My autumn decorations are mostly done, although I will add some Halloween things later in the month and some pumpkins on the doorstep too.
The leaves are falling in the garden at quite a rate now and will continue to do so for some months. The last of the oak leaves never fall until after Christmas. There are lots of acorns - which will please Mr Squirrel and his bride who has made an appearance with him in the garden now! Eeek, two squirrels to dig things up!!!!!
Bulbs are being planted and it really is time to admit defeat and empty the annuals out of the flower pots and let them go, they are neither use nor ornament at this stage of the year and I want to get my precious pots put away just in case we do suddenly get a freaky spell of frost. Other things can stay awhile though. The garden umbrellas can probably be safely stowed away now though.
The grapes are mostly ripe and are sour as usual, but the blackbirds will have a real feast on them and I love to watch them eating them so that is fine by me. I don't grow them for us to eat. The apples from the tree are hard as rocks and also sour so into the compost they go otherwise we are overrun with wasps. I get given apples for eating from other people so we don't worry about them.
Anyway, enough of these autumn remembrances. On to my five things for today! Five photos from the front door arrangements for this year.
This pot contains a bay tree that we planted last year after all the building work was finished. A sort of topping out ceremony, but in a pot! The bay has grown really well and got very tall, so I took the top out of it and it has started to bush out. Next year I will try and train it into a sort of rounded pyramid affair if I can. We will see.
All I have done is add a garland of artificial leaves around the edge of the pot and poked in a scarecrow to add some colour. A little touch, but just enough for now. Oh, and the bay tree looks a bit back to front because it is. We turned the pot around as it was all rather one sided, so I hope that this side will fill out a bit now.
The giant chrysanthemum on the other side of the door is still doing really well too. So many wonderful flowers and such a pretty colour. Actually they change colour as they age which gives a nice two tone effect to the whole arrangement. I do love to get a chrysanthemum for the door each year.
I tried to make an autumn wreath for the front door. Well, let me tell you, it was horrible. Really. It was nasty. I hated it. So when I saw this in Homesense it made far more sense for me to purchase this wreath and hang this on the door instead of the creature from the deep that I had created. It is a cheat and it wasn't cheap, but I will keep it to use from year to year, so it is an investment. I am unlikely to buy anything else new for autumn and I have never had a nice autumn door arrangement, but now I have this.
Leaves are starting to gather on the doorstep and driveway and although I should sweep them up they add to the autumn feel of the arrangement so they can stay for now. I probably should get rid of the weeds though!
Finally, the fifth photo, the whole door arrangement. Both pots and the wreath, you cannot see any fallen leaves, but they were around, a little gust of wind blew them out of shot though and the neighbours would have thought me a little odd to pick up leaves to put into a photograph shot! You can see just how bright and sunny it has been this week with the bright sun and shade in this photo.
There you have it, an arrangement for autumn!
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