Sunday, October 7, 2007

When Doors Attack

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Today we began our day-trip to Fredericksburg to catch the last day of their Oktoberfest. Along the way we dropped off at Starbucks to pick up some hot beverages as well as free coffee grounds for the garden...

Unfortunely, my jaw had a rather unfortunate tangle with a car door in the parking lot. Door-1, Dawn-0. After picking myself off the pavement and getting some ice, we drove back home where I applied more ice and took some pain meds with visions of strudel dancing in my head.

So much for Oktoberfest this year. Ah well. But at least I had one visitor during my convalescence.

This green anole seemed bent on spying at me through the front door.
Before my little accident today I was able to catch some nice blooms like this Turks Cap (drummondii)...

And I noticed some of the local hydrangea colors are starting to turn...

I can't get enough of the Shrimp Plants (Justicia brandegeeana) near my son's school. They are very pretty this year...

And despite the heat, these ilex berries seem to know autumn is here...

Last week I visited the new Neiman Marcus store in Austin. I didn't buy anything, but was very impressed with the thousands of silk butterflies they have hanging from the second floor to the first.

They aren't as nice as real butterflies, of course, but they were still enchanting to me.

Okay, time for another ibuprofen. Better living through chemicals!

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Annie in Austin said...

I hope you're feeling better soon, Dawn!

If this happened while you were just under the influence of coffee, imagine what the fumes from the Octoberfest brews could have done!
I've killed a couple of Shrimp plants - like bulbine, they're touted as foolproof, but then I've knocked off bulbine, too. They look good in your photo.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Mary said...

Dawn, sorry about that accident! Ouch! There will be other Oktoberfests...

I'd love to see that ceiling. What pizzazze!

Green anole would be a great surprise for me :o)

Andrea's Garden said...

Dawn, sorry to hear about your accident, but there will be another Oktoberfest. If not, come on over to Munich, Germany. We'll show you the real one. Get well soon! Andrea

A wildlife gardener said...

Poor you! Get well soon. Love the silk butterflies too :)...and your visitor, I think, as long as he doesn't bite me!

Dawn said...

Thanks Annie,
Yes, perhaps I missed a much bigger catastrophie in Fredericksburg. Anything is possible; especially where my 'gracefulness' is concerned. ;-)

Oh my, if you've killed Shrimp & bulbine I fear they wouldn't stand a chance with me.

Hi Mary,
Thanks for your kind words. The ceiling at Neiman Marcus is very cool. I wish I'd captured it better.

Hello Andrea,
I'm much better now, thank you. The swelling is down and there's only a small bruise this morning. The biggest wound is to my pride. ;-) I'd love to visit your Lktoberfest in Munich. What fun that would be!

Thanks Wildlife Gardener!
Anoles don't have teeth and are very shy, so they aren't a threat to anything except small insects.

I was very sorry to read that your dear kitty, Jaffa, passed away. My condolences to you.

Best Wishes,

Libbys Blog said...

Crikey! Hope you haven't done too much damage to yourself! Lots going on in your garden. Its a great time of year I think!!!

Unknown said...

Hope you're feeling better! The butterfly photos are just beautiful, I'll have to go see them.

Dawn said...

Hi Libby!
I am none the worse for wear. I even felt like weeding a bit today, which is good because my garden really needs it.

Hello Bonnie!
I'm feeling much better, thanks. I had lunch with another garden blogger yesterday and she hardly noticed my little bruise.
I hope you're able to see the Neiman Marcus butterflies. They are in the new store in the Domain Shopping Center, just off Burnet Road.

Happy Gardening!