While Linus works toward having the most sincere pumpkin patch, we aim for sincere decorations. We don’t expect a visit from the Great Pumpkin, but simply seek the unadulterated delight of visiting children … and the wayward parents they happen to drag along.
Once darkness falls and our Halloween witch dons her sinister garb, trick-or-treaters will meet the skeletons’ coffin playground.
Nearby they’ll find Sir Jack-O-Gardener, who makes good use of dried hydrangea blossoms, a curvy gourd (courtesy of Staehly Farm, along with the pumpkin), and a few fallen acorns. Don’t worry, the light comes not from a candle – hydrangea blossoms seem very flammable – but from a small plant accent light inserted via a well placed opening cut into the back of Sir Jack-O-Gardener’s head … fortunately Sir Jack-O no longer feels pain ;-).
His guts will be relegated to the compost heap, which also waits hungrily for Sir Jack-O’s remains come November 1. Jack-O-Gardener’s life will be short, but his sincere existence will delight many … maybe even Linus. Oh yeah, should you see Charlie Brown any time on Halloween, tell him we don’t give out rocks.
Happy Trick-or-Treating … and act fast for Staehly Farm goodies. They close Sunday for a much needed break before tree cutting season begins.
Now is the time to get out and enjoy the last of the fall colors in southern Connecticut. While outside wandering … whether aimlessly or not … look high to grab a mental snapshot of New England’s breathtaking fall colors. But also look down to take note of color changes lower to the ground. Often, perennial plantings put on their own show each fall. Low-growing sedum, once bright green, now displays it’s autumn hues.
Shorter grasses, like this pennisetum, add color and structure.
Also, while enjoying the view, keep a sharp eye out for any bittersweet vines. I do a thorough bittersweet search in the spring, but fall is also a good time to attack this invasive vine.
In the photo below you can see the green bittersweet leaves giving themselves away at the top of a native blueberry bush. This bittersweet easily could have grown from a small shoot to this in one season. Pull bittersweet now, before the ground freezes and, if possible, burn the vines in an outdoor firepit so birds cannot eat the seeds and further spread the tree and bush destroying vine.
How I would love to capture the warmth and beauty of a sunny fall day. I’d release the colors, smells, and waning sunlight to brighten my office in dreary February.
Tree leaves, like this dogwood, glow in full fall glee. Miscanthus seed heads sway in the breeze. Waning ferns show off their beauty against still green carex. Beech trees beckon one out to the crisp fall air.
Enjoy these days and the beauty that waits outdoors … New England’s gifts seem boundless.