Late September in the Garden and a Decade of Marriage!

Changing Leaves

Changing Leaves

Golden Fall Light

Golden Fall Light

Can you spy Spy Garden? I like this view because it's sort of hidden because of the slope of the yard.

Can you spy Spy Garden? I like this view because it’s sort of hidden because of the slope of the yard.

Teepee

Teepee

Another view of the teepee

Another view of the teepee

Love this eucalyptus. I am going to dig it up and put it in a big pot to bring inside for the winter (as it won't necessarily survive a hard frost).

Love this eucalyptus. I am going to dig it up and put it in a big pot to bring inside for the winter (as it won’t necessarily survive a hard frost).

Sioux Tomatoes

Sioux Tomatoes

Purple Opal Basil (and other varieties of basil) among the row of tomatoes)

Purple Opal Basil (and other varieties of basil) among the row of tomatoes)

Herbs and Marigolds

Herbs and Marigolds

Facing north in the garden

Facing north in the garden

Minimalist Corn

Minimalist Corn

We always grow corn; mostly for the ornamental value (gotta have corn stalks for fall decor!) This year the corn set only sad little ears with irregular rows of kernels. I think this is because it was in a row that just does not get enough sun.

Sunflowers and corn stalk decor in progress.

Sunflowers and corn stalk decor in progress.

Upper Ground Sweet Potato on the Teepee

Upper Ground Sweet Potato on the Teepee

Big...

Big…

Mushroom

Mushroom

Pure White (colored by the fall light)

Pure White (colored by the fall light)

Late September Garden

Late September Garden

The knockout rose bush in the foreground has done so well this year. I pruned it aggressively in the spring and always pick off the buds left after the blooms are spent; this encourages new growth and lots of flowers. I’m thinking of expanding this little plot to be a larger rose garden. It would obscure this view of the garden a bit (this view is looking from the front porch of our house). But that might give it a more secret-garden feel! Eventually, will there be any grass left in our yard? ahhaah

Knockout Rose

Knockout Rose

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus in sunset-light

Hibiscus in sunset-light

Rouge Vif d'Etampes getting more deeply rouge (red) by the day!

Rouge Vif d’Etampes getting more deeply rouge (red) by the day!

A few hundred yards from our garden…a hike in the woods across the street…

Hiking

Hiking

Woods

Woods

There are tons of these bright orange mushrooms in the woods.

There are tons of these bright orange mushrooms in the woods.

The Spy

The Spy

Clearing

Clearing

Very...

Very…

Prairie

Prairie

If you walk through the prairie...

If you walk through the prairie…

Back in the garden…

What's this?!

What’s this?!

My wedding dress! Ten years ago, Smoochie and I got married! Technically, it was one decade and one month ago. We were so busy digging and prepping for the St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine photo shoot on August 20th, we actually forgot our anniversary and both remembered later that night. But, not to worry, we’ll do something fun to celebrate at some point. For now, a few pictures of my dress will have to suffice! We eloped in a garden in northern Vermont; so really this is quite fitting.

Wedding Dress on the Teepee

Wedding Dress on the Teepee

After we were married we took pictures; a few with a scarecrow where we pretended the scarecrow was the justice of the peace marrying us. Hahaha. Perhaps Spy Garden needs a scarecrow in honor of a decade of marriage?! A reenactment?!

Wedding Dress Floating in Mid-Air (hanging on the deer fence ;)

Wedding Dress Floating in Mid-Air (hanging on the deer fence ;)

Happy weekend friends! Do you have any plans for your fall (or to my southern hemisphere friends, spring!) gardens? Baby and I are headed to her school garden (Squirrely Garden) for an exciting event. The Spy and Smoochie are off to baseball practice. Later, we’ll be doing some fall clean up in our garden. A writer from St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine is coming to interview us (they want quotes from the kids too!) tomorrow! There is no better excuse to deep clean your house (and garden) then someone from a home and lifestyle magazine coming to call, right?! hhHAhahhaha

16 thoughts on “Late September in the Garden and a Decade of Marriage!

  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!

    One of the things I love most about your garden is that it’s in the middle of the woods.

    I got those little burrs in my hair a month ago when I pulled some weeds, put them into a big pile, then hoisted it to carry it to the compost pile. Duct tape would not have helped there! (nice tip though Eliza!)

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  2. narf77

    Kudos on making it for 10 years. It’s hard work but much like a garden, it pays off in great dividends :). Those pumpkins are HUGE! Almost time to engrave them Spy Garden style. I bet The Spy is itching to get his pocket knife onto those babies ;). Love that you eloped…so did we ;). Digging holes and filling them up again (with poles and concrete) to extend the dogs compound and give us an actual factual “yard” again. A place where I can plant out trees and not worry that the wallabies are going to graze them into oblivion. Wallabies in the South = Deer in the North. I think I will pass on the magazine shoot idea, too busy to keep the house immaculate just at the moment ;)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      That’s cool you eloped too! Yes, I haven’t even thought of possibilities for pumpkin carving yet, but we certainly need to do something extra special with that big one. Congrats on the Wallaby fence!

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      1. narf77

        Yup, cept our elopment wasn’t to a garden. We eloped to a small church behind our house and told everyone after the event ;). I had to zoom down to where I was working (pizza hut, I was a dough prep cook) and ask my boss if she would be a witness at the last minute as we thought that we only needed one. She was chuffed to elope along with us ;). I reckon that The Spy could make himself a pirate ship out of that HUGE pumpkin and could sail down the slopes at Chez Spy ;)

  3. Benjamin

    Absolutely beautiful! Love the pumpkin hammock. Beginning fall prep here at the Nest of Squirrels-Bittersweet to say goodbye to all the hardworking summer plants, but nice to get things cleaned up, put away and ready for next year. Happy Anniversary!

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  4. Eliza Waters

    Happy belated anniversary! Time flies when you’re having fun! :-) Your eucalyptus has grown so large, it was a tiny thing when you planted it. Love the red hibiscus. Corn is pollinated by wind bringing pollen to the silk, so when you do not have a lot of stalks, you won’t get good kernel count on the cobs. For next year, try planting in cubes, rather than rows and take a tassel from another plant to dust the silk with pollen (I believe they don’t self-pollinate, but need cross pollination). For the stick-tight seeds on the Spy’s pants, try duct tape to pull off the seeds. Lastly, have you ever done mushroom spore prints with the kids? Place a gilled mushroom cap gills down (like the one shown) on a white piece of paper, put in a draft-free place for a few days. Carefully lift cap and there will be a print of spores left behind. Kinda cool to see the patterns. Have a great weekend and good luck with the interview – I hope they have an online version for us to see!

    On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM, Spy Garden wrote:

    > Spy Garden posted: ” We always grow corn; mostly for the ornamental > value (gotta have corn stalks for fall decor!) This year the corn set only > sad little ears with irregular rows of kernels. I think this is because it > was in a row t”

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks for the great tips. Definitely going to try the spore prints ASAP! As there are so many different varieties of mushrooms popping up. Yes, there is a digital version of the magazine so will definitely post a link; it’s going to be in the Nov/Dec issue!

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