I've decided this year to make a presentation on the deck so we could view it right from the kitchen dining nook where we the sliding glass doors are and we can view it the most.
I emptied my black urns of the big fuchsia's that were in them and stacked up some pumpkins starting with a Cinderella pumpkin. No one had the green color for the middle so I went with the lighter almost flesh color and topped it with a white one. I love the pumpkins with the warts so I made sure I had one.
On the opposite side I replicated that look and staged a few things like the lantern. I used a the pine needle mulch underneath.
We visited the Farmer's Market a few weekends in a row and I added pumpkins and gourds each trip. Boy it was fun getting them back to the car! Not!!
That pumpkin with the giant stem is known as a Wolf pumpkin.
They call this one in front a Turbin Squash. It's fun to see all the varieties available.
The big orange one is called an Indian Doll pumpkin. That's a swan neck gourd although I chose a straighter one this year.
We haven't had a frost yet so my annuals are still growing. I gave this large black urn center stage. I enjoyed watching this grow all summer.
When I planted it I used three fiber optic plants, three white alyssum and three begonia plants. The begonias took over everything.
I almost hate showing my deck because it needs a new coat of stain. The squirrels keep eating it too- we have chew marks and wood missing and it's quite messy. You wouldn't believe how bad the steps look. We have someone that's going to rebuild the steps but hasn't been able to do it yet so we may wait until spring now. We think the squirrels are finding leftover traces of salt from the winter when we put it out so we don't fall on the ice.
I had tossed some leaves around and it looked more fallish but hubby didn't understand and he blew the deck off and all my leaves! LOL... very soon my arrangement will be flooded with them and it will look even better. I might add a couple of clusters of corn stalks but I'm not sure if I should bother. The raccoons, squirrels and chipmunks always seem to visit and ravage them.
The last rose of summer!
Did anyone watch the Hallmark movie "The Impossible Dream" on Sunday from the Signed, Sealed and Delivered series? They had me in tears a few times (the latter part of the movie is the best but you need all the prior set-ups to understand it)! You'll find a reference to the last of rose of summer in the movie.
We are heavily overcast and expecting rain. My heart goes out to those in South Carolina who are really getting a beating from the affects of Hurricane Joaquin. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
Ivy and Elephants