This red-lipped ceramic vessel with the closed eyes makes me smile every morning when I walk into the kitchen. 

Now I wish I’d picked up her male counterpart when they had it in my grocery store, because they no longer sell them.

You put off buying something, telling yourself you’re just not quite sure yet. And then it’s no longer around, so the decision is made for you.

There aren’t many petunias left. 

This flower is surrounded by dried up leaves. Reminds me of someone blooming in less than hospitable surroundings. 

An apt motto for life. To bloom where you are planted. To accept where you currently live, and to embrace that space and make it your own.

Every day I spend several hours out on the patio getting things ready for fall. 

Snipping and trimming the lemon grass so the sun can get to other plants underneath it. 

Like my one tomato plant. It has more yellow flowers on it, which means more tomatoes. But the huge lemon grass was shadowing it.

I enjoy these cooler days with the sun shining down while doing these tasks. There’s always something to do in a garden.

A daisy preparing to bloom. 

I just love to take photos of flowers in the transformation they make from bud to bloom to flower.

The above photo is what this daisy looks like as the individual petals begin to unfold.

I’m so relieved that the problem trees are cut down, though I miss their shade and the way they helped hide the view of the back of the strip mall.

But that is just another challenge. To attempt to hide some of that ugly view. I look forward to that challenge.

An image from the right side of my couch. Don’t you just love the patina of old vintage boxes?

And last but certainly not least, Jade’s leaves are starting to turn various shades of yellow. 
They told me at the nursery to be sure I watered Jade throughout the winter. The first year you have a tree is the most important to make sure it gets a good start.

I’m afraid if I can’t see it from where I sit on the couch, I might forget to check the soil for moisture on a daily basis. So I’ve rolled Jade where I can view it. I’ll move it down the line.

The leaves will be falling off Jade in the next few weeks I think, since the leaves are turning. 

Come spring when I’m planning out the look of my summer patio, I will move Jade to a better spot as the buds form for another season.

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  1. Your patio is lovely. We have a French saying that goes "where the goat is tied, it grazes", which is the translation for "bloom where you are planted". My mom kept repeating it to me when I was young.

  2. Hello Brenda, I am so glad to have wondered into your blog world. I look forward to reading your posts every day now. Had to laugh at Alice's comment about the Ginko tree. Yes, the female does smell TERRIBLE. We camp in our motor home in Kentucky during the summer and the campground has so many of these nasty trees – the only negative thing about the campground though 🙂 I noticed your hygge book in your basket – such a wonderful concept to strive for every day I think. Thanks for a beautiful place to visit.

  3. Your patio is still looking good! I can't wait to see how Jade does on your patio. I'll have to look it up to see if it tolerates a lot of sun and heat. It would be nice to have one on my patio which gets so much sun and heat in the summer.

  4. I love the flower photos in this post showing the bloom sequences of the daisy. And I noticed that the johnny jump-ups and pansies are still looking pretty. And Jade looks right at home among all the other plants. So Jade is a male plant? I must be careful not to say 'she' when speaking about him, then! I didn't know that the female plants were not so desirable because of the odor of their fruit.

    I know that winter has not officially begun yet, but I find myself looking forward to spring already! Partly to see what you do with your patio! Happy dreaming!

  5. Hi Brenda,
    I've never heard a Ginko tree called a Jade Butterfly tree that must be a regional name for it. I have several that I've started from seed. Yours must be a hybrid of the type that I have here in Bucks County, PA. The full grown trees here are huge. I'm growing mine in pots to give my grandchildren. I grew up in Philadelphia and the Ginkos were planted all along Broad Street and the Ro Blvd. Lots of female trees were planted before the city realized how bad the fruits smelled! I don''t belive anyone sells the female plants now. They are glorious trees though and I hope that you enjoy your potted one as much as I'm enjoying mine.
    I always look for your posts as soon as I get on the computer. You have brightened many a day for me.

  6. You are such a great photographer.

    I'd never heard of a Jade Butterfly Tree till you got one. Very unique leaf shape. They look like flower petals.

  7. I always love your ideas and enjoy coming here. I learned a long time ago about impulse buying. I have passed things up only to decide later I really wanted the thing, then go back and it is no longer there. I toss that little "do I really need it, or do I just want it" around in my head. But, sometimes a gal just needs to treat herself and buy the dang thing!

  8. I just looked up that tree, it's a Ginkgo Biloba tree, but a fruitless one. 10 year size is about 6' x 4' – perfect for a patio! I think my next tree purchase is going to be a Peegee Hydrangea. I wonder how that would do in a pot on your patio? I haven't picked out the spot for it yet, but I know it's in my future!

  9. I love how you pay attention to the changes in your plants, like the petals opening. Nature is a wonder.
    Re your view and shade, what about a big umbrella in the summer?
    And on the tomatoes, ours are still going gangbusters. Cherry tomatoes produce until Christmas here. By then the output dwindles, but small tastes of summer all the same.

  10. I look forward to reading your post everyday! Nothing done to please anyone but yourself. The photos of your apartment make me feel that it's a very comfortable, inviting home.

  11. Good Morning Brenda, You are a wonderful writer. I so enjoy reading your blog every morning with my coffee. It is very windy here in western Wisconsin this morning. I am hoping that maybe it will blow my neighbors leaves on down the road.. Take care & have a wonderful day!

  12. Just gorgeous!!! I get so much inspiration from you…. I do have a yard.. but my joy is on my deck… love container plants & flowers.. settling in at the table with a good book and maybe some coffee or iced tea… ( since I am in Florida !!) lol…. watching the butterflies… yep!!! Sooooo… getting some really good ideas from your posts!!


    Hi. This is a link to an article about gingko trees at a historic site in Lexington KY. I've taken many walks at this site and the surrounding neighborhood that also has many gingko trees. These are full-size trees, and some are female, so they aren't exactly like your smaller version. But since the trees are related there are similarities, and I thought you'd enjoy the article and the photos in particular. When the leaves fall from these trees it's like a shower of sunshine. It's so good that you won't have the smell and mess of the female's seeds to deal with. But be careful — gingko leaves on the ground are slippery, particularly when wet. You might want to gather the leaves up quickly and toss them onto your flowerbeds where you can still enjoy their color and shape.

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