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Nature's Inspiration Movie -- Nature's Inspiration Movie: The photographs in this short video are from award-winning photographer, Ken Jenkins, and they are breathtaking. However, this video is much more than beautiful photographs! Peggy Anderson has compiled beautiful quotations from the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, and many others that truly capture the beauty of nature and solitude. Absolute must watch for nature lovers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Beautiful Fall

I have been away from the blog for a long time as I needed to rush overseas, due to family emergencies, on August 12. I was away from my garden, during the peak growing, blooming and harvesting season, for about a month. By the time I came back in the middle of September, temperature was becoming cooler and the vegetable garden was slowing down. But, the fall flowers were in full bloom; the bees and the wasps were hurriedly slurping up the nectar before the cold harshness of the winter kicked in.

Flower of Okra (also known as ladies-finger). 
Okras are very easy to grow but they need a long time to mature and produce substantial harvest. If you live in a colder region (zone 6) like I do, then you should start growing this plant from around December. Soak the seeds for at least 8 hours in warm water. Then, after you plant the seeds, leave the seed-tray in a warm place. Okras like full sun and heat, and produces the best flower (in my opinion) in the vegetable-world. The plant is tall (can even grow about 8 feet or so), strong and sturdy. I have never tried this but I think it can be very good support for beans and peas.


Morning Glory
Morning Glories have no help in the garden, as pollinators do not visit them, other than being such beautiful, intricate and interesting flowers. The blooms close as soon as they are bathed in sun-light. But a word of caution -- these plants can become invasive as they produce lots of seeds; the seeds can fall everywhere and survive the harshest winter, and emerge the next-year. I like these trailing flowering plants and just let the seeds drop wherever they want. So far, they have not become that invasive in my garden.

The old-world Calendula
One can make Calendula lotion and oil from these flowers. Pick up the freshest flowers and spread them out on a flat dry surface but away from the sun. So, let them air-dry (but don't dry them in sun or in oven). Then, put the dried flowers in oil (whatever oil you like -- olive, coconut, almond -- and whatever oil suits your skin). Leave the flower-infused oil in a dark cupboard. After a month or so, you can start using the oil directly (you can take out the dried flowers if you want; or leave them in the oil); or you can make lotion, balm, etc by using bee-wax.

The old-fashioned Marigold with such lovely smell. 
I love Merigold flowers, the original ones with good fragrance; not all the various hybrids that are produced nowadays. Pollinators also love these old-ones, and not the newer-varieties. They are so easy to grow. Take the seeds and sprinkle them on the ground; forget about them. They survive the winter in the ground; then they spring up next-year producing so many flowers; they bloom constantly from spring until it starts snowing. Once you have one of these old-fashioned plants, you do not need to buy any more. They produce so much seeds, you can spread them all across your garden and thus have them every year.

Some kind of Gaillardia

Aster September-Ruby

Sheffield Pink Mum

Native wood-aster, a magnet for pollinators as shown in the next picture

Boneset or native Eupatorium Perfoliatum, another magnet for pollinators. Please click on the images to view the pollinators. I find this interesting -- pollinators, in large numbers, always visit all these wild native flowers than they do the hybrids. These wild Wood-Asters or Bonesets are the true wild native versions of the showy-asters (like September-Ruby or Sheffield-Pink) or Eupatorium (like Chocolate Joe-Pye-Weed), respectively. I wonder why? Do the natives have more pollen and nectar? Or are the pollinators know the natives better?

It's middle of November and lots of work need to be done in the garden before the winter sets in. So, back to office, home and garden work.

I'm joining in the memes hosted by Eileen,  Rambling WoodsSt Germain's and Today's Flowers meme.


  1. Hello, gorgeous flowers and beautiful images. In answer to your question I am in Florida, the gators are everywhere. I only use my Canon Sx40, it has great zoom. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day!

  2. How lovely it is to see your post! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you are having a great week! Thank you so much, as well, for your kind comment on my blog. I post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Take care of yourself, and you have made my day with your beautiful photos! :)

  3. Each and every one of these images are beautiful in their own right!! Wow.

  4. Okra, yum I like them. And the flower of it is so beautiful! Sorry your life went suddenly upside down. Hope your family is okay no? And you? Thanks so much for sharing your garden with ALL SEASONS (a small change, because google lists them alphabetically!) Have a great week, and hope your adjustment will be quick!

  5. Each season has its own beauty. I had no idea the first shot was an okra bloom! I really like the little white flowers.

  6. Beautiful autumn, indeed KL. I see your garden is in bloom till now, lovely tagetes, dahlias and calendula. My garden is under snow carpet now.

  7. The calendula shot is like a fresh fall breeze which until this moment meant warm and sunny.

  8. I really love the Okra flower (I also love to eat Okra). That Morning Glory is also quite wonderful.

  9. KL...I am so sorry to hear that you needed to go back home and I hope everything is OK for you. I did miss you and wondered where you were..I am learning so much from this post and the photos are wonderful as the snow falls here..I too am in zone 6...Michelle

  10. Such beautiful flowers, KL! I hope all is well now with your family.

    To answer your question on my blog post about Wateron Lakes National park--yes, it remains open all winter but many areas of the park might be inaccessible due to heavy snow. It would be best to check their website for further information about that. Thanks very much for your visit and comment!

  11. Your garden was still beautiful when you got back to it! Sorry you had to miss much of summer and early fall in it. Is that first flower the same okra that people eat?

  12. I grew okra in Mississippi and loved its height, its flowers, and its fruit. I've now lived in Oregon's Willamette Valley for 26 years and have never once seen okra. Most Mississippi plants will grow here where planted, but okra needs heat and a long growing season, and the Willamette Valley gets neither.

  13. I had no idea the first shot was an okra bloom! I really like the little white flowers.