The Fall is definitely upon us. The temperatures have dropped and everywhere you look, there are advertisements for anything and everything pumpkin flavored. One of my favorite things this time of year is a good pumpkin latte. I’ve tried them from Starbucks, 7-11, Dunkin Donuts even McDonalds and they are all fabulous. Hot, rich pumpkin flavor, sweet and satisfying. Yum!!
I went the the nursery this week to buy my Fall decorations. I choose some mums open and others that are completely closed. I like having the mums bloom at different times. It’s great looking outside and see the new colors in the garden. Hopefully, they will all still be blooming on Thanksgiving.
My raised gardens are all cleaned out and just resting until next year. I didn’t plant any Fall vegetables this year. Somehow the time got away from me and I before I knew it, it was to late to plant.
My knock-out roses are still in bloom. These things are amazing. They really do bloom Spring, Summer and Fall. I don’t have to do much to them and they keep blooming and growing. When I planted these roses, two years ago, they were no more than 12 inches tall. With minimal feeding and pruning, they are now 4 feet. I love them!!!
In my back yard, I’m still holding on to the Summer plants. I’m so glad to see some of the flowers still in bloom. The begonias look good and in the back there are hydrangea flowers that are beautiful. The ‘Welcome’ mum is in on the walkway leading to my front door. You can see all the leaves that have fallen from my rhododendron nearby. But let’s not get into raking leaves now, that can wait. Oh yes, the pool cover. It is all covered for the winter. We usually open it up by Memorial Day and close it right after Labor Day. We have a short swimming season here in the northeast, but we tend to take full advantage of it while it’s here.