“Magnificent Autumn! He comes not like a pilgrim, clad in russet weeds. He comes not like a hermit, clad in gray. But he comes like a warrior, with the stain of blood upon his brazen mail. His crimson scarf is rent…. The wind…. wafts to us the odor of forest leaves, that hang wilted on the dripping branches, or drop into the stream. Their gorgeous tints are gone, as if the autumnal rains had washed them out. Orange, yellow, and scarlet, all are changed to one melancholy russet hue…. There is a melancholy and continual roar in the tops of the tall pines…. It is the funeral anthem of the dying year. “~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Fall is my favorite season for decorating and entertaining. Gourds, mums, bittersweet, pumpkins and the rich jewel tones of the season bring their exhuberance to warm the cooling days. It is an enchanting time of the year, full of vibrancy, texture and color, nature’s punctuating mark of the year. I was recently invited to speak to a local garden club and have their members tour my gardens. Today I invite you to visit as well.
On a patio table I created a display of my collection of garden cloches in their fall finery. The vignette included bulbs, garden books, bottle brush animals, a fall arrangement of persicaria, sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and flowering weeds from my garden in a bark wrapped vase, gourds, acorns, a vase of pheasant feathers, mini pumpkins, bittersweet vines and garden tools, all under a fern motif candle chandelier. Take a look!I hope you have enjoyed taking a stroll through my fall garden!