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Halloween In Salem- Saturday Morning Stroll

I know this is a gardening blog but it’s hard to live here in Salem without blogging about Halloween.

Halloween takes on a life of it’s own in Salem. There’s just nothing else like it.

Here’s a few before photos from my early morning walk when I dropped off my girls at work this morning.

If you happen to be here and see a very pretty girl selling tickets for the Salem Trolley say hi for me! There’s also a beautiful little blonde girl and a handsome twenty year old boy whom I know very well working at the Witch Museum .

IMG_7440This is where they’ll be. I love the way the SWM provides cover for guests who are waiting for their tour.

IMG_7439Just down the street, this colonial home is ready for a pirate invasion.

IMG_7437Restrooms are available, sort of, if you can stand this sort of thing..

IMG_7441 The food on the Common is good to go. I think that most of these vendors came straight down from the Topsfield fair, so it’s fair food if you don’t want to wait in line at one of the restaurants.

IMG_7446Same with the carnival… left the fair and arrived in Salem a day later.

IMG_7442The Hawthorne is barricaded to prevent damage..
IMG_7448 Front Street is quiet… now…IMG_7449..with very cute ghosts in the windows…IMG_7450made from lanterns…  IMG_7456Store windows are dressed everywhere… IMG_7459 The hats are ready!IMG_7460 This scene will be very different in a few hours!IMG_7462Here they come!

Look out!

More later,

Michele

Overflowing

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Here’s a post from our blog at my workplace this morning. Yes, we had over five inches of rain here in Salem over the past few days! It’s tapering off now and the wind has finally died down. Time to get back out in the garden! Michele

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When we checked our range gauge this morning it was overflowing! We’ve received over five inches of rain on our roof in the past two days. That’s a lot of rain!

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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day! October 2014

Happy Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day!

My blogging time is scarce these days but I’ve been pushing to get a Wordless Wednesday post out since their quick and easy and keep me in the game. I really love GBBD and always feel inspired to try to post something, even if it looks like the exact same post from the year before. I’m planting some bulbs this month and some new perennials too, with the hope that we’ll have some fresh, new things happening here next year. I’m already excited for 2015 and as I do every year, I’m having some difficulty saying goodbye  to this year’s garden.  I should really do a proper garden update but here are some snapshots of what’s blooming today.IMG_7413Looking down, there’s lots of orange, quite a bit of green and some not yet dealt with veggies that need to be removed. IMG_7416The lemon zest petunias are still blooming, just a little, but this was a long run for petunias in my book!IMG_7412We have lavender blossoms that still smell beautiful.
IMG_7410Giant zinnias, actually they weren’t so giant, but that’s okay.IMG_7407The candy cane zinnias kind of grew on me..IMG_7405We have garden mums scattered here and there.
IMG_7403I like this pretty daisy like variety of chrysanthemum.
IMG_7401The last roses of summer…IMG_7392These are giant marigolds, grown from seed.IMG_7391IMG_7393They deterred bugs and added a lot of cheer.IMG_7386I’m excited about this stevia flower that’s about to bloom. Stevia is an herb with very sweet leaves that make a nice alternative to sugar in teas and things.  I’d like to add more of these less common herbs where I have space.IMG_7424The foliage hasn’t quite peaked here in Salem but it’s going to be beautiful in a few days!

Be sure to check out the other garden blogger’s Bloom Day posts on May Dreams Gardens by clicking here.

Gosh it feels good to blog!

Hope to be back soon!

Enjoy Everything!

Michele