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.
Camphorweed (Pluchea odorata)
Now that we are getting to the end of August, Summer comes to an end as well. Tomorrow begins the meteorological Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. My favorite season of the year will arrive soon. Even when it takes another six to eight weeks before Autumn shows the first signs here in North Texas, I’m so ready to celebrate the colorful and cooler season with apples, pumpkins, tea, candles and Harvest/Halloween decor. The tent will come back out for camping weekends. Gardening will be so much more fun, when it is not so warm anymore. And we can take the dogs out for a walk and in the doggy park more often, again. Oh, do I love Autumn!
Tinker Lantern by the garden fountain
Harvest Tinker after sunset
Last year, I made another Tinkerbell lantern. But I’ve never posted it, due to a lot of events. After the treatments, I completely forgot blogging about it. It sat on our dining table for over a year. And now, I finally have come around to capture some photos and post them. Better now, than never. 😉
This lantern I made with tissue paper, which I’ve glued on the outside of the jar. I’ve printed Tinkerbell, cut out the silhouette and glued it to the inside of the lantern. As a harvest decor, I’ve got one of these plastic berries from the Dollar Store and wrapped the wire around the top of the glass jar. For the girls, I use flameless, battery-operated flicker candles. Mainly Sara loves to sit the lanterns on top of her shelf next to the bed, and turn on the candles, before she goes to sleep. After the season, this will be a new addition, used as a night light. She already cleared a spot for it in her room.
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.
At this time of the year, the critters love to “steal” some corn; the common sunflowers show off in their bright, deep yellows; the hay dries on the rainless Summer days; and a few grains sit lonely in the field of grasses.
When the corn is ripe, the squirrel pick some to fatten up for Winter.
A Common Sunflower in the hot August Summer Sun
The hay bales dry in the Summer.
A grain between grasses
It is hot, and time to bring the harvest in. At the same time, the girls and I enjoy driving out in the country to take a break from the suburban life of Dallas/Fort Worth. There, we still can breath the fresh, less polluted air and stop on the side of the farm roads to see the beauty of the corn fields. Here and there, we see a farmer bringing the harvest in. Thank you for still being around to guarantee us fresh foods.
Our Meyer Lemons are almost ripe and ready for harvest.
Earlier this year, Kevin bought another Meyer Lemon Tree for me. The tree had some lemons growing already. And soon, they will be ripe enough to harvest. Hmm. I like Meyer Lemon juice in my water. They are not so acidic as a lemon and therefore more gentle on my tummy.