The beautiful colors of our hillside are quickly disappearing and taking on the earthy natural shades of grays and browns that appear in early winter. The weather has been unseasonably warm and taking walks has been so enjoyable. There has been no need to be overly bundled up.
I like how the hydrangea flowers in our front yard look against the faded tones of the mountain behind it.
Ragweed makes so many people's lives unpleasant but in the fall when it goes to seed it adds a certain interest to the landscape.
Up the hill from our farmhouse, the rosehips will be food for the birds all winter long.
There's been so much on the radio lately about the invasive nature of bittersweet. I especially enjoyed Laurie Sanders piece on WFCR's Field Notes which you can listen to as a podcast here.
Now that I am aware of this, I can't help but see bittersweet vines all through the hillsides around here. It's too bad the plant is so invasive because it does add some color to the November landscape.
Here's another nasty weed that the birds spread around! The dark purple and wine colored berries look so beautiful against the tan shriveled leaves. It is so hard to get rid of though and I fight with it constantly as it seems to have invaded my perennial garden.
Right outside my back door, I planted a shrub called Beauty Bush. It never looks like much until very late in the fall. Then the skinny branches are covered with little purple berries.
There have been so many lovely sunsets this past month. When I see one happening, I yell for Julia "Sunset happening!" We run up the road or drive if it looks like it is going to disappear quickly which they so often do.
I think she is starting to notice them finally and maybe appreciate all the colors as the sky deepens and goes dark.
Enjoy the colors around you today.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.