I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pumpkin Moon

Hello, hello! Did you guys see the eclipse?

moon w/ helicopter below left

Eclipse, what eclipse? Here at the beach we had cloudy skies and a huge wind storm! No eclipse, though the next night was clear as a bell and the moon so golden and bright.

deserted beach cabanas, moon, helicopter
The wind blew down all my deck stuff---umbrellas, table, potted palms and mums. My neighbor has full sized palm trees in giant urns and they blew over too. (Of course we all slept right through all this action.) I went to the farmers market and all the vendors' tents were down, those who were brave enough remain anyway. So I had some extra time (I am training Mo not to have separation issues) and I went for a brief hike to the bird sanctuary. Trees were down there and the trails were not easily maneuvered.

Heck. I went home, solo cabbage in my market sack.

Today my friend L and I had planned our yearly Columbus Day visit to the pretty garden center across the bay. L had doggy probs and cancelled so I decided to go it alone.

I'm such a sucker, I just go all ga-ga over scarecrows and pumpkin stacks. (Don't you? Admit it, you do!)

This place is definitely a garden and landscaping center. No cutesy tres chic Halloween stuff here. Just masses of beautiful flowers and pumpkins.
The pumpkin varieties gets more exotic each year!






I love these dull green guys, and the knobby grey Hubbards
Gotta love Big Max. I wonder what he weighs?


Aren't these ornamental cabbages fantastic, almost surreal. They should be the design inspiration  for a Kaffee Fassett fabric. (He actually did kale and cabbage I found out! here )

I was looking for ideas for another friend who recently renovated his beach cottage's deck and tiny garden: autumn perennials.

Unusual bright pops of color, there are pepper plants.

Fall landscaping. This waterfall is so perfect and natural.


Pansies for my deck? Amish quilt colors.

Beautiful dense button mums....

And gentians! I've never seen Swiss-alpine gentians before.

I was ''just looking".  The owners graciously allow me to wander and take endless photos. They know I'll be back---maybe with my kids?---real soon.
PS If you actually saw the eclipse please tell me/ us! Otherwise, I think we get another chance, in, maybe, April 2015?
gone to  the beach


  1. I saw the eclipse on this side of the world but I missed seeing it early enough to see the 'red' moon. Being a full moon it was very large in the sky too.

  2. Looks like a fun relaxed wandering. I did not see see the eclipse, but have been enjoying the bright moon the last few days.

  3. What a treat, I felt like I was at the garden center with you. Such colorful, pretty things to look at. I'll say it again...nature IS AMAZING. It would be hard to resist those pumpkins, and the button mums! Black eyed Susan's too.

    How did Mo do while you were gone on market day?

    I already told you that I didn't catch the eclipse, though I did feel the affects (effects?) at work. People get a little odd at full moon time and I think they become even more odd when an eclipse is looming. We always dread the full moon, pretty as it is! :)


  4. LOL, I love the warty orangey pumpkin in the last photo - it's so ugly it doesn't NEED to be carved into a scary face!

    Hope we all get a better chance to see the eclipse next year!

    1. I m not sure about Warty---he s kinda icky?

  5. No eclipse visible on this side of the world. We did our own bit of plant shopping and plating last week while on the Eid Break. Those gentiana are beautiful. Such a lovely color. Give me a plain ol' orange pumpkin and I'll be happy. No sense of Fall around here. Still hot as heck during the day. Best wishes, Tammy

    1. I agree---I love a big orange pumpkin!


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