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Friday, October 31, 2008

A Dark and Scary Walk


It was a dark and scary walk! Paths overgrown with vines and towering shrubs.


Everywhere were trees fit for owls and crows.


They moaned in the wind.

Skeletal remains
of past life abounded.


We had stumbled upon a dark and lonely place.
How long since people lived or played here?

It was clear it had been abandoned. Why?

Light! Finally a way out!




You know, the wayback backyard paths need serious pruning.

The brick paths in the Garden of Benign Neglect need work, too!

Cleaning out the dry creek stream is a must!

It is scary back here!

Happy Halloween, Have a wonderfully fun packed weekend!

Gail

81 comments:

  1. oooooh. . . scary! Happy Halloween Gail!

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  2. Gail, I think I have a similar scary walk my back garden. Have a happy Halloween.

    Jan
    Always Growing

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  3. Be afraid! Be very afraid! (at least til all the weeds and old flowers are down.)
    Happy Halloween Gail.

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  4. Happy Halloween, Gail. You had me going there for a minute. Most diffidently there needs some trimming & cleaning. lol

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  5. Gail !!! .. Here I am self proclaimed Halloween Queen and I haven't done a post yet (I'm like a chicken with it's head cut off running around here .. eeuuuwww ! sort of a Halloween picture ?)
    In any case .. THAT IS IT !!! a fabulous black and white Halloween post .. just like my vintage movies I love.
    TOO PERFECT !!!! Happy Halloween !!!

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  6. Lisa,

    Happy Halloween to you, too!

    Gail

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  7. Garden girl,

    If you saw the weeds you would run! Have a happy Halloween, gail

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  8. Jan,

    Scary aren't they! Have a great weekend!

    Gail

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  9. Beckie,

    I am scared! This garden is on my list of fall and winter major chores!
    Benign Neglect is where the PPPP lives!

    Gail

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  10. lola,

    Thanks for playing along! The wayback is wooded and the paths are very over grown! Have a lovely weekend!

    Gail

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  11. Joy,

    I am so glad you liked the post! I always have color photos so this is a huge departure for me! But trying to have a colorful and scary post was not going to happen...I will stop by to see yours I know you will have one!

    Gail

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  12. That helps to get me in the mood;) Hope you enjoy Halloween and get lots of little trick-or-treaters.
    Marnie

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  13. I have a few scary spots in the garden, also.
    Donna

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  14. Marnie,

    Have a wonderful weekend! I hope it's filled with great photography and birding!

    Gail

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  15. Donna,

    If few were the operative word! There are too many! Good luck with yours! Gail

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  16. Be afraid, Be very afraid!! Great post!

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  17. Perfect post. Happy Halloween!

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  18. Hi Gail, having seen this in person, if only from the window, it still gives me nightmares. And you didn't mention the scariest part, poison ivy abounds???? Wake my when it's over! ;->
    Happy halloween to you.

    Frances
    http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

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  19. We've got a place like that on back, too!

    Happy Halloween!
    Cameron

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  20. Happy Halloween! i loved the skeletal remains. lol

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  21. It looks like an enchanted wood! (Love the photo with the empty chair.) That brick path is sheer magic.

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  22. I love it! I have a corner back by the compost that is nearly as scary.I avert my eyes whenever I'm near it. Happy Halloween!

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  23. Most impressed, Gail. Loved the B&W effect then color, like The Wizzard of Oz ... very clever post. Happy Halloween!

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  24. Great job on this Halloween Post! Love the black and whites and the previous post brings back happy memories of summer days. I am thinking of revisiting the summer once a month during these dark months. Maybe the first of the month. Hmmmm....

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  25. Happy Halloween! I enjoyed that walk, a lot!
    Katarina

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  26. The black and white photos are PERFECT Gail. You've outdone yourself with Halloween garden magic. You and Frances are clever girls. Happy Halloween to you!!

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  27. Beautiful post Gail.......I love the silhouettes of the trees, so imposing......happy halloween to you all.........

    I posted a mystery plant on my blog yesterday.....Beckie tells me that you posted the same plant a while ago but did not put the name.......I would love to know what the plant is, so wonder if you could possibly pop over and see if you can identify it........

