cannot enter underneath.
For that, a colder freeze must come,
Then autumn’s last colors will surrender to winter‘s dormancy.

It was fun and a little corny packing as many colors in as I could!