Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Color of Thanksgiving

Something often overlooked are the distinctive colors of the Thanksgiving season. They run the gamut of what's called 'earth tones,' rich browns, deep oranges, and dusky yellows....

....all captured  in the incredible collage of autumn leaves as their summer youth fades into winter's twilight.

Courtesy Matthew Wingram, some rights reserved

But these seasonal colors are more than just a calm beauty to look upon. They evoke in us a recurring time of year when mankind harvests and stores up its abundance in preparation for the winter, and gives thanks to God for the bounty His Earth has produced.

And that, of course, is what Thanksgiving is all about, giving thanks for our abundance. An abundance not in just food or other material goods, but also family, friends, and faith.

So in grateful appreciation of our own abundance, we at Ben's Creek Nursery wish all our family and friends a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fall means Install!

We had a surfeit of installations in October. Herewith an over-abundance of photos.

Front foundation planting
Front foundation plants

Property line plantings
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Garden Tips

Witch Hazel in the wild
Photo courtesy of the US Forest Service
The blooming witch hazel reminded us that November is here and it's time to look up some seasonal garden tips. Much of November's work involves preparation for the coming winter. But there is planting to be done and even colorful flowers to be enjoyed.

For the flowers, see this take on autumn blooms from Southern Living.  For Fall vegetable and herb planting, The Old Farmer's Almanac has a quickie list.  And for general November bullet points, we have this from the NC Cooperative Extension and this from the Clemson Cooperative Extension.

That ought to keep you busy through Turkey Day.