Some Flowers Are Still Hanging On

On Monday nights you will find me watching The Black List. It is my favorite new show. James Spader, in my opinion, is giving the best performances of his career. 

Week after week I am astonished at his acting skills. His mannerisms even have me spellbound. And for someone who doesn't watch much TV, that's quite a compliment. 

I keep wondering if he developed those mannerisms himself or was told to do them. But they are perfect for his role.

They've been showing Monday's episode again on Saturday night, and I watch it again. If it weren't for him, it would just be another show. But he makes it superb. I am hooked.

I have brought all my house plants back in. Some I took out of the potting soil and put in those pebble-like things called Hydroton that I ordered from I want to see how they do before I pot them all.

Just look at my fence garden. Completely out of control again with those vines. But last time I got out there hacking them down I was sick with asthma for weeks. So I guess I'll just have to let Mother Nature freeze them.

I know. Someone is going to email me and ask me to please at least cut them away from the colorful sun's face.

I still have a few roses blooming. They're quite protected by all the bountiful vines.

And the same goes for the morning glories, but they've slowed their growth a bit. 

I cannot remember where these mums came from. But they're finally opening up and blooming. I have them in a galvanized tub.

These red berries are growing vines on the other side of my driveway. I don't know what they are.

I still have an occasional zinnia. I just love them. 

This year they came up red and pink mostly. I planted more colors, but none of them came up.

The leaves are finally starting to turn colors. I've got to get out to the rose garden and Swan Lake and take some photos soon. 

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner
Follow on Bloglovin
follow us in feedly


  1. Ah you still have some loveliness there ! :) Hard frost / freeze the other night so just a few hangers-on here in a scattered bloom here or there, though the sweet allyssum? Acted as if it had never been 30 is so hardy...still blooming!
    Fall is muted here this year. For the most part the landscape looks as if it were around mid Sept, not the end of October.

  2. I love to see the leaves changing color. We are just now getting to where we can just about grow anyting. Highs in the 70-80 and lows 50's. Perfect. Hugs, Marty

  3. Oh, Brenda, isn't he just the best ever! I fell in love with his acting years ago on Boston Legal. But this show is superb, most especially his acting. As you said, his mannerisms. The way he tilts his head back. His voice. I am a fan. I recommended this show to one of my sons, Zack, who usually only watches cable series. He called me up after the first show and said he couldn't believe it, that the quality was as good as the best cable series. He told me the writers had previously written really good shows too so I hope they keep the quality up and that the ratings are good so it will last a while.

    Well, I haven't even mentioned your flowers but I was excited to know you like the show. I know you don't watch much t.v. so it's high praise indeed.


    P.S. I do have to close my eyes during a few parts of particularly intense scenes!

  4. Heavy frost here and all my flowers are brown and withered.

  5. Beautiful shots Brenda! I think your fence looks so pretty with the way the vines filled in!

  6. We were hooked on Blacklist from the get go! He is amazing. Every week I wonder what will they do next? The plot line twists and turns. I regret not having watched him sooner on Boston Legal, only saw a few reruns of it. Are those morning glories on your vine? I just planted some morning glory seeds on my chain link fence that the neighbor tore all my vines down. This time the vines will be on my side! And I planted two plumbago plants, and talking to them gently to encourage their growth, telling them every day how beautiful they will be on that fence! I'm hoping they grow big and strong and cover that mess up behind me! I'm afraid to say anything to him for fear I'd just blow up and then really make for strained relations! So counting on my flowers to make it all pretty again.

  7. I think the vines have a beauty all their own, but they can take over quickly.

    I think James Spader is fab actor, as well. I've only watched him back in the Boston Legal days. I will have to check out his latest, although, like you, I just don't watch much television.

  8. You do still have lots of pretty blooms.
    I have a few blooms left on pots of begonias and impatiens, but first hard frost and they will fizzle. The pots of mums are at their peek now, so need to get some pics in next day or so.
    Cloudy and cool all day - stayed in and accomplished nothing. :)
    Have a great week.

  9. Brenda you still have some gorgeous flowers there! As always I love looking at your photos! I so agree with you about Blacklist! I think it is one of the best things on TV. I have alway thought James Spader was a very special actor! Glad you know you are enjoying this show also. I'm still purging and feeling good about it!


