Beautiful Autumn Pumpkins at Shades of Green, Inc.
This busy bee flies to the next Zinnia.
“French Cheese” Pumpkin and a couple of other varieties
Sara is excited: “YAAAY! It’s October! My Birthday is in October and so is Halloween!”
Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)
Sara concentrates on her pumpkin very hard … It needs to be decorated juuust right.
Lil’ Pump-Ke-Mon Pumpkins
More pretty pumpkins
“French Cheese” Pumpkins
Triamble Pumpkin – Shamrock Squash
Kevin, Sara and I visited two local nurseries for the Autumn activities, this morning. And both places celebrated the “Harvest Festival”. At the first nursery, we’ve got honey from a local bee keeper and did the hayride. We left early because it was too crowded. I have to go back there, when it is not so busy during the week.
At the second nursery, Sara could get a free pumpkin and decorate it. She loves coloring squashes, puts stickers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and glues cotton balls, etc. on it to make it look spooky-cute. In the meantime, Kevin and I looked at some pumpkins, Autumn flowers, and discussed about more fruit trees for our backyard. Now, I have my eye on a Texas Persimmon tree. And I still need a Mexican Plum tree as well. Both are drought resistant and native to the State of Texas. i still would like to get a Naval Orange tree. But I haven’t convinced Kevin, quite yet.
Lavender/Grain bouquet with an aroma candle
Solid harvest-colored fabric
I’m slowly starting to decorate my front porch for the Harvest/Autumn season. The straw bales are out. I made a nice Lavender/Wheat bouquet, this morning. It’s the first part of the decor. Earlier in the week, I also checked for fabric in the stores. I might get some solid colors to make some cute pillow cases for my wooden patio chair. That will make it comfortable and cozy, when the nights become much shorter and cooler. Sometimes, I just love to sit outside and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea. Wrapped in blanket on the porch is so nice, when the mosquitoes are finally gone.
Common Sunflower with the Moon in the background
Common Sunflower in Summer sunset
Common Sunflower in Summer sunset
Lughnasadh is the first of the three harvest season festivals. It will be followed by Mabon at the Autumn Equinox. And the season will end with Samhain/Halloween.
Sara and I went to the Calloway’s Harvest Festival this year, again. She had a lot of fun decorating a pumpkin, before we did some shopping for catnip and Halloween garden decor. The Calloway’s Nursery has always a beautiful display of pumpkins at this time of the year. Sara and I looked at all kinds of pumpkins. She liked the wart pumpkins. “Some of them look squished”, she said and pointed at the “Cinderella” variety. I also showed her the “French Cheese”: “Look, these are the pumpkins, I grow in my Community Garden bed!” Sara really liked them. “They look pretty; like wood”, she replied.
Sara decorates her pumpkin at the Calloway’s Harvest Festival.
The pumpkin starts to get a face.
The Fall Festival of our local nursery will be this Saturday. Last year it was on Saturday, October 1. Here is the blog I wrote from our last visit at the Calloway’s Nursery Fall Festival 2016:
October 1, 2016
Today, Sara and I went to our local nursery to celebrate Autumn and the first day of October. The nursery had some games, pumpkin decorating, free popcorn and areas for pumpkin photos set up. Sara had a lot of fun decorating her pumpkin with stickers, seeds, pipe cleaners, paper, more stickers …, playing ‘Candy Corn Bowling’ and ‘Witch Hat Ring Toss’, eating popcorn, and walking around in her Disney’s Anna costume. While Sara was busy decorating her pumpkin, I walked around with a friend from the Community Garden to look at some cool pumpkins. Some were perfect, some were crooked, some had warts. She picked a couple. I really liked the gourd, which can be decorated as a duck, goose or swan. The chrysanthemum looked gorgeous in the nursery. Oh, how much I love Autumn! 🍁🍂🎃
Sara decorates her pumpkin with seeds and stickers.
This pumpkin could make a witch jealous. 😀 😉
Sara plays ‘Candy Corn Bowling’.
I love this photo! Sara looks so adorable. ❤