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During a recent 12 day trip through New England to photograph the famous fall colors we were a struck by the incredible beauty and serenity . Driving through the Berkshire mountains or traveling winding roads through the countryside of Vermont, the trees stand shimmering in the sun or sparkling in the dancing light of raindrops, an unimaginable array of color.
As we set up our tripods and prepared to shoot a particularly colorful scene with sugar maples reflected in a small pond out in the middle of the New York countryside, others began to pull over to photograph it as well. A man came over to tell me he drives by this pond every single day and always thinks to himself, ” I should really stop and take a picture of that-it’s so beautiful”….but he never had, until now.
His comment made me think about how often I fail to appreciate beautiful and praise worthy things that surround me and how often I forget to thank the one who provides them…
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Want to see more of Donna’s Inspirational Photography? Check Out Hidden Gardens of Santa Rosa
Fall is here and it’s time to clean up the garden! This weekend I pulled out the zucchini, a dozen ragged statice plants,some overgrown chard and a spent cucumber plant. Once everything is pulled out it’s a great time to add compost to refill your raised beds and get them ready for spring planting. I bought bags of Gro Mulch compost at Home Depot for $5.
African violets looks nice and full when you buy them. However, if you leave them that way you’ll soon notice it’s because there are two or more plants in the pot! They grow shoots out the sides and end up all twisted and crooked instead of nice and flat with flowers floating above the foliage. So, there are two good reasons to learn to divide them! You get free plants to keep or share and you get far more attractive plants.
I’m becoming a little obsessed with succulents! They offer texture and colors and variety, they’re easy to grow and lend themselves well to arrangements and decor both inside the house and outside in the garden!
Though we just visited Succulent Gardens in Castroville, Ca. a few weeks ago, I learned about their “Extravaganza” event happening this past weekend and just had to go back.
A trip to Beverly’s or Michael’s crafts usually means a visit to the sale section. Decorative bird cages were the hot buy a few weeks ago so I picked up a few and finally figured out what to do with them!
You can use them as bird feeders! Just put a saucer filled with seed inside-they love it!
You can also use one to hang a plant!
And, finally, you can use one to hang citronella candles at your next BBQ!
It’s fun to “re-purpose” things!
All photos by Donna Jones
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