  10. We LOVE the show too Brenda...its so awesome and he is such a good actor..I swear he is her father...time will tell! Love your post today and all your pretty pictures...Take care! xoxoxoxo Carol

  11. Brenda - These photos are just exquisite!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!


  12. I know this time of year you never know what will die or just keep living a while longer. Don't know how to dress each day without checking the weather first either. It was so cold the end of last week and into our weekend, but is now starting to warm back up again. We are still waiting on the leaves to change color too. Still mostly green around here despite the cooler temps. I would just leave those vines alone. I wouldn't chance getting sick again! I have never seen that show you mentioned. I'm getting ready to watch my favorite show called Homeland. It comes on Showtime. We just got rid of most of our movie channels, but kept Showtime just for that show alone. It was only an extra $5 a month to keep it. There is very little on tv that I like anymore.

  13. Loved all of your flower and leaf photos Brenda.

  14. Hi Brenda,
    I like your dish drainer or holder, I would like to find one like that, it just so much prettier than the regular ones.
    Your flowers are gorgeous, mine have all been covered over with a nice layer of leaves, I look forward to seeing their colourful faces next spring.
    Your zinnias are especially pretty and so are the maroon-ish coloured leaves!
    Have a good night.

  15. Beautiful pics Brenda and yes, I miss the Sun Face :)

  16. I really like James Spader, too. I used to watch Boston Legal and yes, it's his mannerisms.

    Nice to see you have some blooms. I went out and gathered an armful last week to put in vases, so sure we were going to have a frost. Nope, not yet!


  17. I love the mum color you have. I don't think I've ever seen one that color. Where I live, Louisiana, they are orange, yellow, white, or dark purple. This color is beautiful.

  18. We have had snow here. I still have flowers blooming as well. Love all the pictures!

  19. I too love that show!! Had to mute it and look away for a few scenes with the Stewmaker, gosh he just creeped me out!! I think Spader will wind up being her father, just my thoughts! Excited for the next installment tonight!! I can remember seeing Spader for the first time years and years ago on Stargate, the movie! Have a blessed week!!

  20. I think the vine with the red berries might be snailseed. Google it and see if it might be the same. I would love to have only pink and red zinnias. I love color and our trees in the pineywoods of east Texas are beginning to change. They always look brilliant against the backdrop of the pine trees.

  21. Absolutely beautiful, Brenda! You are a very good photographer. We have already been through a bad storm which tore down many trees, left us with 5 feet of snowfall and 8 foot drifts, and tore down about 30 feet of our picket fence. We spent many hours hauling away the branches in the back of our Subaru! But, God is good and we came through it all okay. OH! Did I mention we did not have power for seven days!?!?!!! THAT was horrible as we do not have a wood stove. Next house, wood stove is the first thing to look for or the first thing going in.

    Thank you for sharing. I LOVE your home! God bless your day.

    Cate <><

  22. alas - my flowers are all goners! cleaned up the beds this morning! brrr it's has even snowed a touch here (didn't stay but still - yuck!) I'm so thankful for the cozy images you share - they warm me right up! ♥

  23. I'm hooked on that show too and have been a Spader fan since Boston Legal. It was one of my all time favorite shows.

  24. I pulled out my annuals yesterday..some where still OK but it's only a matter of a week or so and I'd have to be out there again..

  25. Gorgeous photos Brenda, but what else is new? ;)

  26. I've been a fan of James Spader since he co-starred with Brooke Shields in Endless Love and Molly Ringwald in Pretty In Pink. (I am so dating myself with that sentence, lol!) His turn in The Blacklist is nothing short of brilliant!!! Actually just started watching last week...stayed up rather late viewing the episodes On Demand. Watched them all in one night...I was mesmirized. I still have some roses in bloom....they are actually looking much better in our NJ fall temps than they did in the heat of July. Said bye-bye to many of the begonias was nice to walk around the garden formulating plans in my head for next spring. I hope James Spader and The Blacklist will still be around :)

  27. I love the Blacklist too. Never miss it. It's funny...I have lots of morning glories and some I'm quite particular about (they came from Sir John A. Macdonald's garden, Canada's first Prime Minister) but every time I see one, I think of your broken ankle too. I can't quite enjoy them as much as I used to. J

  28. Gorgeous! I think the fall flowers are some of the brightest of the year.


I always enjoy reading your comments and having you join the conversation here at Cozy Little House. It is like having a gathering of friends sitting in my cozy apartment. Enjoying coffee and dessert, chatting and having a good time.

Please be kind with your comments. We all need kindness in this world. That's not to say you can't state your opinion! Everyone should be able to state their own opinion in a kind and thoughtful manner.

I appreciate each and every one of you!