What spectacular beauty October brings to the deep South – leaves transition to crimson, copper, and golden hues, tree branches are heavily laden with clusters of berries, acres of pristine cotton fields are ready for picking, immaculate hay bales dot the rural landscape, shining patches of Golden Rod are at their glorious peak, and brilliant fields of sunflowers captivate! Lovely shades of every variety of pumpkin from my personal favorite, Jarrahdale, to Cinderella, are practically in every produce stand, garden center, and grocery store. Seasonal mums, crotons, and flowering kale are staples as well, and signal that fall has truly arrived.
((Courtesy of Carroll’s Nursery)
Nothing says fall like backyard marshmallow roasting over a fire on a cool,crisp autumn night, and decorating the perfect pumpkin! (Photographs courtesy of my friend, Yvonne, and her precious granddaughters).
Fruits of the harvest are perfect for fall floral design: Holly berries, American Beautyberry, pears, and Dusty Miller create a simple, but beautiful fall arrangement.