I think this furry visitor is a male so now I have to come up with another name .. Mr. Gray ?
He is hiding behind the dreaded lilac of misfortune .. the poor thing is slated to be coming out in the Spring and my hunt for the "Korean Maple" is my ultimate goal .. I will be heart broken if I can't get my hands on one .. this really is a serious mission for me !
For now .. Mr. Gray looks back at me wondering what is "she" going to do about me ?
When I saw this shot it struck me .. all of the browny? beige surrounding this amazing gray green lavender .. I saved the full sized one because some pictures just strike me and I know I will want to have them for matting and framing some day (when I win the lottery ? ;-)
What can I say about the Maypop monster .. Kathleen is totally amazed as am I .. we both started out with tiny "weedlings" not much more than 3 or 4 inches and mine has grown to monster proportions but yielded only ONE flower for all of its efforts ..
I just know it is hexed and will not come back next year .. or if it does .. it will once again yield the ONE flower mystery ??
I'm fascinated by all the curly cues ??
So .. another amazing feat is the little herb pots that are still surviving .. I haven't watered them literally for months .. just what ever rain hits them .. that is it ! .. the parsley, rosemary, oregano it is all alive still and I am in awe of it all : )
This oregano, which another gardener kindly let me know I was calling it thyme (oops ! red faced) .. in any case .. it started out green for the season .. then with a few cool nights it turned this beautiful burgundy .. you can hardly see the golden sage behind it but it contrasts so wonderfully .. I hope I can find it again next year !
This is when the afternoon light was spectacular .. it caught this wee shoot of the Maypop resting against the rough timber of the deck .. again the contrast in light , colour and texture just grabbed my attention.
Grace spoke of an analogy with these Hens'Chicks .. like teenage daughters scrambling to escape the mother hen .. that will stick in my mind forever now Grace .. it still makes me giggle girl !
Shadows in that afternoon light .. simply beautiful : )
The sky was absolutely cloud free .. such a gorgeous blue .. it was almost like the bare tree limbs were stretching towards the sky for a hug ?
Then the pale moon was hanging there .. seeing it in the afternoon light .. again it was stunning altogether .. now this evening .. the clouds rolled in and the rain is pounding against the windows. I'm sad I didn't get out more when that glorious day/afternoon was so beautiful.