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Artichokes, Mr. Fokker anemone, erysimum (bowles' mauve), and pink roses

Artichokes, Mr. Fokker anemone, Erysimum (bowles’ mauve), and pink roses.

These pictures of the flowers in the vase were taken on November 9th, 2013.  I had to write that as it seems crazy to have such pretty flowers in November!  Granted, only the roses look nice on their own in the garden now, but when I put them all together they really did look nice!

My roses at the front gate.

My roses at the front gate in November.

My roses are doing O.K., despite having had black spot this summer.

My favorite color: pink.

My favorite color: pink.

The artichokes and anemone don’t look quite as pretty today.

Globe artichoke flowers in November.

Globe artichoke flowers in November.

Mr. Fokker anemone in November.

Mr. Fokker anemone in November. These guys get beaten by the wind in our yard!

But just a few weeks ago in October, they were stunning!

Globe artichoke in October.

Globe artichoke in October.

Globe artichoke with erysimum in October.

Globe artichoke with Erysimum bowles’ mauve in the background  in October.

A globe artichoke plant in full bloom.

A globe artichoke plant in full bloom in October.

Erysimum bowles' mauve in October.

Erysimum bowles’ mauve in October.

Pink Japanese anemone with dahlia and Erysimum bowles' mauve in background.

Pink Japanese anemone with dahlia and Erysimum bowles’ mauve in background. These anemone have been terribly beaten by the wind at this stage! So they didn’t make it into my bouquet.

It seems that I had lots of pretty pictures of these lovely plants and I just had to share them with you!  But back to November:

A vase of flowers in November.

A vase of flowers in November (before I added roses). Our beech hedging is changing color.

We had company this weekend, and I wanted to have something pretty on the table.  I went into the garden to see what I could put together and was delighted with my little bouquet!

Fall bouquet albeit pink & purples...

Fall bouquet albeit pink & purples…

Taking pictures of flowers works best outside.  I was really pushing my luck as it was very late in the afternoon when I finally got around to my fun “work” of getting flowers!  I had the very last bit of sunlight to take the pictures!

Artichokes, Mr. Fokker anemone, Erysimum (bowles' mauve), and pink roses

Artichokes, Mr. Fokker anemone, Erysimum (bowles’ mauve), and pink roses.

The bouquet indoors.

The bouquet indoors.

But maybe it doesn’t look that much different inside.

The table is set for company.

The table is set for company.

A little bit of the garden brought inside.

A little bit of the garden brought inside.

It was nice having friends over to visit.  I made Guinness stew, per request.  I was able to use our own onions, and potatoes.   My 13 year old daughter was very kind and made brown bread (which was delicious) to go with dinner.  While the bread was baking, she also made us flour-less chocolate cake!  It, too, was fabulous!  I should really do a post about the brown bread. It is an easy recipe, and authentic as it is my mother-in-law’s recipe!  I will post about it the next time we make it.

And that, my dear people, is my 100th Mom in the Garden post!  I’ve also hit the big “10,000 views” for my wee little blog!  I am chuffed to have had so many visitors, likes, and wonderful comments to my blog!  Thank you!  I realize this pace isn’t going to break any records, but blogging is something I truly enjoy and I do it for that enjoyment.

Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey!

Happy fall!
Dana

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