Wander with Joy

Thanksgiving brings thoughts of loved ones here and ones gone on.  Gratitude for the blessings of modern medicine, for airline travel, for new people in our lives, for fresh snow, for the smiles of grandchildren, for reasonable health, for a warm home, for sufficient food for all who come to our table.  Strangely, not one iota of desire to shop for anything, anywhere.  Perhaps I am the exception that proves the rule…..or makes me question the rule.

At any rate, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours everywhere!


The Friday before Halloween we all went on an outing to a Farm/Nursery  about a half hour out of Pittsburgh for hay riding and pumpkin choosing.  It was a last minute decision and we arrived just 2 minutes before the hay riding part was closed for the day.  Being the very last folks there, we had the entire two trailer hay ride to ourselves!!  Little Wren was bundled warmly with her pumpkin hat barely showing above the soft blankets.  Linus had his rubber boots (might be muddy) warm coat (need a new one, he’s really grown since last winter) large gloves (won’t be needing new ones for a couple of years) and a camo scarf and hat.

Up onto the trailer and off we bounced.  Really bounced.  I think hundreds of pounds of a few dozen more people usually kept the trailer a little more securely grounded.   A lovely ride through the woods and we were dropped off at the end of a long field of pumpkins and the tractor driver said, pointing way across the patch, “I’ll pick you up over there.”  Since it was a far piece to the other side, we decided the best big pumpkins were at the other end of the row ………closer to where the tractor/trailer would be parked.  Three large, plus one Wren-sized, pumpkins later  we clambered back aboard the Bumpy Express.

For me, the most impressive part of the venture was the 10X50 foot bed of iris that ran along the parking lot.  whooeeee!  A dozen or more varieties of Reblooming Iris.  And not the muddy colors of the first generation rebloomers.  These were gorgeous.  Yellows, lavenders, purple, whites of all combinations and they had sweet fragrances.  Got to get some of these – can you imagine?  This late in the garden and the standards and falls of magnificent Poor Man’s Orchids right there in your garden.  Ahhhh.


As this page progresses you will find pictures of gardens filled with glorious plants of all kinds.  I’ll share links and many places to learn more about gardening with joy in your own garden, be it one pot of geraniums or the back 40.

Wasatch Communtiy Gardens Check out their calendar for the upcoming fall events.

At the Red Butte Gardens, fall activities continue.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jacque Enniss
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 14:59:36

    Joy, on your program last Sat. you mentioned that there would be a recipe for green tomato bread. It sounded soo! good. We love Zuchinni bread and I think that we would really like this one. I have tried to find it on your different pages, but I guess I don’t know how to get to it.
    Would love to have it.


    • Joy
      Oct 19, 2010 @ 17:04:32

      You can now find that recipe on my home page, at the bottom. For the other Green Tomato Recipes, go to KNRS.com Keyword: Joy and click on recipes.


      • Niharika
        Feb 09, 2012 @ 08:35:42

        Valerie, you bicsaally use the fallen leaves as the carbon component in your green to brown compost ration. Just pile them up!


  2. judy brewer
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 08:07:05

    Joy, I’m excited to see what you’re going to do with your new garden out back. Also very happy your book is doing so well. Knew it would! J.


    • Joy
      Apr 18, 2011 @ 08:24:26

      So Birthday girl, watcha doin’ today? We’re having an early b-day party for Linus!


  3. Lorene
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 12:28:26

    Hi Joy,
    I was just wondering if you still do a yard consultation. I was hoping you would do one for me. I inherited a yard that was not well put together and have been trying for the last 21 years to improve it. Please let me know if you still do it and how much you charge now.



    • Joy
      Dec 02, 2012 @ 08:35:26

      I had retired from the consultation business, but with the canceling of the radio program, I may still do a few per month. Check with me next March if you still need these services.


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