Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This week in my garden

Good morning, blog friends!
This has been a deliciously busy time in my life and I haven't been playing with my big camera as often as I used to. I was home on Sunday and the light was just right so I grabbed my camera and headed outside for a walk around our garden.



My actual "garden space" has been sorely neglected - I haven't played in the dirt in over four months! Save for a volunteer shrub and a ratty looking snapdragon that are barely hanging on, the only things thriving are the ice plant and rosemary.


Nights are cooler now and our turtles are slowing down. I'm making myself not worry about them this winter...turtles have been hibernating for forever and resurfacing every spring. Right? {sigh. Still, I worry...}
 
It looks like we'll have a fairly decent blood orange crop this year, {yes, I will most likely try my hand at marmalade again in January...} but our trees aren't looking very healthy. They live in the shade of a giant eucalyptus tree so sunlight isn't abundant for them. Still, by some lovely miracle of nature, they bear fruit...
 
Oh that yummy November sunlight...

A little over a year ago I started this pencil cactus from some clippings I helped myself to, and I love how it's branching out among the ice plant...


Thanks to Doug, we have a beautiful winter lawn again this year so at least something is thriving out back! While other parts of the planet are preparing for winter and keeping warm inside, we are finally able to enjoy sitting outside without heat exhaustion.





So there you have it, a little look around our garden and a quick note from me to say hello. It's Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., and Christmas is seeping in. I have things to bake, things to make, and stuff to wrap. I have an anatomy project to complete for my yoga teacher training, and a few classes to sequence and document. I have a road trip to plan for next weekend, and a two-week vacation at the end of the year. I have the best friends and family on the planet, and a life that I am so grateful for.

Wishing all of my friends in the U.S. a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
And to all who read this, my gratitude for the time you take to visit PaperTurtle.

14 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

Your garden certainly doesn't look neglected.....lovely as always.

Ruth said...

I'm determined to sit in that garden with you one day! Texas ain't so far ... in the grand scheme of things ... but now it seems you won't be home when I am in Houston ...

Susi said...

I'd love it if my garden looked half as nice as yours, maybe next Spring. I've never heard of a nice plant but I like it. That two week vacation sounds nice. I only have 6 months until I retire from a job I've worked at for 40 years. Trust me I'm counting the days.
Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Becky said...

Your garden looks lovely to sit in - so cold and rainy here! Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and some lovely family time xx

debs14 said...

Winter sunshine, you lucky girl!
A lovely view of your garden- thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

You'd think I wouldn't be envious of your warmth and lovely garden so early in the winter season, but the minute all the leaves fall off the tree, I'm already pining for spring and warmer temperatures. Your garden is so pretty.

Alison said...

A lovely catch up Deb....it's a good time for our gardens too...and like you, I love being able to do things outside without being roasted alive! Xx

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I love to see the plants in your garden. So different from ours, other than the rosemary. Your lawn looks so lush and green. Not what I'd expect in the desert! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours x

Sian said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Deb.

I love it when you post photos with your beautiful light. They lift our grey skies here!

Miriam said...

What a lovely walk around your garden on a cold, grey, rainy, miserable day, here in my corner of the UK. Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours deb. My ZIZO post this week will have you in mind. x

Helen Philipps said...

I enjoyed seeing your sunny garden, the plants and oranges........so light and bright!
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving, Deb!
Helen xox

Cate Brickell said...

Happy thanksgiving to you all

Your garden looks amazing for a neglected space, and your photos are stunning as always

tainted with a positive view said...

Your backyard looks so inviting!

Gail said...

What a lovely looking backyard and a great shot of the iceplant. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and are enjoying the long weekend.

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