Sunday, October 3, 2010

Leaves Everywhere But My Bird of Paradise Bloomed



I originally posted this on November 17, 2009, almost a year ago and our backyard looks so different now.


I am linking with Chari for Sunday Favorites at http://happytodesign.blogspot.com/ and


The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday at http://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/
Hop on over to their posts and check them out and their participants'.


This is my 199th post. Can you believe it? I will have a giveaway but I won't know what they are yet except for the pink egg cup on a pedestal set I showed you in my London post. If you leave me a comment on my 200th post which will be Tablescape Thursday, I will enter your name in the drawing.


But for now, let me join Outdoor Wednesday with Susan at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/. To see more outdoor fun, go visit her and her participants.

It is finally Fall here. Looks like the leaves' colors changed while we were in Europe. Another change was that my Bird of Paradise flower opened up. Isn't she pretty? Please ignore the leaves. I am waiting for the gardener to rake them but he has not shown up, must be busy raking leaves from other yards.


See the squirrel on the tree? I had to really zoom it cause I was taking this picture from inside the house.
The pool and the deck is full of leaves. This is how they look like every morning before we clean them u p.


I love the different earth tones. Do you like my new cloches? I bought them from a local shop that was having a 50% off sale.





And after cleaning, the pool looks good again!


Thanks for coming by. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my 200th post and to enter for the giveaway.


Thank you Susan, for hosting this outdoor meme.
Thanks to Chari and the tablescaper too.

30 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

Christine, that bird of paradise is breathtaking! Your yard is just gorgeous, no wonder the flower wanted to bloom. It looks like paradise to me! Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Kathy

susan said...

Christine--It really does look like a bird--good photo!! It is beautiful. We don't cover our pool either and it is an endless task keeping the leaves out! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous bird of paradise!

nannykim said...

oh ha! I noticed the cloche's right away!! I still don't have any!

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ellen b. said...

Hello Christine! I really enjoyed your header and your Blue and your Outdoor post. You have some lovely sights around you each day to enjoy!! Blessings...

Just Breathe said...

Are the cloches the glass tops?
Yes, the pool looks wonderful after the cleaning. I don't miss that,but I do miss the pool! I love Bird of Paradise.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Christine,
I need to come visit you someday and sit by that gorgeous pool! Love your pics girl! hugs, Cindy

Really Rainey said...

Fantastic photos of your Bird of Paradise! I have had one in the ground for 3 years and still no blooms... They take their sweet time.. but when they bloom they light up the whole yard! Gorgeous!
Did you see my post about my agave blooming? You might find it interesting since you are a fellow gardener.
Take care there...
~Rainey~

Sares said...

It's certainly looking like Fall at your house too. I love the Fall colors. Congratulations on your 200th post, isn't it amazing how quickly it comes up? I'm right around there too!

linda said...

Your bird of paradise is beautiful. So funny, I posted a picture of one this week also.

I love your cloches and they look great on your patio table, just perfect.

Your yard is beautiful, it looks so inviting!

I'm having a giveaway also...you'll have to stop by!

Maggie B said...

Hi Christine,
Beautiful flower, beautiful garden, beautiful pool, beautiful mosaic........all just beautiful
Maggie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, your Bird of Paradise is amazing! What a treat to get to see it! Your pool looks gorgeous. You are really going to have to start listening to me when I tell you something. Obviously, you have figured out all of the ins-and-outs of Photoscape and you are doing a fabulous job with your mosaics! laurie

Kerri Deitsch said...

It really looks like fall there now! The trees are much more fall colored!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' your bird of paradise, and the new cloches are beautiful!

Natasha said...

Fall is looking so lovely at your place! Your cloches are gorgeous and your garden looks so pretty. Enjoy it all while the weather is still fine!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Mary said...

Lovely setting & pool~ what beautiful color on your Bird of Paradise!

Diann said...

Hi Christine!

Everything looks just beautiful! That bird of paradise flower is just gorgeous!

The Tablescaper said...

Christine:

It seems like a juxtaposition to see the leaves down and the very tropical bird of paradise blooming. Very cool.

LOVE those cloches. The stands are AMAZING!

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Lori E said...

Those flowers are so unbelievable. An amazing plant. Right now my flowers look better than they did in the middle of summer.

coloursandphotographs said...

Lucky you to catch that little squirrel on camera not to mention the distance ;). Your garden is huge it must be lotssa work ... good idea with some help!

Pat said...

Great shots Christine! Fall has arrived.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Spectacular! Love that thing you do with the pictures and the comments too!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Congratulations on your bloom and pretty pool! We just closed our pool last week as the leaves were getting too much to deal with.

Dolores said...

Wow, the Bird of Paradise is beautiful and does look like a bird....

The leaves aren't falling here, but it sure looks like beautiful fall weather in your part of the country...

bj said...

Oh, dear, there goes those wandering comments again...all the way up into your post. I have tried to figure out what is causing this..I know it's in your template somewhere.They are all the way up into your pictures. I just don't know enuf about templates to be able to help.
Beautiful photos...
xo bj

A Hopeful Heart said...

Your photos are beautiful. I think a bird of paradise is such a gorgeous flower!!!

I don't know, there's something sad to me about the look of leaves in a pool...it's that saying goodbye to pool season thing, I think.

Have a lovely day,
Patti

Kathleen said...

Your cloches are too pretty to leave outside...but I bet you have no where to put them inside! :) Takes one to know one. Now that it will get colder I have to find room for the goodies out on the porch! Not to mention my car trunk! LOL

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Sooo nice to have you for Sunday Favorites again this week! What a sweet post to revisit! I think I remember your fabulous Bird of Paradise...ohhh my, it really is gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen one in person! Christine, your pool is wonderful...ohhh yes, your back yard looks so different now with the pool and all the awesome amenities that you have added! I love it! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, my friend! Thank you for joining the fun of Sunday Favorites!

Love ya,
Chari

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Christine, everything looks lovely, as usual, your pool is divine. And I absolutely LOVE your new cloches! They are gorgeous!
Best,
Gloria

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Christine, lots of pretty photos. The touches of fall are great - what a cute white iron basket. And the whole pool setting is just gorgeous. I'd be out there all the time! Linda

nenette said...

Christine, your garden is lovely and I love the way you decorated for fall weather. Your front porch is soooo adorable. Wish you were my neighbor, you can teach me where to put things.
I look forward to reading/seeing your blog each week and wondered how you find the time to do all that you do. Please share, where do you get all your energy? Wishing you well, Atching Nenette West

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