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  28. Love your black and white eerie photos. You too have a wonderful Halloween.
    Brenda

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  29. Brenda,

    Thank you! Have a great time and don't eat too much candy.

    Gail

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  30. Cheryl,

    I will be glad to pop over! The big Oak tree was struck by lighting several years ago. It was home to all sorts of critters. Hawks land on the top most branches in the winter!

    Happy Halloween,

    gail

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  31. That was very clever! (I liked the neglected gardens and dry creekbed - especially the skeletal fish, ha!)

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  32. Kathleen,

    Thank you! I feel incredibly complimented!...Frances is incredibly clever. So are you!. Have a good weekend.

    Gail

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  33. shady,

    It is skeletal back there! Isn't the fish way cool! Have a fun weekend.

    Gail

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  34. Katarina,

    Glad you did! How is Halloween celebrated where you live? Have a very nice weekend!

    Gail

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  35. Ginger,

    Hello! Welcome to Clay and Limestone! It may be too small a world but do you know Layanee of Ledge and Garden? Let us know when you plan to revisit the summer garden each month!

    gail

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  36. Kim,

    I am glad you do! It was scary thinking about all the work I need to do!

    Gail

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  37. darla,

    If you saw the over grown shrubbery you would also be afraid! Thanks for playing along!

    Gail

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  38. Tina,

    Thank you! Happy Halloween and have a great weekend in the warm sunshine!

    gail

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  39. Frances,

    Now you know why I told you to ignore " the man behind the curtain"! That is the big garden mess I need to work on all fall and winter! The ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy are in charge of the wayback behind the GOBN. Soon you won't have nightmares and neither will I.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Gail

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  40. Joey,

    I am so glad you caught the Wizard of Oz color change! Have a really lovely weekend.

    gail

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  41. Great post :)
    It's nice to come out in the light again!

    Have a fun weekend :)

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  42. Marie,

    It was lovely to come out into the light...and we are having nice weather for future work.

    Gail

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  43. Hi Gail--Liked to spooky, moody black and white giving way to soft color. Very cool, and clever. If you think your backyard is scary, you should see some parts of mine.Happy Hallowen, Steve

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  44. I have had so much fun reading Halloween posts today! Your black and white photos are great! Real Vincent Pricey! lol I was looking for the Kudzu along the trail....

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  45. Thank you Steve...it must be a universal rule about gardens. There must remain some part that no one should venture into! Have a fantastic Halloween and and even better weekend! Gail

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  46. skeeter,

    It has been fun hasn't it! Imagine the Christmas posts that will proliferate....but first there is Turkey Day!

    Gail

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  47. Very creative story Gail! The black & white photos add that eerie effect...Happy Halloween

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  48. Coming here is so much fun, my pretty! AH,HA,HA,HA,HA!
    Gail, that previous comment made me wonder... other people watch Nightmare Before Christmas or Halloween II - do you watch The Wizard of Oz? (I'll put on a different Judy Garland movie - the Halloween episodes from Meet Me In St Louis.)

    Loved your scary walk - especially the fish in the dry stream. It's still green outside here but there are a few places inside that could stand your hair on end <):-O

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  49. Spoooky! What's scary at my house is a big pile of trucked-in soil that needs to be moved to the back yard.

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  50. Scary stuff, what lurks out there in the garden in the dark? Happy Halloween!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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  51. What a wonderful Halloween post! Happy Halloween!

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  52. What an interesting use of black and white imagery, which I never, ever see in garden blogs! Bravo!

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  53. Dear Gailie,

    What a funny clever post! I love the fish in the dry creek bed, that cracked me up! And your black and white photos are very good! You are so talented my friend!

    Love you, Lynn

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  54. Racquel,

    Thanks...B+W seems to convey a bit more atmosphere then a color photo! Hope you have a good weekend.

    Gail

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  55. Annie,

    I watched Meet Me In St Louis the other day! Wasn't the wicked witch spectacular in the Wizard of Oz? There are fantastic lines in that movie! The walk through the wooded backyard paths just needed to be b&w; the color just naturally followed. We try to have fun over here!

