Monday, October 15, 2018

Music Moves Me and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

When memes collide, it can get interesting.

Today is the 15th of the month, meaning it is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day,where garden bloggers (and bloggers who like to flower garden) show what is blooming in their yards.  And it's Monday, meaning it is time for Music Moves Me.

Who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? Every other week we have a theme, and on alternate weeks, we can blog about any music we wish.  First, there is XmasDolly, who is returning, but not up to full speed yet  Her co-conductors are:  Callie of JAmerican Spice,  and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥   Also, co-conducting  is  Cathy from Curious as a Cathy (who is filling in for Xmas Dolly until Xmas Dolly is totally back up to speed). And finally, there's me.

First things first....gardening.  If you want to head straight for the music, you'll find it at the end. (And you are welcome to link up - there's just one rule - there needs to be music on your blog post for us to listen to!)

It is October.  And, in my zone 5b upstate New York garden, we were under a frost advisory yesterday morning.

We didn't get a frost - my garden is spared a few more days, so I can show you what is blooming.  But eventually (perhaps by Thursday) the end will - "sob" come.

So let us pay a fond farewell.

Last collage of the year - clockwise - dahlia, sunpatien, begonia, white marigold, variegated lantana, coleus with a heuchera mixed in, cleome.
Pineapple sage, which only started to bloom this past week (and will die with the frost, alas.)
Japanese anemone.
Ivy geranium.

A zinnia, opening up.
Variegated sunpatien.
This wasn't taken today, but I couldn't resist throwing this picture of one of my kalanchoes during the golden hour.  Yes, there are three colors of blooms on the same plant - this variety turns color as the flowers age.
Finally, zinnias en masse.
What could express my depression and sorrow that come at the end of the outdoor gardening season better than music that expresses sorrow at loss?

Empty Garden - this beautiful Elton John song pays tribute to John Lennon, who was murdered by a deranged "fan" in New York City on December 8, 1980.

November Rain - Guns N Roses - because nothing lasts forever, including love and the gardening season.

Thank you, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, for the opportunity to participate in another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  Why not visit other gardeners linking to her to see what is blooming all over the world?

Thank you, Xmas Dolly, for #MusicMovesMe.  Come see what our other participants are offering today.

Day 15 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost- why not give them a visit too on Facebook?


  1. Empty Garden ...I’d forgotten about that song

  2. How creative - and thank you for sharing the pretty flowers in your garden. It is sad to see them go as the next season enters in. Do you begin planning your garden for next year now - or do you wait till spring?

  3. Couple of good songs there! And pretty flowers! About the best flowers we grow are weeds...

  4. I SO love your flowers! I bow my head in silent memory of mine, gone now for over a month! (On a good note, they are predicting that we may now get our fall. Now that winter has loosened its grip a bit!)
    I actually posted a song today, too! Sharing with your group!

  5. Nice flowers and great music. Thanks for sharing both.

  6. Lovely pictures and good depressing associated music. Yes it is so sad to see the last of summer blooms die away! I primarily vegetable garden and although we are enjoying a sunny warmish 10 days, it is not warm enough to turn my green tomatoes red still on the vine, whimper, sniffle.

  7. Lovely garden. I live in AZ, and in an apartment. So no chance of growing anything but least for me. I don't have a green thumb. Keep up the beautiful work.

  8. Such lovely zinnia colors! I love them in a vegetable bed. Alas, one of my dogs loves to eat their leaves off when they are still seedlings, so often I don't get any! I'll try again next year with better protection!

  9. I love the anemone!!! I am planting some anemone bulbs right now!

  10. Sweet little anemones. Too bad about the pineapple sage and frost, but it's lovely as long as it lasts. Happy Bloom Day.

  11. Love the November Rain. It's one of my favorites. Thanks for playing along in #RocktoberMusicFest today!


  12. Alas, all good things must end at some point and at this time of year, it's just a waiting game to see when Jack Frost comes to pick the last few flowers of the growing season. You've got some beauties! Now if Old Man Winter would be so kind as to pick up after his kid litters the ground with all those leaves, we'd be happier to see him arrive.

  13. Frost already? Maybe it'll hold off a bit longer.

  14. What beautiful flowers and the songs are perfect!

  15. Such pretty pretty blooms! I love this time of year! And your song choices are perfection - November Rain is a big time favorite of mine. ;) Hope you're having a great weekend - thanks for the dance! :)

  16. These are lovely.
    I wish I could garden.

    Perhaps I'll just try an indoor plant.
    Thanks for the dance.

  17. Amazingly beautiful blooms in your garden and yard Alana! Wow. You obviously have a passion and a talent for growing and nurturing plants and flowers. I'm not so great at that. I tend to go with the varieties that don't require much work. It's so ungodly hot here in Austin that I hate being outside in the summer (which is why I so miss living in New York; summer used to be my favorite time of year; now it's my most dreaded!). I did just buy some fabulous red mums to put in my urn planter on the front walkway. And my orange mums are blooming in the ground.
    Next year I'm probably going to buy some more Bethlehem Lights hanging baskets. I had them years ago and they are long lasting and look like the real thing. Love it that I don't have to drag the hose around and water them. They are pricey though and earlier in the year I was going to purchase several but the shipping was like $10 PER BASKET! That was absurd and I complained to the company but they didn't care. There's no way it was going to cost $70 to ship those baskets and I refused to pay that shipping fee so I let that shopping cart die on the vine... :) Maybe I'll buy one at a time over the next few months and it won't seem like such a blow... :)

    As for your music, I love Elton John's tribute song to John Lennon. I haven't heard "Empty Garden" in ages so that was nice.
    And I love "November Rain". Great song!

    Nice tie-in with the bloom hop!
    See you soon for tomorrow's 4M...
    Enjoy your Sunday,

    Michele at Angels Bark


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