Under a New Fallen Snow

There is a peace that permeates one’s being while walking through a garden after a new fallen snow.

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But along  with that peace comes a feeling of sadness as the realization of knowing another season comes to an end.

Blood Red Maple leaf on Praying Hands hosta

Endings may be not be what they appear

Purple Alyssum

Look into hidden corners of the garden and see what emerges from the snow cover ground

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Allow your eyes to be drawn to vibrant colors in an otherwise neutral landscape

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Rejoice in knowing this is not an end, only life passing through celestial cycles

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Beyond the Veil of Night – part two

Stepping outside into the blackness I knew I was not alone

Oblong-winged Katydid
Oblong-wing Katydid

I could hear the clicks, buzzing and underlying drone of creatures all around me

Common Black Ground Beetle
Common Black Ground Beetle

 

I felt the wisps of silken threads brush my body

Six-spotted Orb Weaver
Six-spotted Orb Weaver

 

Only the flash of light from my camera brought them into view

Brownish-gray Fishing Spider
Brownish-gray Fishing Spider

Beyond the Veil of Darkness

No moonlight illuminated the paths this night

The blackness appeared more intense like that of rich velvet

Yet I knew something waited just beyond

Vinca bud

Their scent was heightened by the their lack of visual beauty

Oriental Lily

I knew what I would find, but I did not know just as the blackness appeared more intense this night, so to were their colors

Turk's Cap Lily

Gerber Daisy

In previous years I’ve ventured out after dark

Please take a moment to see what past forays have revealed

Impending Darkness

Underwing

Just Beyond the Darkness

 

The Butterfly and the Liatris 

Tiger Swallowtail on Liatris

Mornings offer a quiet, peaceful time of day. The creatures of the garden are awakening and beginning their search for food. Upon finding an appropriate banquet they settle in and begin to feast. 

From Garden to Table: What happens when we have the time

It has been exactly 48 days since my last day of work. Interestingly enough my to do list has not grown any shorter.

Orange Day lily 

There are still weeds to pull, plants to be planted, vegetables to be harvested, meals to be cooked besides my official list of things to do.

Yellow summer squash twins 

Luckily I have Maddie to keep me on target. 

Maddie, my constant companion
Maddie, my constant companion

Time off has allowed me to focus on garden-to-table meals. I have always wanted  plan my growing season meals around what I’ve harvested.  Today I have an excess of yellow summer squash and string beans. 

Summer squash

Organic String beans
These string beans are from seeds gathered last fall. The third year this has been done!

They will become Summer Squash Gratin, a recipe from the New York Times, 

Summer Squash, red pepper and onions sauted in Herbes de Provence oil
Summer Squash, red pepper and onions sauteed in Herbes de Provence oil

and Roasted Parmesan Green Beans from Skinnytaste


 Be sure to click on the recipe links to check them out!  Both were delicious!

Stop back often to see the gardens in Real Time Share as well as other garden to table recipes.

 In addition October 1st the gardens and barn will be the backdrop for a wedding. Join me as I ready both for this festive occasion!

American Bank Barn Doors