Easy on the eyes with a cool, come hither attitude, it’s easy to fall for fall.
October is one of the best months of the year in Oklahoma, and this year, we welcome the cooler weather with open arms and hearts.
Fall is friendly with pumpkins, mums and ghosties calling “Boo” in the night. I suggest placing pumpkins, gourds, or winter squash where you have bare spots, and it will instantly brighten your fall border.
As you can see, three is thrice as nice. So, just go do it. If you live in Guthrie, try Terra Cotta–on the main drag into town–for all things fallish, and try not to think about the cost. In Edmond, I suggest the little corner market at 5th and Broadway. They will load your pumpkins into your car with a smile. Spray the bottoms of the pumpkins with some type of clear sealer, and they will last through the entire season. Go ahead, add a mum or a couple of ornamental kale too, and they will help you forget the summer from hell.
When you’re at your local nursery, also request good, garden mums and native asters, which are different from florist mums perfectly sheared for fall. These hard-working plants will return year after year, and they are excellent pollinator food for those insects hanging about the last, few, warm days.
So many flowers are showing off for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day that I may need two posts to cover even a third of them. The salvias just needed a bit cooler weather to really shine for fall. I have both Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ which looks like nothing in a photo, but is so beautiful in the garden, along with ‘Van Houtte’s’, a much more unusual and intense shade of red. Helen Weis talked me into buying ‘Van Houtte’s’ when we were at Bustani. Although in summer, I griped about its performance, it now is beginning to display the kind of glamor she talked about.
A little rain, a lot of sunshine and milder temperatures have the birds, animals and even people in a swoon over fall. In town, I saw people walking to lunch and talking while birds serenade sweetly from the trees. It was just like Seattle, and the new Whole Foods which opened this week helped too.
Yes, it’s easy to fall for fall.
Many thanks to Carol from May Dreams Gardens who got me outside with my camera to shoot some photos for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day held on the 15th day of each month. Lately, all I’ve had in my hands are trowels and hoes as I attempt to repair last summer’s brutality. I must say the work has been pure joy.