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One of my favorite children’s books refers to the moment when you wake up, but the sun’s not up as the “in between.” I think of this time of year as the same. Really in the Midwest autumn is over…trees are bare…pumpkins are rotten from freezing…but winter really isn’t supposed to come until after we eat that turkey!
This year Thanksgiving is late and there are actually only 3 short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break which for us teachers IS Christmas! With family coming, I didn’t want to “overkill” and have the house decked out for Christmas…but where is the balance for the “in between…”
I would love to know what you do, but here is what I’m trying…
The grapevine garland I bought for Our Knot, but it has been one of the most diverse things for adding a little touch of nature to any room
Decorating a tree with branches of flowers is so much faster than ornaments! We will still have the traditional tree in the family room, but this gives just the right touch.
See my pumpkins mixed in still – I think the key was not to introduce any bright red yet. Red is one of my favorite reasons to L-O-ve Christmas. It will be easy to put the pumpkins away next Friday and pull out the red!
A little pumpkin, snowflake, and evergreen mix…
Your turn…what makes your home merry before the Turkey is eaten??
Today was a delicious day of celebrating what summer dishes up. Peaches frozen, apples sliced, and tomatoes canned as delicious salsa and spaghetti sauce. I’m making plans for readying my planters for fall, but then I realized I didn’t share their summer style (keep in mind we had flooding rains followed by a drought).
I usually don’t use petunias other than waves in planters, but these double petunias from the school’s plant sale were a fun surprise popping our of the sweet potato vine.
My calibrachoa struggled as the summer went on, but was beautiful to start spring.
The lantern and buckets were all free treasures found from the 1800’s house we renovated. I really should share more before and after photos of that soon.
This is a little blurry, but the bucket of Creeping Jenny was one of my favorites. The bluebird is my friendship bird that reminds me of my dear friend Mrs. McIntosh who taught me so much about gardening.
I always L-O-ve ornamental grass with sweet potato vine as a no-fuss combo and it looks great in the fall!
Obviously I have a small obsession with sweet potato vine, but I think it gives such a flare to the pots, and I think using it repetitively gives cohesion to pots that look completely different! The blue fescue grass was a new touch, but it worked well in pots. Now I can put it in the ground to enjoy next year!
Something new I did this year was to add colorful crotons to my outdoor pots. These I will pull out for fall and use as plants indoors. The little nest was courtesy of my little cowboy’s adventures. He was very clear that it was already on the ground…
This gorgeous copper tub of blooms was a gift from Mother’s Day.
I hope you have enjoyed a little container gardening this summer and that taking a peek at mine has made summer last just a little bit longer.