Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Daylight "Savoring" Time

I STILL don't like this time change!  I just want to cry, kick and roll around in the leaves-- but my tantrum would not change the fact that it is dark by 4:45!  So I must stop feeling sorry for myself and get out there and enjoy the daylight I have (mostly on weekends). I am still putting a few things in the ground as time and weather permits.  I usually don't give up the fight until temps get in the 40s and below during the daytime.  I have been busily picking up bags of leaves on the curbsides and scattering them over my flowerbeds too. 
This is the first full year of growing for this camellia.  I can't remember if it's called Christmas Cheer or Yuletide?  This is the first bloom for this year.
I have been pleased with the acuba's ability to rebound.  I found 3 brutally uprooted and tossed in the trash heap last year and rescued them.  They have proven to be beautiful and tough and very tolerant of dry shade.  I think I'll keep them! 
I thought these persimmons made a pretty picture against the blue sky.  We have a couple of small trees that have been loaded down this year.  Last year there were hardly any.  I have actually eaten a few of them...tasty.

Oh to see the fresh green variegation of Italian Arum--a delight when so much is brown.
I plan to use these pretty rose hips in some winter arrangements soon.
That's about the size of things here in southern middle Tennessee for November.  I am not relishing the winter that lies ahead but God knows best.  He knows we gardeners would work our fool selves to death if He didn't run us inside for a few months each year! 


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who whines about losing Daylight Savings Time. Who cares if it gets light earlier in the morning, it's awful to have the sun set before 5:00. As soon as time changes, I start to hibernate ... and it practically takes dynamite to get me moving. Is it spring yet?

  2. I had to laugh--I think gardeners would work themselves to death if we could!! I've taken the opportunity to start looking forward to my other favorite hobby. .BAKING!! Enjoy what's left of the fall!

  3. Hi Jennifer! How lucky you are to have persimmons in your garden! For us, they are exotics! I love them! I was also glad to see your Arum. I got one plant from a friend recently. It looks almost tropical, and I was excited to learn that it will grow in our climate in winter. Your camellia is pretty, and as you said, the rose hips will look great in winter arrangements.