Posts Tagged 'Fall'

Autumn Splendor.

autumn splendor trees color leaves fall

Beneath a yellow fading tree,
As red suns light thee, Autumn-morn,
In wildest rapture let me see
The sweets that most thy charms adorn.

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Virginia is for *Fall* Lovers.

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Looks like my good ‘ol home state of Virginia is stepping up to the Things-To-Do plate and giving it’s residents and visitors some worthwhile attractions at it’s website www.virginia.org/fall. From food festivals, scenes drives, wine festivals, apple picking, pumpkin patches and crazy mazes, looks like anyone can fall in love with the state of Virginia when the cool air settles in. For an up to date report on the changing leaves, call the Fall foliage hotline at 1-800-424-love. Awwww.

Orange Zinc.

I found this table setting online (no idea where it was from, sorry!) and absolutely love love love the vase! I must find this! The overall scale, sculptural shape zinc vase, and single flower color is a terrific combination. It’s not too late to create a similar arrangement – simply bring in a clean and small outdoor zinc planter and plop in orange chrysanthemums as the plant! Easy breezy!

 

Fall Decorating Ideas from Oh’ Canada.

It’s that time of year, eh? Yesterday, as I was walking my dog through a quiet and tranquil Rock Creek Park, I came across a bright red maple leaf in my tracks. It was the first bright red victim of leaf drop that I recalled seeing so far this Fall. So I just had to bring it home! This little souvenir got me thinking about all of the budget friendly and festive fall decorating I could do at my home. Then, I stumbled upon Canada House & Home’s Fall Decorating Ideas photo gallery. Aside from the perfectly propped photography, the ideas are simple, moody, striking, and even a bit envy-inducing (I wish I could have one of those rooms!).

A hide rug and faux fur throw wrapped around a chair cushion or layered over the back brings a cosy feel to the favorite perch. Love the table!

A hide rug and faux fur throw wrapped around a chair cushion or layered over the back brings a cosy feel to the favorite perch. Love the table!

nky black sprigs combined with the vibrant flowering kale in a shallow ceramic bowl are a gorgeous alternative to fresh-cut flowers.

Inky black sprigs combined with the vibrant flowering kale in a shallow ceramic bowl are a gorgeous alternative to fresh-cut flowers.

Layering fabrics, patterns and colors turns any space into a snug retreat from falling temperatures outdoors.

I love this room! Layering fabrics, patterns and colors turns any space into a snug retreat from falling temperatures outdoors.

Demand attention with a long-lasting arrangement of dried seed pods and flowers nestled in assorted white vases.

Demand attention with a long-lasting arrangement of dried seed pods and flowers nestled in assorted white vases.

The mantel comes to life with a rugged display of firewood, a subtle rug, pale pumpkins and black gourd vases.

The mantel comes to life with a rugged display of firewood, a subtle rug, pale pumpkins and black gourd vases.

Create a work of art by displaying an heirloom pumpkin variety, folded burlap or black velvet and a spray of fall berries (consider varieties Valenciano, Lumina, or Jarrahdale). Common goes elegant!

Create a work of art by displaying an heirloom pumpkin variety, folded burlap or black velvet and a spray of fall berries (consider varieties Valenciano, Lumina, or Jarrahdale). Common goes elegant!

Happy Autumn!

Check out the Fall Inspection Guide by This Old House for your homeowners good at keeping that checklist checked off!

Bringing Fall Color to Your Yard.

The Fall season is all about being outdoors in the crisp cool air and enjoying the beautiful change of scenery before the onset of Winter. If you would like to introduce a nice pallette of color for next year’s Fall flush, look to Sunset Magazines recommendations for trees that burst with beauty. Just remember that we live in various climate zones when it comes time to decide on the proper trees for your garden (Washington, DC area residents should look at climate zones 6 and 7). Here are a few that top the list:

Pin Oak Leaf.

Pin Oak Leaf.

Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis): A garden-scale tree with a rounded canopy; narrow leaflets give it a lacy appearance. In fall, foliage turns luminous shades of orange and red to gold. Climate zones 4-16, 18-23.

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum): The most airy and delicate of all maples. Varieties with colorful leaves include ‘Atropurpureum’ (bronzy green); ‘Bloodgood’ (scarlet); ‘Bonfire’ (orange-pink); ‘Ever Red’ (crimson). Zones A3, 2-10, 12, 14-24.

Liquidambar: Maple-like leaves give this stout-trunked tree a lacy effect. Fall color varies by variety. L. styraciflua ‘Palo Alto’ has orange-red to bright red leaves. L. styraciflua‘Festival’ turns yellow, peach, pink, orange, and red. Zones 3-9, 14-24.

Maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba): A graceful tree with fan-shaped leaves that turn buttery yellow in fall; they drop all at once to create a golden carpet on lawns or paving. Zones A3, 1-10, 12, 14-24.

Pin oak (Quercus palustris): An open, rounded tree. In brisk fall weather, the glossy leaves turn yellow, red, and finally russet brown. Zones 2-10, 14-24.

Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki): In fall, leaves turn vivid yellow, orange, or red; after they drop, brilliant orange fruits hang on well into winter. Best in zones 6-9, 14-16, 18-24, H1.

Welcome Home Autumn.

Here come the seasonal Fall colors! Happy Autumn!

Fall colors are on their way!

Fall colors are on their way!


Just a Thought.

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