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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Halloween cobwebs look so very tawdry the day after that I am always eager to get the Corridor of Spooky Plants dismantled.

the morning after

the morning after

cobwebs all round the front garden (Allan's photo)

cobwebs all round the front garden (Allan’s photo)

just down the street (Allan fetched it for my compost pile)

just down the street (Allan fetched it for my compost pile)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

fennel heads that I had tied to the arbours for decoration

fennel heads that I had tied to the arbours for decoration

I carefully clipped all the fennel seeds into the garbage can, although I had better watch for seedlings starting up from this display.

While Allan dismantled some of our cobwebs, Jacob, Maddie, and Jessika were un-decorating next door.

While Allan dismantled some of our cobwebs, Jacob, Maddie, and Jessika were un-decorating next door.

Allan's photo: Jacob, Maddie, Jessika, Rudder, and me

Allan’s photo: Jacob, Maddie, Yarrow, Jessika, Rudder, and me

Jessika said Rudder had been dressed as grandma to her Little Red Riding Hood, but he had not wanted to keep his bonnet on.

taking down the spooky plants (Allan's photo)

taking down the spooky plants (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another look at the Halloween pumpkin that Steve Pollock made

another look at the Halloween pumpkin that Steve Pollock made (Allan’s photo)

Frosty observing (Allan's photo)

Frosty observing (Allan’s photo)

de-Halloweened

de-Halloweened

Allan wants to fill in the street puddles with gravel (since the city doesn’t do so).  I don’t want him too because I love the reflections.

my water feature

my seasonal water feature

I left several big blueberry branches out for Thanksgiving decoration because I love the leaves. (Prunings from Klipsan Beach Cottages garden)

I left several big blueberry branches out for Thanksgiving decoration because I love the leaves. (Prunings from Klipsan Beach Cottages garden)

I also left the big alder branches just because I like them. Too bad I can't spray paint them silver for Christmas.

I also left the big alder branches just because I like them. Too bad I can’t spray paint them silver for Christmas.

(The Park sign really does have to be repainted to show up.  When it was on a metal arbour, the whole sign stuck up with the sky behind it, because of brackets Allan had made.  The built on bracket does not work that way.)

Allan removed the rebar and the steel and the wood stakes that have been in place for several years to hold the Halloween Corridor of Spooky Plants cross pieces.  I had not realized till they were gone how much better the garden view is without them.

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with just the green post from the new arbour

Here’s a tour of some of the autumnal garden today:

weekend rainfall (Allan's photo)

weekend rainfall (Allan’s photo)

tall mahonia blooming in Allan's garden

tall mahonia blooming in Allan’s garden

back garden, looking southwest

back garden, looking southwest

ceanothus berries

ceanothus berries

seems off-season for ceanothus to be re-blooming.

seems off-season for ceanothus to be re-blooming.

Ceanothus 'Dark Star' (love the name)

Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’

Echinops reblooming after being clipped a couple of weeks ago.

Echinops reblooming after being clipped a couple of weeks ago.

a hardy fuchsia with an upright habit

a hardy fuchsia with an upright habit

and a very downfacing hardy fuchsia

and a very downfacing hardy fuchsia

I was happy to see some water in the bogsy wood after such a long dry spell this past spring and summer.

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the usually dry creek bed inside the fence (looking west)

outside the fence, glorious water in the meander line ditch

outside the fence, glorious water in the meander line ditch

good for frogs

good for frogs

Smokey took the tour with me.

Smokey took the tour with me.

looking north

looking north

creekbed looking west

creek bed looking west

That little bridge to the outer bogsy woods is one of my favourite things about my garden.

Mary in the salmonberry tunnel

Mary in the salmonberry tunnel

what's left of the campfire wood (last winter's storm-fall)

what’s left of the campfire wood (last winter’s storm-fall)

Mary and some pulmonarias

Mary and some pulmonarias

a gold leaved hardy fuchsia

a gold leaved hardy fuchsia

by the water boxes

by the water boxes

There are several places in the garden where the soil is low, like this:

AND weedy.

low AND weedy.

I want to get about eight yards of top soil, AND get the whole garden weeded, AND get the whole thing mulched and fluffy over the winter.  And I would also like to spend the winter reading.  Last winter, the books won.

I am hoping for a rainy reading day tomorrow; later this week, the rest of the bulbs arrive and then we will have non stop work on every workable day till around Thanksgiving, if not longer.

in the evening: Mary naps on my Halloween hat (Allan's photo)

in the evening: Mary naps on my Halloween hat (Allan’s photo)

I put my feet up and finished my latest Dog Lover’s Mystery:

5 out of 5 stars: just excellent

5 out of 5 stars: just excellent

 

 

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