The other day I was sitting in Studio Gardens (the area in front of my art studio) enjoying the early evening and early fall. You wouldn’t know it was fall except it’s very dry. I’m watering more now than all summer it feels like. The temperatures have been pretty higher than normal for this time of year.
I’m enjoying the warm temperatures though. Times like this, listening to my waterfall trickle into the koi pond and the crickets singing always feels almost perfect. The air is not as humid as summer and as the sun goes down, so does the temperatures. The nights are getting chilly and it won’t be long and I’ll be wearing jackets and pants.
I’m behind on getting my greenhouse cleaned out, so my houseplants are still outside. It’s been plenty warm for them to be outside but it’s time to move them in. Their summer vacation is over.
Part of me is ready to slow down with all the watering, which takes me a couple hours, but part of me wishes it lasted all year long. I love gardening and summer allows me to have a jungle in my yard. Fall is more comfortable for outdoor activities except swimming and most of the plants seem to welcome the rest from the harsh late summer sun. Blooms have a little more vibrant color to them and my cooler loving nasturtiums are perking up.
They are looking so healthy right now, but will get really leggy when I put them in the greenhouse because it gets quite warm in there while the sun is out. They are a plant I love to have in the greenhouse.
Talk about healthy, how about these colocasia growing in my koi pond? They absolutely love it in this space. I’ll have to just let them die, as the roots are a tangled mess in with the waterfall rocks.
Another cool loving plant are these snapdragons. They have been doing great actually most of the summer too except the squirrels love to munch them down to nothing. These grew back from stubs left from that varmint!
Fall brings many art shows and Christmas time crunch for me. I’m currently working on a commission of a sea turtle painting. I’m also making big plans for my Halloween Costume this year! My friend is hosting a Halloween Party and I’m helping out. I’ll be searching through all my previous costumes and decide what I’ll create next. Got any good ideas? I love it scary!
Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page in the menu at the top. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery.
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