    We put the dry stream in to help move the water off the hill and away from our patio. It works beautifully.

    Have a nice weekend. Is your weather better?

    Gail

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  56. Pam,

    Scary and yet magical words...Big pile of soil! Sounds good to me, but then I am not required to wheel barrow it around a garden! Happy and easy wheel barrowing Pam!

    Gail

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  57. Carol,

    Scary, too is the forest of bush honeysuckle! Hope you had a good time tonight and that you didn't run out of candy! Gail

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  58. eal,

    When you usually flash colorful photos all over your blog...you do wonder if B&w will look odd! Hope it worked for atmosphere! Have a good weekend! Are all the bulbs in?

    gail

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  59. Thanks Dp, I am so glad you are back!

    Gail

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  60. Lynnie,

    I wouldn't expect long time friends to say anything different;-) You are the best and I appreciate all your support!

    Love, Gail

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  61. Gail this was so creative I loved the words the images..Bravo!

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  62. naturegirl,

    Thank you so much! It was fun to try to get it to work! You just never know! Thank you for stopping by and visiting.

    Gail

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  63. A belated Happy Halloween to you, Gail! I must admit I wasn't too frightened as I suspected where we were all along. Right now I think my house might qualify as a rather scary place--it has suffered "benign neglect" while I have tried to finish fall gardening chores and bulb planting:)

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  64. Rose,

    It is impossible to fool a teacher....they have seen all the tricks! Chores inside a house? Unheard of! The dust is thick over here...we have had nice weather so all the windows and doors are open...with no rain there is plenty of dust tracked in.

    Thanks for the belated wishes and I hope you have a good rest of the weekend.

    Gail

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  65. Great spooky post! Happy belated halloween.

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  66. Happymouff! Hello...Sorry to hear about the cool and wet weather. Thank you for the belated wishes...it was a most interesting holiday!

    Gail

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  67. I love your walk through your garden. A bit belated but Happy Halloween. :)

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  68. That 1st photo was very Ansel Adamsy. Great fun. Hope you had a lovely Halloween!

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  69. Loved it, Gail. It is scary here too.~~Dee

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  70. Great post. I wondered where you were at first. I know the feeling too - you should see my yard.

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  71. The perfect halloween post - very scary!

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  72. What fun! Loved the B&W photos. There are parts of our yard that are the stuff of nightmares too--the hedge from hell, the shrubs from outerspace...
    --Curmudgeon

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  73. Lythrum, Thank you, it's a bit wild back there...we had a most interesting Halloween...thank you.

    Barbarapc, You are too generous but I will take the compliment...thank you!

    dee, Don't we all have scary garden secret places!

    wiseacre, Guests are asked to avert their eyes rather than gaze upon the wild back garden!

    cindy, A very kind comment...thank you very much! It was fun to put together!

    weed whackin' wenches, We have the perfect alien plants to go with your shrubs from outer space!


    So glad you folks stopped by...it was my pleasure to visit with you! Have a great week!

    Gail

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  74. I enjoyed the walk. It was very fun(-: Thanks for sharing(-:

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  75. cindee, Thank you for joining in the fun! Your Halloween costumes were wonderful! gail

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  76. Wow Gail - 77 comments. Hate to pile on, but your post is so fabulous I just had to tell you! You perfectly captured how we see our overgrown and badly-behaved bushes, plants and trees - on a dark and stormy path. Happy Dia de los Muertos!

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  77. That reminds me of The Monsters theme song. I had that tune in my head the whohle time. I'm glad I got out alive. I feared for my life!

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  78. Hi Gail, and everyone!
    Happy (belated) Halloween, Day of the Dead and All Saints' Day!

    Wonderfully atmospheric photos that really fit the mood! That's quite the walk you had there, and glad you all made it out intact!

    A question I've had though the past couple of weeks... did you get pictures at World Zombie Day there? I'd love to see some if you'd be gracious enough to post them! (Or even email them if you don't want to post.) I thought that was such a cool idea and how odd for Nashville of all places!

    IVG

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  79. I just wanted you to know that I got back home safely;)

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.


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