FALL IS THE SEASON FOR PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE; PUMPKIN PIE; PUMPKIN BREAD; PUMPKIN SOUP; PUMPKIN MUFFINS; PUMPKIN CHEESECAKES… HEYYYY, AND OF COURSE, DON’T FORGET TO USE PUMPKINS TO DECORATE AS WELL!
The most warming decorations of the season are done by combining pumpkins with other items to embellish homes inside and out. The pumpkin color is the knockout; therefore, it doesn’t matter if you use fresh from the grocery store or plastic from the craft store, either way they will be enough reason for people to stop by for a second to enjoy your simple yet artistic stunning creation.
Happy Pumpkin Season and Happy Halloween to All !
It doesn’t matter where you go these days one thing will be expected, mum’s everywhere; the neighbors’ homes, the shopping malls, the grocery stores… I have no idea why; however, the truth of the matter is, if you don’t get to see one plant this season, it will be because you may live in the Caribbean, or Iceland. Who knows, they may have them there now as well… Smile.
Perennial: This flowering plant is both, annual and perennial, depending on the variety. The perennial type is call “hardy mum”. If you have this type, keep them protected after the fall season. They will go dormant during winter and will come back in the spring.
Hardiness: They won’t survive winters in areas where the temp. drops to single digits.
Deer Resistant: Mostly resistant to deer and rabbits.
Full Sun: Will do great in full sun. That is if you water the plants regularly.
Partial Sun: Prefers full sun.
Bloom Time: Bloom for about a month in late summer and/or fall.
Color: Plenty to select.
Size: 12 to 48 inches - H and 24 to 36-W
Water Needs: Regularly, keep moist.
Good Companion Plants: Any other fall blooming plant; however, I prefer to use mums with pumpkins, hay bales and corn stalks during and the fall season.
Ornamental cabbage is one of the most popular winter plants. They provide a totally different texture to your winter landscape. Once the plants are hardened by cooler night temperatures, they can survive most cold winters. They are often mixed up with kale plants. Since they look so similar, you can recognize them by looking at their flat leaves. Kale leaves; however, are rather curly on the edges. The question is, do you want to keep the winter look for next year?
Hardiness: As an annual, it completes the life cycle in one year, then dies.
Deer Resistant: Probably, smile. Edible to humans? Yes, but are not farmed for flavor.
Full Sun: Yes.
Partial Sun: Yes.
Shade: No, although they are cool season plants they love both, sun and partial shade.
Bloom Time: They don’t produce flowers, the leaves change colors and look like flowers.
Color: Green and a mix of pink-purplish.
Size: Approx. 18” tall and wide
Water Needs: Regularly, keep moist but do not over water.
Good Companion Plants: Any other fall blooming taller plants placed in the back.
We have enjoyed container gardening this year for quite a long time; however, fall is here and winter is around the corner. Therefore, if you live in northern states, or in areas where, even though you don’t get snow falls but the temperature usually drops dramatically to a point that can easily kill your annual plants, then this is the time for you to evaluate and decide to either bring the containers indoors or keep them out and put new plants in next spring.
I remember vividly early this year, when I posted my neighbor Estelle’s fabulous container garden. I still can get enough of it.
This morning, I did a walk through my neighborhood and found a good number of containers that are still looking good. The question is, will they be able to drag these heavy containers indoor? (I would.)
If they do it, they will be enjoying these beauties even if it is 15 degrees outside their doors.
My dear gardening friends and enthusiasts:
The 2017 Fall Season is here and I must say that it came too fast. Some people love it more than others because it has its positive and negative side.
The Positive Side: The landscape changes weekly. The colors of trees turn from green to a mix of yellows, reds, gold, browns, which are simply amazing. The temperature outdoor allows you to use your decks and patios more often and the best part; the mosquitoes are GONE!
The Negative Side: Well, this is when you get the best work out for free. I will make a list of some of the chores that you will need to tackle to make your property look spectacular during the winter months:
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