Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall Decorating: An Autumn Afternoon In The Garden

Hello my beautiful blogging friends and readers! I am really happy to be able to post about my fall garden this evening because that means I have "finished" outside decorating for this year. I  guess I should say I am satisfied for now since I am always changing things! I am doing my best to refrain from buying any more pumpkins, but I have an addiction to pumpkins like some people have for shoes! I just can't get enough of them. I find them so intriguing and magical and I get so much enjoyment out of them from Sept. through the holidays. Despite all the negative things going on in the world and the devastating effects of modernization on nature, I consider it a blessing that we now have all kinds of beautiful new varieties of pumpkins and gourds that we never had access to in the past. I try to buy something new and create a whole new "ambience" each year.  
Last year I took you for a walk on an autumn morning, this year we will be walking in the afternoon.

I am always drawn to cool and muted pale tones which add a bit of mystery and magic to the fall and Halloween garden. With such a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds to choose from these days it can be overwhelming, but they are all so beautiful so anything goes! This year I chose softer hues to create a romantic-French Country inspired look.

At first I was a little disappointed when none of my local garden centers or nurseries carried the dark purple variety of kale. I had intended to create a similar display to the one I did last year which I based around dark purple plants that you can see below.

"An Autumn Morning In The Garden" is still one of my favorite blog posts. I hope you will click the link at the bottom of the page to see the full post with lots more pictures.

 In the past I have been able to find the darker kale at Lowes, but since they didn't have any I chose this new variety which has more gray/green with purple striations and that's how I got the inspiration for this new, softer palette.The same thing happened with the yellow mums. I normally would not use yellow in this area of the garden, but this particular hybrid has lots of coral tones in the blooms that led me to look for coral and peach pumpkins, which I thought would contrast nicely against greens and grays.
 This area is the first landing of a set of stairs leading to our front porch. I love to linger here because it makes me forget I am in Eastern KY near a busy main road. My imagination takes me to other  more serene places and I feel truly transported.  To me that is the true magic of decorating and gardening. Being able to change your surroundings by adding things that are beautiful to you and inspire your dreams.
Isn't this just the shabbiest little cutie?

Oooo! I went crazy when I saw this white fairytale pumpkin! It was the only one, meant for me! I have to share this for White Wednesday.
I really love how the patina of the small urn matches the white and buckskin pumpkins.
 I enjoy savoring every little detail of autumn beauty. If you look  you will notice a lot more purple on the underside of the kale. The striations in the pumpkins are similar. I think this picture almost looks like an oil painting. My husband is an artist and I think I am going to commission him to paint this, using homemade sweet potato casserole as his compensation.
My favorite urn jam packed with fall goodness

 View from the top level of our porch looking down to the first stoop.

It's definitely my favorite time in the garden.  Nothing compares to the beauty of fall!
If you enjoyed this post I really hope you'll check back soon, as I am hoping to post about my backyard garden sometime this week. Also don't forget to check out last year's post "An Autumn Morning In The Garden" here:

Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. Super display! I'm a sucker for Cinderella pumpkins. You're right too about using decorating to change your view. Great point!

  2. Hi and wow how beautiful your garden looks decorated with all the different colored pumpkins. Happy Fall to You!
    Julie from

  3. Very beautiful decorating ;)

    I follow you beautiful blog. I hope you will follow me back and I will wait for you in my blog

  4. Gorgeous pumpkins! I love the colors and textures, and especially the dark green and orange one from last year.

  5. Lovely! Love the mix you selected. I'm looking for some of the blue pumpkins, but haven't found them as yet. ;-)

  6. Your pumpkin garden look so beautiful. Love the greyish green pumpkin. Pretty.


  7. Wonderful Fall display....and I love those fairytale pumpkins!

  8. i'm loving those "shades of grey" pumpkins! soooo lovely! "merci" for visiting me on "grey dey thursdey." i hope you'll join me and the grey dey gals as we "go grey" together! tee. hee! ;)

  9. Wow, Amber, I loved looking through all your photos. Fall is such a beautiful season!
    Thank you so much for sharing this post @ Inspire Me Fridays, very inspirational!

  10. This is really really beautiful! I love the view from above. Pumpkins ARE magical arent they? wish I could find some large ones that are not orange, but not yet. lovely lovely post!

  11. Now that looks like a prize winning autumnal garden to me! So the variety of pumpkins.

  12. I would love to stroll through your fall garden. It is so inviting. I also love all varieties of pumpkins and last year I could not throw mine away even at Christmas. I did remove them to a wheelbarrow in the back of my yard I could not see but because they were still in perfect condition I could not bring myself to throw them away until they showed signs of rotting. Is that crazy or what!

  13. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I love all your pumpkins!
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  14. I love the rustic look of your fall decor. Thanks for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend.

    Wishes for tasty dishes.
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  15. Love, love, love your pumpkins! Great decor :) Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative Home & Garden Hop! I'm featuring your post today! Hope to see you again for the new hop :)
    PS: New follower!

  16. Wow, what a beautiful garden full of Fall touches...just beautiful!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  17. Beautiful garden vignettes! I love fall too!
    Miss Bloomers

  18. I featured your gorgeous pumpkins and garden today on Mod Mix Monday at ModVintageLife

  19. What a gorgeous assortment of pumpkins and gourds. I too have a weakness for the unusual and unique. Wal-Mart just got in a large shipment of some very unusual ones. I only bought one since my outdoor décor was done, but oh how I wanted to buy more, more, more! I love your beautiful displays! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  20. Absolutely gorgeous - beautifully done these photos look like still lifes! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  21. I want to try to grow these, do you have any photos of them before you picked them?
    smiles, cyndi


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