My Husband and I love New Hampshire all year round, but it's especially beautiful in the fall season. This year we were able to take a trip the last weekend in September when the fall foliage viewing was at it's peak! There is a great website dedicated to fall foliage viewing. If you're interested in peak foliage viewing visit leafpeepers.com. This trip we stayed at one of my favorite hotels of all time, The Mount Washington Hotel. This hotel is beautiful and the view from the veranda will instantly relax you while you sit on their comfy cushions sipping a glass of wine.
I'd love to know how they keep their Petunias so pretty, mine never do well after they come home from the store.
My first fly fishing lesson. I didn't catch anything, but the view was spectacular! It's not easy landing the line softly on the waters surface trying to mimic a bug. After I got the hang of it a bit, it was really fun. I bet early morning fly fishing on a secluded waterway is quite relaxing.
This is one of my all time favorite hotels. I love the bright red roof in the fall and the winter!
The view just driving along the road...
The Fall is a great time to get outside!
The Kancamagus Highway also known as "The Kanc" is one of the most scenic roads in the world! We took a ride along The Kanc as the sun was setting. If you're in the North Conway area of NH definitely take a drive along The Kanc. If you like a great road ride on your cycle this is a good for that too!
This is a close up of that stunning tree above!
A little rain won't stop me! In fact, I was really excited to get out and see my garden on this early fall day with the rain coming down.
I was surprised to see this Foxglove blooming long after the others had faded away. It's very pretty, too bad we won't enjoy these colors next year. We planted a bunch of fox glove in the early summer, some established and some really small plants. Our plan was to have some flowering this year and some next year. I guess we'll see this guy in the 2016 crowd!
The Blueberry bushes have started to change to a brilliant red! I have to dig these up and replant them soon, they're planted too deep in the ground.
My curious kitty Bonzo was peeking at me through the window.
Morning Glory! Bright purple flowers, it climbs (I love anything that climbs) and the leaves are heart shaped! What a pretty vine! I can't wait until it's climbed all over the stone walls of our vegetable garden.
I love the Soloman's Seal that we planted this year in our shade garden. It did not flower because we planted it mid-summer, but the leaves are so pretty on their own that the flowers just like seem like a bonus anyway, next year, we'll see.
Mr. Pine Tree. We love our tall old timers at The Kingdom!
I've planted many climbers throughout our landscape this year and they all seem to be doing okay. These roses were planted in the late Spring. They are a creamy, coral-y, pink-y color that I really like. They finally made it to the arch in the early fall, yay! I hope this gateway will eventually be covered in roses. I just LOVE anything that climbs.
Summer has come to an end. These Helianthus plants are my husband's favorite addition to the garden this year. They took off and were covered with bees through the late summer.
I really like characters in a garden. I'm always on the look out for fun friends to add to the landscape. Mr. Lion is getting old, he looks like he has freckles!
This Limelight Hydrangea was planted in the Fall of 2013. We bought it on sale and we weren't even sure if the plant would make it, but he's pulled through and now he's showing off his beautiful fall colors.
He doesn't mind a little rain.
I love Moss!
We trimmed this rose below it's grafting point by mistake last year, and now we have this white color where there used to be a dark red. I don't mind it so much.
I have this small tree out front of my house. I'm not sure what it is, but it's quite pretty. It is turing a muted cast of fall colors.
I planted these mums during the summer months in a partly sunny location.
Spring 2013- I'd always wanted a vegetable garden filled with tomatoes, peppers , herbs and perhaps some neighboring berries. My husband and I had a really great square section of land that is right outside of our kitchen door and I was eyeing it up for some time! The space was filled with Pachysandra planted by the previous owners, and really had no purpose. So we decided to reclaim that area and my husband said "We'll call it, Jenny's Garden", and so in the early Spring of 2013 we got to pulling and tossing, and after hours of work over two weekends Jenny's Garden was born! My husband tilled and amended all of the soil. He added Peat Moss, Black Gold and Garden Soil bought from Home Depot. We covered the area with landscape fabric to be sure we would rid ourselves of the Pachysandra and cut holes where we planned to plant, and we mulched the whole area. The first year I started from seeds indoor and I was moderately successful. I had long beans from India that did well, they grew and grew and grew, they were actually a bit out of control. Our tomatoes were a delicious success, and the rosemary did really well, too! However, my cucumbers which were the first seedlings to break through the soil and cause great excitement for me... had no hope once in the garden. They grew a bit, but never produced. We also bought a raised planting box for the herbs, but we didn't realize there were no drainage holes so all of our herbs (aside from the rosemary, separate container) didn't do so well. It's amazing how much there is to learn, and it's equally amazing how a little garden of veggies can connect you with other people, memories from childhood and mother nature.
The Cercidiphyllum japonicum or Katura Tree has leaves that smell like cotton candy once they fall off of the tree. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=j710
Lespedeza, common name 'Bush Clover' is a weepy shrub with a woody stem and purple pea like flowers.
The purple Aster are showing off their beautiful fall brilliance with bright purple flowers.
The Chionanthis also known by the common name Fringe Tree is a spring flowering tree. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c120
The Chaenomeles speciosa or commonly known as Flowering Quince Tree has fruit that can be used to make Jams and Jellies.
This tree has a nice fragrance and it has simple, alternate, central vein leaves.http://www.thegardenhelper.com/quince.html
The Franklinia alatamaha or commonly known as a Franklin Tree. This is a rare treehttp://www.terrain.org/articles/18/rowland.htm
The Abelia × grandiflora commonly known as Glossy Abelia has beautiful glossy leaves that are opposite simple. This is a fragrant shrub with delicate white flowers. This is a good shrub to attract late season bees.
The Poncirus trifoliata or Hardy Orange Tree is native of China. This tree has a whimsical appearance with spikes and orange yellow fruit. http://www.eattheweeds.com/hardy-orange/
Walkways should always lead to something or somewhere...
The Magnolia tripetala or commonly known as Umbrella Tree has large leaves and very large flowers when in bloom.http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=MATR
The Rhodotypos scandens commonly known as Black Jetbead Shrub is a scraggly old fashioned shrub sometimes considered invasive. It has clusters of berries that usually stay through the winter and look nice in the snow. It has a black/purple color on the underside of the simple opposite leaves.
The Prickly Ash Tree, botanical name 'Zanthoxylum americanum' is also known as the 'Toothache tree' because Native Americans chewed the bark or fruits (producing a numbing effect) for relief from toothache pain. This tree has odd pinnate leaves and
The Monkey Puzzle Tree, botanical name 'Araucaria araucana' is an example of pushing the zone in Pennsylvania.