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.
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: http://junkaholicsunanimous.blogspot.com/2012/10/an-autumn-morning-in-garden.html
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