Now's the time to begin planning your fall decor
HUNTINGTON -- Can you feel it in the air? Have you noticed the browning of the foliage? Are the evenings just a little cooler and the mornings foggier? Did you note that it is getting dark just a shade earlier at night? The children have gone back to school, and all of those clues add up to this -- fall is just around the corner.
The blessings of summer are fading into the bounty and celebrations of autumn. If you are a person who likes to rejoice in the seasons here are some suggestions to help you welcome this change.
First if you want those chrysanthemums to bloom more than one year they need to be planted in your landscape now while the roots have time to acclimate and wiggle into the soil. Otherwise the ground will be too cool and you will only get one year's bloom out of them.
Your summer annuals are going to begin to look stringy and wimpy so clean them out and add some of the many types of flowers that will take your yard into late fall. Asters, hellebores, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, goldenrod, witch hazel, sedum and Russian sage are just a few flowers that can be right showy in your fall landscape. Some of these should have been planted earlier in the year but take note and do it next year.
Cut flowers in interesting containers like pumpkins, baskets and other rustic vessels just speak the language of the cooler weather. Don't throw away that solar lantern that doesn't work anymore, fill it with flowers, gourds and grasses. Candles dressed up with texture like burlap wraps or cornhusks deliver the fall message as well. Use battery-operated candles so there is no need to worry about a fire hazard.
Falls harvest brings an explosion of apples, pumpkins and other late maturing fruits and vegetables. Many folks will freeze or can lots of these delicious products to be enjoyed through the winter. Still many of us will put them on our porches in our foyers and on the dining room table as decorations.
Fall décor doesn't have to be rustic. For example, beautiful white pumpkins gracing a mantle with silver candlesticks can be very elegant.
Whose front steps couldn't be enhanced with some of the wonderful variety of pumpkins that are available today? Pumpkins or an assortment of squash come in lovely colors readily available in most super markets. Another standard, green apples, piled up in a glass container on the kitchen counter are not only attractive but a healthy snack for the children. Pyracantha, holly or viburnum with their colorful berries makes nice additions to most arrangements.
As the days cool Mother Nature puts on quite a show with the foliage and some of that can be brought inside to enhance your living space. One of the more innovative ideas picked up online was dipping colorful leaves in wax and hanging them from a light fixture. These waxed leaves can also be attached to a stick and integrated into a flower arrangement springing out of a hollowed pumpkin. Think in terms of layers of foliage, fruit and flowers mixed together in all of your décor.
Fall isn't here just yet but you can begin to plan how you are going to use the season's bounty to enhance your landscape and interior living space. As we say goodbye to summer embrace fall's bounty and take advantage of its offerings.
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