Good afternoon, friends! Oh it is hot!
The other day my friend and I went to my favorite garden center, as we always do as each season rolls around.
This is the old farmhouse core of the nursery/ shop.
But everywhere else was beautifully flamboyantly colorful, just like I love! The entry is filled with fall bedding flowers and preplanted pots.
Celosia or coxcomb.
A different version of celosia, like an ornametal grass:
Coxcombe has really become beautiful in recent years.
The inspiration for my Thanksgiving Welcome small quilt.
This nursery prides itself on its pansies. Winter pansies do very welt in this seaside climate and are much loved, a popular late autumn choice.
Next we walk into the big airy display area. Fall bulbs and fresh cider, locally made.
Pumpkins galore to make my heart sing.
I wanted stripey pumpkins this year but they were far out of my budget,
The mums were beautiful and I did treat myself to two pots this year. Size of small shrubs. One for my deck and the other, along with a classic orange pumpkin for my entrance door, plus a few baby jacks..
On through to the pumpkin patch! Smaller and subdued this year. My friend wasn't allowing me a lot of time, so I didn't get to visit and pet the goats and feed the ornamental chickens.
Many pumpkins though, in their perfection of orange, like my quilts I so love.
Afterward we stopped in the health food store for an array of supplements to bolster our immune systems. Their flowers never disappoint, if only to admire from afar.
Back home, here are my little baby jacks, in my old big bowl.
I hope you will take the time to buy some mums and choose a pumpkin! Even if jackolantern carving is not your thing, the fruits and flowers add a luscious touch to Autumn, and stay fresh through Thanksgiving.