This month in the yard: October

I’ve stalled on publishing this month’s post on my gardening efforts because I really need to pull some weeds. ūüôā ¬†I’m so happy with the Lantana, Cana Lillies and the little orange annuals out front. They all added so much color this year. I’m pleased also that the Crepe Myrtles we added and/or moved are all alive and blooming.

The most exciting thing happening in the yard right now is the massive growth of a mysterious – but really pretty – vine off the back patio. Any guesses as to what it is???

That was my good news.

Perhaps I expected too much, but overall, this year fell far short of my Southern Living inspired expectations¬†of how colorful and lush our flowerbeds were going to be. I keep going back to my friend Robin’s comment: “It all looks purdy¬†in the store, don’t it, Kim?” It all looks so easy in the magazine!!!

I really just want to swing in the hammock while surrounded by an ocean of color…

These silly purple coneflowers bloom sporadically. The plant next to this one has brown/dead flowers.

I’m already planning changes for next Spring, beginning with a thick layer of mulch to control weeds¬†and moving the¬†oversized¬†Hostas and Cana Lillies.¬†I am also going to scale back the selection of plants.¬†I drove past a house the¬†other day with landscaping that looked so simple, so beautiful and so colorful – beds full of Dwarf Hollies intermixed with Nandina and Loropetalum. Green, purple, orange and red for the Fall. Easy peasey. <SIGH>

The kitties enjoy it regardless…


Fall is in full swing…

I spend about 10 minutes on “seasonal decorating” every Fall and Spring. I know some people really get into it, but I am pretty happy with brown all year. I add some white in the Spring and some orange in the Fall and I am good. The exception to the rule is Christmas, of course.

Our house is a mess right now – not at all recovered from a weekend of entertaining. (Photos coming soon!)¬†In these moments,¬†I love to straighten up the family room, light a scented candle,¬†and pretend the rest doesn’t exist! Ha! ūüôā

Here’s a peek at Fall in our house…

I pulled out my favorite super cozy faux-fur throw to snuggle under while watching TV…

I decided to leave out the throw pillows we have been using since teal and brown are Fall colors – and I just like them.

I stuck this vase here to get it out of the way and decided to let it stay even though it’s technically my Spring time arrangement.

You know I like to ‘shop within my home’. I pulled this out of the big cabinet in my office (in the background of this photo). I’ve had all this for years but never combined it quite this way¬†– so¬†now my¬†old stuff feels new again!

In the Spring and Summer, I keep a glass jar of sand and shells on this entry table Рbut in the Fall, I pull out this glass pumpkin filled with potpourri.

Fall can be defined by three things: colorful leaves, pumpkins, and football. What’s not to love?!?

This is supposed to be a picture of the flowers and basket that are here in the entry all year long Рbut my eye was drawn to the wireless router and power strip stuffed under the cabinet in the office. Nice, huh? Good thing no one pays me to blog!

This little man is 7 years old now…

Oh my goodness!