Monthly Archives: October 2014

Carved and Ready

Carving pumpkins (the garden, from whence these pumpkins came is in the background)

Carving pumpkins (the garden, from whence these pumpkins came is in the background)

The Spy marks out his design

The Spy marks out his design

Inspiration (by the Spy)

Inspiration (by the Spy)

Hmmm this looks familiar...

Hmmm this looks familiar…

Hahahha (Source)

Hahahha (source)

For the record, this was unintentional, but after I noticed it looked like Nemo, I just went with it

For the record, this was unintentional, but after I noticed it looked like Nemo, I just went with it

Smoochie Carving

Smoochie Carving

Pumpkin Boy

Pumpkin Boy

Pumpkin Dad

Pumpkin Dad…

and…

Pumpkin Mom say, "You kids better behave!" Hahhaha

Pumpkin Mom say, “You kids better behave!” Hahhaha

Baby was indeed behaving but showed little interest in the carving until all the pumpkins were lit up in the dark. She was busy breaking in her Halloween costume for tomorrow. What will she be? A pumpkin, of course!

The piece de resistance! Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds

The piece de resistance! Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds

Rouge Vif d'Etampes pumpkin seeds

Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkin seeds

Check out this seed; it was so weird; like plastic!

Check out this seed; it was so weird; like plastic!

Looks like a dried out pumpkin seed in a plastic bag!

Looks like a dried out pumpkin seed in a plastic bag!

I wanted to carve the name “Rouge Vif d’Etampes” and “Atlantic Giant” into two of the pumpkins, alas, I didn’t have that sort of patience within me aujourd’hui. I tend to employ (and enjoy!) the rough, impulsive and unplanned form of pumpkin carving. But feel free to just imagine it. Lovely, right? HHAhaha Both of these two varieties of pumpkins are “curcurbita maxima” so there is a possibility that they cross pollinated, which would mean the seeds contain a combination of the two varieties’ genetic material. I think I had fully intended to only grow winter squash of different species within the curcurbita genus (there is maxima, pepo, mixta and moschata) so that they wouldn’t cross-pollinate so that I could save the seeds. The seeds look unique to each variety; but what do you think? How likely is it that they two varieties mixed and my seeds will grow Rouge Vif d’Atlantic Giant Etampes pumpkins?!

Spy Garden in St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine!

And what...

And what…

Do we have here?

Do we have here?

The November/December issue of St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine...

The November/December issue of St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine…

featuring,..

Baby?!

Baby?!

A SIX PAGE SPREAD!!!

A SIX PAGE SPREAD!!!

Enjoying the article from...

Enjoying the article from…

the garden living room.

the garden living room.

And the garden corner office.

And the garden corner office.

Ka CHOW!

Ka CHOW!

Sneak Peak!

Sneak Peak!

I got twenty hard copies to send to my nearest and dearest will also share the link to the digital version of the article when it becomes available on November first! The article is so well written and does a wonderful job of capturing the Spy Garden spirit. The magazine will be available locally (at Dierbergs, Schnucks, etc.) in a couple of weeks! In the meantime, please enjoy the usual Spy Garden happenings…

Upper Ground Sweet Potato

Upper Ground Sweet Potato

Sunflower

Sunflower

Very vibrant for fall!

Very vibrant for fall!

Pineapple Sage

Pineapple Sage

Humble (but fragrant!) lemon balm in the foregrouns and a thousand colors of fall in the background!

Humble (but fragrant!) lemon balm in the foreground and a thousand colors of fall in the background!

White mums

White mums

Nasturtiums nearly buried in leaves

Nasturtiums nearly buried in leaves

No frost yet and the yellow strawberries are producing overtime!

No frost yet and the yellow strawberries are producing overtime!

Picking strawberries

Picking strawberries

Baby, a skilled strawberry picker!

Baby, a skilled strawberry picker!

Handful of berries...

Handful of berries…

Mmmmm!

Mmmmm!

And more shots of strawberry picking,..

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Spy Garden 10.28.14

Spy Garden 10.28.14

Baby also enjoying peppers!

Baby also enjoying the peppers!

A very picturesque Dex (ie;)

A very picturesque Dex (ie;)

Baby with Leaves

Baby with Leaves

Baby with Swing

Baby with Swing

Kick off your shoes!

Kick off your shoes!

Weeeeeeee!

Weeeeeeee!

Baby...

Baby…

swinging!

swinging!

Fall Nights

Face Paint at The Spy's school's Fall Festival

Face Paint at The Spy’s school’s Fall Festival

The Spy on a very scary ride!

The Spy on a very scary ride!

Riding Shoes?

Riding Shoes?

Saddle up!

Saddle up!

Ready?

Ready?

Go!

Go!

Baby

Baby

…and another night…”Wicked Plants” night…

"Wicked Plants" Night

“Wicked Plants” Night

Spy Sister on a very large Adirondack

Spy Sister on a very large Adirondack

Spooky

Spooky

Crystal Ball?

Crystal Ball?

Sculpture

Sculpture

(if you can see where you're going)

(if you can see where you’re going)

Climatron

Climatron

White Orchid

White Orchids

Shadow in the Temperate House

Shadow in the Temperate House

Colorful...

Colorful…

Room

Room

Playing with fire (ba dum pshhhhh)

Playing with fire (ba dum pshhhhh)

Missouri Botanical Garden...

Missouri Botanical Garden…

...Mission Statement

…Mission Statement

Missouri Botanical Garden Blue Chandelier by Dale Chihuly

Missouri Botanical Garden Blue Chandelier by Dale Chihuly

So striking at night!

So striking at night!