Spooky Time At Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar 9/9/2016
The forest is dark and enchanted…branches creak and leaves rustle as trees close in, obscuring the path home. Wander deep into the shadows and you'll find frightful folklores, fantastical stories and chilling tales. These bedtime stories will give you nightmares, and you'll discover that not all fairy tales end happily-ever-after.
Did You Know? - Grim Tales is a British children's television program based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, featuring Rik Mayall as the storyteller dressed in his pyjamas and dressing gown. The twenty-two episodes were broadcast on ITV from 1989 to 1991,The series is rated TV-14 the released on video and audio cassette, with the slightly different title Grimm Tales.
Wilhelm Grimm (left) and Jacob Grimm in an 1855
A Quote To Remember:
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"
As We Enter The Gardens...
Strange looking tomatoes are along the walkway....
Then Paul remembered they were pumpkins
We Wondered Through The Gift Shop
The Halloween wreath was beautiful
A forest of glass! Do NOT invite the bull into the shop!
A mans gift... The 'ol DC-3
It does indeed take a month to get ready for Christmas at Rogers
Need a Halloween gift??
We Headed Out Into The Gardens
A Quote To Remember:
Men say, that in this midnight hour,
The disembodied have power
To wander as it liketh them,
By wizard oak and fairy stream,—
Through still and solemn places,
And by old walls and tombs, to dream,
With pale, cold, mournful faces....
~William Motherwell, "Midnight and Moonshine"
Ghost (Jarrahdale) pumpkins!
When cut open they look like a regular pumpkin
Did You Know? - The Jarrahdale pumpkin is native to Australia and a cross between Blue Hubbard and the Cinderella pumpkin. The skin of the Jarrahdale is what makes it so distinctive, with the hard grayish rind contrasted against the thick orange inner flesh.
Jarrahdales can grow from 6 to 120 pounds and will need a lot of room due to the plant's vines that extend up to 30 feet long and 18 inches tall.
Like other pumpkin species, it's a fast-growing plant and can take over your yard, if not thinned out.
Pumpkins are everywhere
The day was magnificent and the flowers even more so
The whitest white
These little guys were beautiful...
The orchids are scared of the pumpkins!
Mother Nature out did herself
Sue Promised NOT To Go Behind Paul And Yell "Boo"
Around the corner we went.... Not knowing what we will find!
The Roger's decorators out did themselves
Mr. Grimm we assume?
Sir! Your diet may be a little much!
Now this is scary!
His name is "Bow Wow"
A Quote To Remember:
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. ~George Carlin
Done any serious conjuring recently? This will help!
We remembered NOT to use the Photoshop red eye removal tool on this picture
We Needed A Rest... And Some Normality
Careful... There is a flasher in the bushes!
...or old men in hats who look hungry
These were all white this morning.... OK, who has the crayola box?
He is in charge of keeping the Ravens away
Looks like the Owl is falling down on the job
"Our job is to just lay around"
Love the water globe... It is so romantic...
Make no bones about it
I am watching you!
This is one spooky lady!
A gift for everyone!
I am just hanging around
Need a containers for Halloween?
What can we say?
It's pretty Grimm
He watches over his domain from high on the wall
A spooky pair indeed
We could recommend a good dentist!
We made it out alive and well... Well sort of and now we are hungry... and thirsty
To The New Restaurant... The Farmhouse
They call them "knuckle heads" because "warts" sounded unappealing
Did You Know? -
Pumpkins are grown all around the world for a variety of reasons ranging from agricultural purposes (such as animal feed) to commercial and ornamental sales. Of the seven continents, only Antarctica is unable to produce pumpkins; the biggest international producers of pumpkins include the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, and China. The traditional American pumpkin used for jack-o-lanterns is the Connecticut Field variety.
As one of the most popular crops in the United States, 1.5 billion pounds (680,000,000 kilograms or 680,000 tons) of pumpkins are produced each year. The top pumpkin-producing states include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California.
Knucklehead pumpkins are bright to deep orange in color and covered in varying amounts of warts, scabs or bumps. As the pumpkin matures the skin and warts will change from a dark green to completely orange although some warts will may display slight scabbing or green coloring. Similar to other varieties of pumpkins, Knuckleheads, have a hard, vertically ridged, thick rind and have many culinary uses as well as decorative. These pumpkins grow reliably in an upright shape and range in weight from ten to twenty pounds when ripe.
White pumpkins became very popular in the early 2000's
No! They are not real!
Do you see spots before your eyes?
When your kids bring rocks home... Put them to use!
A ghost cactus?
We Enjoyed Ourselves At Roger's Gardens Farmhouse
Roger's Gardens and Chef Rich Mead have partnered in establishing a unique and sustainable field-to-fork dining experience at Farmhouse Café located within Roger's Garden.
Located in the heart of Newport Beach, the Café is nestled on over 6 acres in a garden-like setting. The Farmhouse offers the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to create a healthy based cuisine.
During his 35 years of culinary expertise, Chef Mead has cultivated relationships with the best local farms which allow him to offer the freshest seasonally appropriate salads and specially grown vegetables.
The Farmhouse features exclusive wines, craft beers, signature cocktails and artisan refreshments. This open-air café will serves both lunch and dinner, and is available for special events.
Excellent wine list... This is good!
Hair of the horse that bit you! Huh?
Nice setting in the garden
Looking across the gardens was a "grim" reminder.... Sorry!
We walked toward the car and headed home.... We are dancing tonight!