Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

Save the Dates: Fall Link Parties!

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Well well, we’ve done it again!  This fall season, I’m partnering up with three of my very favorite ladies like we’ve done in the past.  The four of us are bringing you some fun fun fun this autumn.  Yes indeedy, it’s time for another round of link parties for fall!  

We’re asking you to save the dates and we do hope you will get your seasonal DIY on to mix and mingle at these upcoming parties!   

fall link party badge 2

As you can see Ms. Layla will be showcasing mantels and Ms. Rhoda is handling door décor in the last week of September.  That following week (the first week of October) I’m hosting fall crafts and later that week Ms. Sarah will rock the outdoor projects. 

I loooove to get my craft on when it comes to the holidays, especially in the fall.  Here are a few favorites from the archives that were so much fun to make! 

fall favorite crafts

 

1. Shimmery Magnolia Leaves Wreath; 2. Fall Leaves on Canvas, 3.  Gilded Porch Pumpkin Topiaries,  4. Rub n’ Buff Posh Pumpkins 5. Autumn Leaves Windcatcher 6. Halloween Boo Game Printable & Prize Bags

Time to start hatching a plan ~ it’s going to be another glorious season of fall creativity!  If you’re in search of inspiration, hop onto Pinterest, there’s always much to be found over there.  Also I’ve added a whole bunch of links to my Autumn Ideas board so take a peek there too. 

Start thinking about what you’ll create, we hope you’ll join in the fun!

 

 

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October Favorites

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Happy Halloween weekend y’all!  Do you have a relaxing weekend planned or is your calendar packed with costume related events?  We happen to fall in the latter category, but the rain is putting a damper on all the festivities planned.  No worries, we’ll just trick-or-treat with our umbrellas and rain boots!

Meanwhile, here’s a few fun and inspirational links that inspired me this month, enjoy!

Melissa’s autumn walk at 320 Sycamore

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Ashley’s simple and salvaged tablescape at Pure + Lovely.

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Fall Color Clippings

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

fall leaves in vase

Happy October friends!  Nature is putting on an incredible show this month, especially around my town.  How about yours? 

Over the weekend, I did a little gardening, plus paid a visit to my local nursery to see what’s available to plant on the porch this autumn season. 

More than ever, I was inspired to bring more new perennials into our garden, even plant a new tree or two.

I just love the autumn colors on display in nature and secretly, I’m wanting some new plants in my yard so that this time of year I can bring more fresh clippings indoors to capture that fresh autumn feel. 

     

Favorite Plantings That Guarantee Autumn Color 

Japanese Maple.  This slow growing ornamental tree has the most delicate leaves; ours turns a deep red during the autumn months.  It grows well in containers too.  We’ve had one for almost ten years in a large pot where it receives partial sun and partial shade.  I love to scatter its leaves on our Thanksgiving table. 

japanese maple duo

    

Coleus.  Shades of green, burgundy, and even black in color, this ornamental perennial prefers partial shade and milder climates outdoors, and also makes a great houseplant.

coleus variety

 

Chrysanthemums.    Decorative as a daisy and cute as a button, these hardy favorites come in all autumn shades.  I’ll be choosing deep burgundy versions this year for my own planters. 

fall mums

  

Sunflowers.  A bloom that crosses the bridge from summer to fall, these cheerful bright annuals bring the remnants of sunshine indoors, even as an autumn chill draws near. 

sunflowers duo

 

Ginkgo Biloba.  We’ve all heard of the pharmaceutical uses and the beneficial effects on memory derived from this tree, but how gorgeous are these intense yellow fan shaped leaves in autumn? 

ginko tree duo

 

Viburnum.  Definitely a favorite of mine, this perennial, which is sometimes called ‘Chinese Snowball’, grows white puffy hydrangea like blooms in spring, and provides gorgeous branches of colorful leaves in fall.  It’s been three weeks and only one change of water, and these stems still look fresh on my mantel. 

viburnum duo

 

Hydrangea.  Here’s another spring to fall perennial that I adore.  These blooms arrive in pale green with a wisp of pink in spring, then weather to shades of raspberry and sage in autumn.  In years past, I’ve dried their stems, then sprinkled them with metallic spray paint for a gorgeous holiday arrangement. 

hydrangea duo

 

Grapevines.  Not just for your typical wine country regions, grapevines offer fruit in summer, changing leaves in fall, and branch clippings in winter for forming wreaths. 

grapevines

 

Chinese Pistache.   This deciduous and drought tolerant tree is native to China (hence the name) and is often planted along streets in suburban areas for its hardiness and also its fall foliage.   

 chinese pistache tree duo

 

Oak.   There are several species of this tree, from red to white oak, that put on a glorious show in fall.  Which ones grow best where you are?

autumn oak via mooseyscountrygarden    

The Great Pumpkin.   The quintessential fall themed squash to plant in your garden.  With all the varieties available, if you have the foresight in summer to plant and the patience to let them roam across you yard, you’ll reap the rewards come October. 

pumpkin duo

 

Your local nursery or garden center will know just what perennials and trees grow well in your hardiness zone.   What’s the one plant or tree in your area or garden that gives you the best fall color? 

 

Image sources: Better Homes & Gardens; Martha Stewart; Southern Living; Country Living; Alaska In Pictures; Costco; Mooseys Country Gardens;

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